Nothing original here, but four quick take-aways from the mid-terms this week:

1. I didn’t necessarily find every detail of Wolfe’s discussion of prelapsarian life convincing, but such speculations (if guided by Scripture) are entirely appropriate and useful. I agree with Wolfe that civil government is a creation ordinance that would have existed in an unfallen world as a way of organizing and structuring social life (e.g, if there was a symphony in an unfallen world, I believe it would have a conductor). Adam was a king, or at least a king in training at the time of his creation, and thus the seeds of political rule had already been planted. Of course this means that certain forms of hierarchy and social inequality would have existed in an unfallen world (as they will in the world to come). There is no reason to think egalitarianism is the natural state of man. Indeed, egalitarianism is fundamentally unnatural. God’s plan for mankind included a diversity of gifts, callings, and stations totally apart from the entrance of sin into the world. In Genesis 1-2, this is plainly seen in the pre-fall headship of the man over his wife. They are equals in bearing the divine image but unequals in nature and role. It would also have been seen in the rise of civil government (e.g., kings and rulers) in an unfallen world.

I put up a Facebook post earlier today raising questions for Stephen Wolfe and his “Christian Nationalism” project.

With mid-term elections right around the corner, here is my advice on how to cast your ballot: Vote for the candidates that hate you the least.

This article from John Frame cuts through a lot of the common misunderstandings of the relationship and use of special revelation (Scripture) and natural revelation. Note that Frame (and Van Til) do not deny that we can learn truth from our reason and our senses interacting with the rest of God’s creation. There is no such thing as “pure biblicism.” But general revelation was never meant to stand alone, even before the fall. There is no “pure nature” or “pure natural revelation.” The two forms of revelation work together and belong together. Thus, we are also always obligated to use Scripture, and we must use Scripture to interpret general revelation properly.