While I have tremendous affinity for the overall position of Westminster Two-Kingdom advocates, I remain skeptical of their proclivity to distinguish between the 2nd table of the 10 commandments which is said to bind all men as well as nations, and the 1st table which is restricted to the individual, the family, and the Church. While I appreciate theological and practical reasons for freeing to the Civil Magistrate from the duty to suppress heresy and idolatry, I fear that the two table division is artificial and unconvincing.
So should Barack Obama take on the role of inquisitor general? Should the Congress go to work on establishing a church and purging the land of its idols? Let me answer with a resounding, hell no. Reasonable Christians must reject theonomic sharia and anti-Augustian “transformationalism”. Despite their theological peculiarities, the American founding fathers cut the Gordian knot of Western Christendom and gifted us a system that wisely insulates the Church from the domination of the state while allowing Christians to live as faithful citizens of this city which is passing away. Church and State can be friends without extending the relationship into a romance. This is wisdom.
But what about the commandments? In posts to follow want to try to explore the 10 commandments, their relationship to the natural law, and their application to the nation-states in high hopes of developing a more satisfying answer than 2-Kingdom theology has provided to date.