Jesus famously castigated the Pharisees for building the monuments to the prophets their fathers’ had killed. While claiming that they would not have participated in their persecution, Jesus says that they effectively pronounce their own complicit guilt by how fastidious they are about the decorations on their tombs (Mt. 23:29-31).
A Theonomic Example
We need not accuse anyone of the exact hypocrisy, while still pointing out parallel tendencies in human nature. As a race, we often write hagiographies of those we would have had significant disagreements with, with those we would have opposed in the flesh. I’ve often wondered this in my presbyterian and reformed world. For example, there’s been a significant squeamishness to the notion of “theonomy,” which is a term meant to describe the ongoing authority of God’s law over all of life. As it happens, something of a resurgence of the term and related theology happened in the late 70s and 80s, and there was no doubt some unhelpful things said and done in the name of theonomy, understandably giving some people what can only be described as the screaming meemies, and a moment of silence for all of that. But as the great Voddie Baucham has recently said, in so many words: everybody is a theonomist now.