Hebrew 12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;6FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” 7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
Proverbs23:12 Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge. 13Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. 14You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol… AKA. . . Hell.
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.+
Is Adrian Peterson guilty of switching his child? I say NO. He may been guilty of going about it the wrong way. But correcting our children is essential for their growth and well being, as the Lord has said this in His Word. I will contribute to Mr. Peterson’s defense fund if necessary, we are losing our freedom at every level and our homes are becoming more and more volunerable.
Children that do not fear their parents in a respectful way will not fear the Lord or any authority. It is essential that we punish our children in the appropriate way. My personal use of corporal punishment are: After two stern warnings about inappropriate behavior, I would send the unruly child to their room and tell them they had a spanking coming. Later after I thought on their transgression, maybe an hour or so, I would enter the room and talk to them (in the presence of their mother when possible), and explain why they were being punished and show them where God instructed me as a father it insure their obedience. After the mother left the room, I would administer the punishment and then hold them and love on them until all was good between us. This was the primary and I might say seldom used order of corporal punishment. The spanking would be strong enough that they did not want another one and the memory of it lasted for long periods of time. The Child would mind very well for extended periods. I don’t recall spanking any of my children more than four times in their entire life. One of my sons lied to me when he was 16 and I called him in and reminded him of our standing rule on lying and informed him he had an option to take 16 licks or he could leave my household and go live with his mother or some other relative but if he did not want to pay for his transgressions as a man then he was not going to live under my roof. He took the licks. We are best friends today and at 45 years old he has a wonderful wife and three of the best behaved children a man could want.
When one of my daughters was 16, driving her own car and out with her friends, she came home with alcohol on her breath. She also received a good spanking at 16 years old. She is a mother of two grandsons, ages 5 and 7, and teaches school. The apple of any dad’s eye. When her two sons, came to visit this summer on vacation, they knew of grand dad’s belt. I went out to the oak tree and cut a switch, I cleaned it and made it smooth then called them in and sit them down and told them how proud of this switch. I told them it was oak and just the right weight, I showed them how it was smooth and how I thought it was my best switch ever. I told them I made it just for them and I could not wait to use it. I swung it through the air a few times. . . Swoosh, Swoosh, Swooch. Then I said, “I would appreciate it if they would go and do something wrong because I can’t wait to use it.” They said in unison OHHH NO Grand dad we don’t want you to use it. To which I replied, “Oh pleeeeeeese, Pluzzzzzzeeeee, Plezzzzz do something wrong. I need it, I have to have it. I can’t wait to use it. They started screaming and running around laughing and playing hide and seek. We had a great time on their visit and I did not have any problem with them. They knew what was expected, and they knew I loved them. We set boundaries without any animosity or fear. They knew the limits. If one was picking on the other or if they were generally being boys at the expense of the adults I just walked to the fire place and swooshed my switch a couple of times and that was enough said, we had a great time. Children need to know you love them even if you have to correct them. If you communicate love and boundaries to them and give them a chance to get it right before you have to punish them, it all works out just like it works out with us and God.
Let’s rethink this government controls all concepts of our life and get back to family values and love for our children. Sometimes tough love is the best love.
Proper punishment is essential if you want your children to respect authority. This is one of the major problems of our society today, children with no respect for authority or God. In Mr. Peterson case, we should let the law handle it, this is a family matter and the authorities have a handle on it.
I do not condone excessive punishment or punishment in public but I personally think the government is trying to take our freedom away and raising a child is our most important obligation. The government should have nothing to say about it in public, a private consultation with the parent and warning on excessive force should be the first action when child abuse is suspected. The government is undermining our rights at all levels and I refuse to consent to the intervention by government officials at my family level.
Public beatings however should be outlawed.
Your Child deserves the same respect you expect from others, if you respect them they will respect you.
God Bless our country.