I tripped across this piece by David Van Drunen. DVD is a contemporary theologian who is doing some excellent work in Reformed natural law and W2K theorizing. I read the following remarks and thought immediately of Outhouse contributor Ruberad in his unrelenting view that the marriages of unbelievers are not legitimate.
DVD has not been named a saint yet, but I am contemplating a nomination. Ok, he uses that really bad category called “abortion” to make some of his specific points, but Outhouse sainthood is not as pure as Vatican City’s. Plus, I was waiting for him to make the Hartian point that in the next aeon our martial/familial ties will be dissolved, which seems to work quite against any notion that we may locate these institutions in the realm of special grace—you know, Jesus’ hate your father and mother, and Calvin’s “don’t be too tied to this world,” and all that sort of thing—but he doesn’t. Nevertheless, it is enough for me that he counters the unfathomable claim that unbelieving marriages are somehow invalid.
“There are many more things that Kloosterman said that I might respond to, but I must address just one more before making some concluding remarks. Kloosterman says: “Illustrative of the problematic two-kingdom construction being advocated by VanDrunen is the question: To which of the two kingdoms, worldly or spiritual, must we assign marriage and the family?” He apparently thinks that he has me locked on the horns of a hopeless dilemma, but I reply unambiguously: to the “worldly” kingdom. Marriage and family are part of the original creation order, they have been sustained by common grace, and my unbelieving neighbors’ marriage is just as valid in the sight of God and society as mine. Christ’s redemptive work is not the origin of marriage. The church did not establish the bearing of children. Marriage and family are institutions common to believers and unbelievers alike. The church recognizes these institutions, commends them, and gives some general instructions about them, but it does not create them.”