Darrell Todd Maurina, publisher of the Pulaski County Daily, doesn’t have a blog but he regularly drops into the OPC Forum and the Warfield List, both Yahoo Groups. Mr. Maurina is wary of Two Kingdom thought (to put it mildly) and his arguments against 2k typically come down to contrasting 2k with his call for full engagement in the culture war against homosexual rights.
No one is shocked that there is pushback on 2k but one does hope for principled argumentation. We know Mr. Maurina publishes but does he deliver? He has recently offered a sound guideline for profitable discussion about 2k in saying “we need to try to understand each other. …we need to be clear about our differences. … Clarity is not helped by slandering each other’s positions.” (August 9, 2012 OPC Forum) But, wait, does this mean he has changed his mind? Because last summer he said
For those who haven’t been following this issue, by a margin of just one vote, the Holland City Council rejected an ordinance which would have made it illegal to discriminate against homosexuals. [and later…] Get rid of this wicked two-kingdoms theology before it’s too late, or suffer the well-deserved consequences. (June 2011, B.B. Warfield List)
Huh? Linking 2k to a vote by the Holland, Michigan City Council seemed like a stretch and describing 2k as “wicked” doesn’t seem to help understanding and clarity. Then, in a similar tone:
I do not see how this can be regarded as anything other than an abdication of responsibility by the church…. Not only is the civil magistrate under the Escondido version of the two kingdoms doctrine free to be latitudinarian, he is also free to be wildly extreme in his punishments… But the culture wars are real, they’re deadly serious, and if we’re not going to fight back we can’t assume the devil is going to stop fighting just because we try to raise the white flag. (March 2012, OPC Forum)
That’s really a trumpet call to fight the enemies at the gates, not an argument. Then, if he thinks Escondido promotes extreme punishment, I wonder what he thinks of theonomy?
Now we’ll again give Mr. Maurina credit for articulating a second praiseworthy principle for discussion: “I know we need to judge a movement by the theology of its leaders, not its radicals…” (August 9, 2012 OPC Forum). So one would then expect Mr. Maurina to engage someone like David Van Drunen, yes? No. Instead, how about someone who emotionally resonates a little more?
I just found this video of a speech by Misty Irons at the 2012 Gay Christian Network… I think this needs to get widespread attention by those who think the “Radical Two Kingdoms” theology does not have consequences. (August 10. 2012 OPC Forum)
Maybe Mr. Maurina thinks Ms. Irons is a mainstream theological leader, but not many others would describe her that way, including Ms. Irons. Continuing to use Ms. Iron’s name, Mr. Maurina again departs from his second principle of discussion:
If the Escondido 2K people don’t want to be accused of holding positions such as those of Misty Irons, they need to explain why their core principles will not logically lead to positions such as hers. (August 14, 2012, B.B. Warfield List)
Given his line of work, Mr. Maurina should have heightened sensitivity to the difference between discussion on the one hand and then trumpet blowing and button-pushing on the other. It would be nice to see that when he talks about 2k.