A recent news headline read, “Canadian experts call for nationwide ban on spanking.” Someone wisely pointed out that the term “expert” means “a former drip.” This would apply to such nonsense.
Our spiritual authority and parent, God, told parents a long time ago that “Spanking and teaching are good for children. If parents let a child do whatever he wants, then he will bring shame to his mother” (Proverbs 29:15 Easy to Read translation).
Just talking to very young children is not enough. Don’t use the phrase: “Act your age.” They are. Or “Don’t you know better?” They don’t. Or “Do you want a spanking?” They don’t, but they may need it. They need to be taught, even at that age, that bad behavior is wrong and they are not to do it again.
Godly spanking is not abuse, but corrective discipline. An explanation of wrong is to be followed by a godly spanking, and then a hug and confirmation of love. Such consistent behavior by parents will be rewarded by corrected behavior in the child (Proverbs 29:17). Spanking does hurt parents more than it does the child, but to wimp out is to leave them without godly discipline (Proverbs 19:18).
The writer is pastor of the Myrtle Beach Church of Christ.