“Those who hide behind the idea that the church should never speak to political issues have missed the scriptural accounts of what we would call prophetic criticism….
…The principle reason for the existence of any government is to maintain, sustain, and protect the sanctity of human life. When the state fails to do that, it has become demonized. And it is the sacred duty of the church and of every Christian to voice opposition to it….
..It is time for Christians to give prophetic criticism to the church, specifically those churches that support abortion on demand or remain silent on this major issue…
..When the church is silent in the midst of the a holocaust, she ceases to be a real church. Wherever human dignity is under attack, it is the duty of the church and of the Christian to rise up in protest against it. This is not a political matter, and neither is it a temporary matter. It is not a matter over which Christians may disagree. It is a matter of life and death, the results of which will count forever.”
Tabletalk, April 2013
Dr. Sproul has given us a couple principles here.
First, Dr. Sproul has told us that the Church, as the Church, must speak out whenever the demonized State pursues an agenda that is contrary to the revealed norms of Scripture. Of course this principle is exactly contrary to R2K, with its insistence that the Church must not speak out on common realm issues. Dr. Sproul goes as far to say that such a responsibility is a “sacred duty.” R2K denies that this “sacred duty” ever exists.
Second, Dr. Sproul has told us that the R2K principle of Churches not speaking out against a demonized state are Churches that themselves must be spoken out against. Churches that employ the R2K principle of “silence on common realm issues” are churches wherein prophetic criticism must be raised against. In short, such churches are to be denounced.
Third, notice the mention of the “demonized state.” I would suggest that implicit in such an idea is the fact that the State is not common in the sense that it serves no religious agenda. Obviously if a state can become demonized, it is also the case that a state can be “Christian.”