When it comes to the political arena, theonomists argue that we are either ruled by God’s laws from Scripture, or sinful man’s autonomous laws. They also argue that Christians who refuse to press for God’s laws concerning politics and crime are public square antinomians and compromisers.
Instead of the health of society, let’s apply this logic to the health of the body. “Radical two-kingdomers are afraid to press the crown rights of Jesus into the medical sphere. Some say radiation therapy is the best cure for cancer, others are using more natural cures and ideas. And what about dieting? Does no one care about what God says in Scripture about whether Atkins is proper or not? And what about homeopathy? Surely we must take a prophetic role over the nations and declare what God says about homeopathy and dieting. We even have some men in our churches getting vasectomies after bearing a number of children. Surely there is a clear word from God on whether this is sinful or not. It’s time we stopped this medical antinomianism and declare God’s word over all of life, including dieting, cancer treatment, etc… The argument for freedom in these areas is simply a weak-kneed attempt to capitulate to autonomous man.”
It doesn’t really work, does it? Theonomists usually admit freedom in these areas. So here is the question. If in the matter of the body’s health, we admit there is freedom to figure out what works best for us while also admitting the Bible does not address these questions particularly; and that we can use -dare I say- natural laws of science to help us decide these issues, why, when it comes to society’s health, Christians who also admit freedom to disagree on politics and social policy, who suggest God has not spoken to these issues particularly, are assumed to be antinomians and compromisers? In other words, why do politics need a manifesto from the Bible but not health?
(I have an answer but I’ll wait to see yours first).