The idea of spanking children is a controversial one in this country. There are many people, so-called experts among them, who believe that spanking is an outmoded and even barbaric way of disciplining children. Many see our children as morally neutral beings who need to be gently pointed in the “right” direction.
A quick scan of the Bible shows us that this isn’t so.
Psalm 51:5 – “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
Hebrews 12:11 – “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Proverbs 29:15 & 17 – “The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother. Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.”
We’ve talked about the book of Proverbs and how the fool and wise man are repeatedly contrasted – the fool being the one who refuses to submit to God’s authority. Proverbs is filled with warnings against foolishness, and when these warnings are ignored, along with our instruction, entreaties, and rebukes, then we must move to another form of discipline that will help our children understand the consequences of a life of foolishness and teach them to submit to God’s authority.
In this session we look at the proper application of the rod, that is spanking, and its role in teaching our children to live under God’s authority, with parents as His agent.