We’re grateful to Kevin DeYoung for interacting a bit with our responses to his recent webpost comparing and contrasting the Two Kingdoms’ approach to church and politics with that of the neo-Kuyperians.
Just to show that this Two Kingdoms stuff isn’t merely the domain of Reformation types, we thought the following report today from the Wall Street Journal was worth reposting:
[President Obama recently held a conference call with some of the nation's top Jewish rabbis.] Josh Yuter, a rabbi and blogger who participated in the conference call, notes that the president urged the rabbis “to address the health care controversy in their upcoming High Holiday sermons”–an idea Yuter finds troubling:
To be sure, most of the Rabbis on the call probably would advocate for substantial health care reform anyway, and I do not know to what extent the President sought out religious leaders or the religious leaders proposed the audience with the President. In either case, I find the blurring of church and state to be disconcerting not only on political grounds (and legal/tax purposes), but also for competency. Rabbis have enough difficulty understanding the nuances and intricacies of their own religion to be promoting specific policies in areas for which they have no expertise.
It seems that no matter what party is in power, the temptation to speak beyond our areas of expertise is strong. We should be grateful for those even in other faiths who recognize this temptation and remind our ministers of their rightful calling.