Christian Domestic Discipline
Some say "spare the rod, spoil the child". Others say this theory is outdated. They would rather speak to the child intellectually. They believe that they will understand the punishment and correct the mistake.
While I'm no expert on Christian domestic discipline, I do have a good deal of common sense. I know that you can't rule with an iron fist, but you can't be a pushover either.
I also tend to believe in what the Bible says above all else. The Bible does say "Spare the rod and spoil the child." Therefore, who am I to question this theory?
Do I know more about discipline than God? Hardly!
Let's look at the generations and how they have progressed over the years. Think about your grandparents or parents for a second. The older generations were most likely raised in a disciplined family. Their parents spanked them when they were bad. They actually enforced their punishments.
Just think about how respectful and orderly your grandma is for a second. She probably grew up saying "Sir" and "Ma'am". She actually obeys the rules.
Now let's look at the younger generations: Generation X, Y, and Nintendo. Ok...so I made that last one up, but you know what I'm talking about. And yes it's ok if I talk negatively about this generation because I'm a part of it.
As a whole, is this age group as respectful? Do they tend to respect their elders? Do they have a good work ethic or are they lazier? I could go on and on.
The current generation of young people is not even close to the generation of our grandparents. I believe that much of this has to do with the subject of Christian domestic discipline.
When we fail to correct our children, they will keep pushing the line. If you see them do something wrong, stop them. I know from personal experience, my one year-old daughter looks at me when she knows she's not supposed to do something. She looks for my reaction.
Maybe she's just trying to get some attention, but if I don't stop her, she'll think it's ok. This is when we must step in. Otherwise, we will spoil the child.
If we, as Christians, don't step up to the plate, the subsequent generations will get worse. Each generation will look to their parents for a reaction. If they get disciplined, they'll get better. If the parents look the other way, it keeps snowballing.
Each of us has to do our part. Just remember, when your child does something wrong...it's ok to scold them. Don't worry about what the liberal media or anyone else has to say. They won't come take your kids away.