Sunday, February 13, 2011

February 13th – Proverbs 13: Do You Hate Your Kids?

“He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” – Proverbs 13:24

If you listen to all the self-help, feel good psychoanalysis out there, good old-fashioned discipline is a thing of the past. I’ve actually heard Christian leaders refer to corporal punishment (spanking) as violence. The mantra is that we’ve evolved past discipline and that there is a new way to steer your kids, through manipulation and control reasoning and logic. All we have to do is appeal to their little logical brains and we’ll make responsible adults.


The Word of God is clear. If you don’t discipline (yes, spank) your kids, you HATE them. If you keep this thing from them, you show your resentment for them. It’s not evolution to not discipline your kids, its contempt. You are showing them that there is no real consequence to foolish behavior. You are showing them that you care more about your temporary comfort than you do their long term well-being.

I’ve heard every excuse under the sun: “I was abused as a kid” and my favorite “I just love them too much to hit them!” Well, if you have scars from being abused, go to the cross and get healed! The solution is not to mess up your kids. And no Mom (or Dad) you DON’T love them at all, that’s why you don’t spank them.

Obviously we’re not talking about disciplining in anger or randomly hitting your kids. We’re talking about the loving application of discipline through a neutral object (the rod) to the seat of correction (their butt!) Corporal punishment (spanking) is a signal to your children that associates foolish behavior to pain. They learn very quickly, “When I do that foolish activity, I hurt”. That’s all their little cheerio and apple juice addled brains need to understand.

I can regularly spot the Christians that weren’t disciplined as little kids; they are strangely averse to the discipline of God. I think it’s because they forget this very important fact:

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.” – Revelations 3:19


Unlike some of us, God is a good Father who freely disciplines. Be like Dad.

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