In this final installment of my discipline and The Bible series, I’d like to ask the following question:
Could you imagine if we only did what our forefathers (and foremothers) did?
Just because our forefathers did things a certain way does not make it the best way, or the right way. If we only did what our predecessors did, we would have no plumbing, electricity, cars, TVs, cell phones, computers, indoor toilets or eye glasses. Slavery would still be legal, women wouldn’t be allowed to vote, and we’d still believe the world was flat — you get the point.
There was a time when builders stuffed walls with asbestos as insulation. Then, someone discovered (I’m paraphrasing), “wait, that’s bad stuff! It’s making people sick and it could kill you!” So we stopped using it. Until the 1970’s lead was in paint, that ‘s just how it was. Then one day someone realized it was bad, especially if kids ate it, and we stopped using lead paint.
What if we’d just kept using these things? Wouldn’t that be stupid, especially once we learned they were unhealthy choices?
Then why, in the name of God (no pun intended), do some people still hit their kids when there’s so much evidence that it’s harmful? (Click here for evidence, and here, and here.)
Times change, things change. We learn and adjust.
Yet some people insist on being literal about what The Bible says concerning discipline, instead of putting it in a modern-day context.
Here’s what I don’t understand. Why do these people take Proverbs’ words on discipline literally, while “overlooking” other things in the Bible they could take literally — like Solomon having 700 wives? I doubt there are many women out there that would be OK with their husbands having one extra wife, let alone 699!
So it’s OK to beat your kids, but not have 700 wives. Hmmm. Sounds like picking and choosing what’s convenient to me.
Simply heeding the word of the Bible when it comes to discipline is the easy way out. It’s time to stop the literal translation and take responsibility for our actions and our children’s future.
The last I heard, “turn the other cheek,” was not an invitation to take another whack of the paddle on the OTHER butt cheek.
If you haven’t already read them, here are links to Part 1 (quotes from The Bible, plus modern opinions) and Part 2 (which questions if the word of God is being misinterpreted).
And remember, you are not alone…
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– Spare The Rod: Don’t Hit (Part 1)
– Spare the Rod: Don’t Hit (Part 2)
– Never Hit a Child
– Equal Rights for Kids: Don’t Hit (Part 1)
– Equal Rights for Kids: Don’t Hit (Part 2)
– Equal Rights for Kids: Let Your Kids Decide
2 Replies to “Spare the Rod: Don’t Hit! (Part 3)”
It’s a good book. Maybe even The Good Book. But people interpret it to say what they want it to say, and they always have. It can justify anything and condemn the same thing by different people. When people want to hit vulnerable, smaller people, they have to search for some kind of false justification or else their soul would explode.
@ People in the Sun: Thank you for the response.
I completely agree. I also think that it’s pretty difficult to change the mind of a person who believes in hitting. It’s the new parents, the ones who have not completely become solidified in their ways that will be the catalyst to more humane ways of discipline.