There has been an increasing tendency in recent years for Christians to adopt a more militant posture regarding what are perceived to be excessive intrusions by government into the affairs of churches and church-related institutions. This militancy has been influenced, if not exacerbated, by contemporary personalities who claim that the touchstone for determination of whether obedience is owed to any government is the manifestation of a secular humanism within that government. The purpose of this article is to examine whether reliance on secular humanism as the basis for civil disobedience might produce effects inconsistent with a biblical pattern of behavior.
The breadth of language in child abuse reporting statutes as to what constitutes child abuse threatens to interfere with the reasonable use of corporal punishment by parents and others acting in loco parentis. The problem can essentially be expressed as follows: Scriptural commands to use corporal punishment are purpose-oriented whereas child abuse statues are result-oriented. What is needed are reporting statue amendments that would balance protection of the child with a high degree of predictability of child abuse violations for teachers and parents. South Caroline, Maryland, and Maine have statues now which seem to be meeting this need.