Okay so we're thinking a lot about being Reformed. But do we want to be really Reformed, or do we just want a safe robust theology that stands up to fluffy nonsense, but doesn't make any real difference to our way of living?
I'm currently reading Sex, Marriage, and Family in John Calvin's Geneva: Volume 1 Courtship, Engagement and Marriage.
I can't begin to describe Calvin's radically different view of society. How far do current "Reformed" Christians wish to go in their return to the old ways? For example, engagement to be married: Calvin and his colleagues allowed for only two get out clauses, and the time between engagement and marriage was to be around 8 weeks. Any longer, you got wrapped over the knuckles and were compelled to marry.
In lists of pastoral vices found in Ecclesiastical Ordinances (1541) rebellion against ecclesiastical order is included in the "intolerable" section, along with drunkenness. Thankfully, buffoonery comes in under the "can be endured" section.
What's my point? One thing to love the doctrines of grace, another thing entirely to apply the civil laws and principles for living of the Reformed churches. Two kingdoms? We struggle with the idea of one!?
And before anyone jokes about why I'm reading such a volume... let's just say I'd be viewed with a high degree of suspicion in Calvin's Geneva for being 32, eligible, and single. The church would have to arrange a marriage for me before disciplining me for buffoonery.