Witnessing the sordid mayhem of a child’s tantrum at the mall has shown most of us the foul underside of sin. The parent tries to contain embarrassment, avoiding critical looks from strangers, with the mask of a weak smile of defeat. The overthrow of rightful authority begets a grudging consensus, a silent lament among jaded shoppers, while the noisy scene tends to spawn copycat mutinies.
This snippet from hell is music to the ears of humanists and liberals. A Canadian senator, Quebec liberal Celine Herieux-Payette, now seeks to push through a bill (S-207) that would make biblical spanking a criminal act. Parents who use the rod would be subject to a conviction for assault. The near future could reveal U.S. lawmakers giving us the same “protection” for our children.
God’s Word mentions non-consensual force in Hebrews 12:7-8. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons, for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have been partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
The Word goes on the say that the eventual fruit yielded by means of proper chastisement is that of righteousness. vs.11. From this we learn the key to man’s hatred of correction. It is the abhorrence of righteousness.
Many difficulties that occur in homeschooling come from parental reticence in providing sufficient discipline. Hoping that their educational enterprise will be fun for the child and fearing to enforce needed standards, some parents surrender important high ground, a vital respect for authority. Oddly, they begin to fear their offspring more than they fear God. The result is a teetering academic effort and a failure to educate.
Consult the Covenant Home Preceptor for helpful suggestions on biblical discipline and motivation in God’s Kingdom.
Rev. Dale K. Dykema 08/07