So what Littleboy is giving us here is a warmed over Hegelianism, for all practical purposes.
“For truth is the Unity of the Universal and subjective Will; and the Universal is to be found in the State, in its laws, its universal and rational arrangements. The State is the Divine Idea as it exists on Earth. We have in it, therefore, the object of History in a more definite shape than before; that in which Freedom obtains objectivity, and lives in the enjoyment of this objectivity.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The Philosophy of History — 1840
Littleboy is teaching that in this life the State is God. PERIOD. It can do what it likes and we as Christians must obey. The Church can make moral declamations but it has no earthly power. The Church may indeed be and often is errant. The Church, per Littleboy, is a completely spiritual organization (taking “spiritual” to mean “of no practical consequence.”)
So, for Littleboy when the Stalin says “Kill the Ukrainian Christians” then the State being God walking on the earth (the Erastian model) then Christians at most have to get out of the way.
Second, Littleboy might love him some Erastus and Marsiglio da Padova but unfortunately our Constitution(s) don’t find those two quoted much. The US Constitutions as well as most State Constitutions are clear on this… The State may not infringe on Religious freedoms;” No, not even in a scamdemic. The State is limited to enumerated and delegated powers one of which is not closing churches down — no not even during pandemics.
Now the State can certainly and ought to advise the Church but the Church being God’s Kingdom makes its own decisions. Littleboy seems to have forgotten the idea of jurisdictions. The State has no jurisdiction in the Kingdom realm. This is why the State does not tax the Church. The State has no powers of taxation over a foreign entity. The Church is akin to an foreign Embassy and as such the State does not have jurisdiction over that Embassy and those who serve in that embassy. For the State(s) to dictate to the Church whether or not the Church can gather for worship is akin to the State dictating to foreign embassy whether or not they can gather for work.
Littleboy’s observations about the Church holding no fear for the State may be true but what is also true is that the pagan State knows that if any opposition will ever arise to this current skubala state it will be connected to Christianity in some way. As such, the State is doing now what Marxist States have always done … it is seeking to pull whatever remains of the cultural power of the Church out of the ground by closing the Churches.
If the Church is not Kingdom enough to gather on the Lord’s Day for Worship, if it can effectively deny the means of grace to the flock merely because the Pagan State as belonging to the Satan’s Kingdom say’s “That is not allowed,” then the Church is in no sense at all a Kingdom. Littleboy’s argument is a reductio ad absurdum that reduces Christ’s Kingdom to the imagination all the while insisting against all evidence that it is a real something.
In the end Littleboy is just an overeducated surrender monkey. One can’t take a piss these days without hitting one. His analysis finds us embracing the reality that “in the state we live and move and have our being.” The idea that he is connected to anything with the name “Burke” on it is an irony of the deepest sort.