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23 September, 2016 13:14

September 23, 2016

SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE NATION.

Once again we are seeing marches and riots in the steets due to another shooting of a black man. The death of anyone before their time is a tragedy. Also the senseless destruction of property is totally uncalled for and only helps to fuel the division between races. As I’ve watched and sought to understand what led to these untimely deaths I’ve come to this conclusion, spare the rod and spoil the nation!

There seems to be one common denominator in most of these tragedies and that is a total disregard for authority. Invariably when confronted by the police these victims refuse to obey the orders of those in law enforcement and consequently end up loosing their lives because of it. Where does this rebellion come from?

I have a good friend who back in the late seventies wrote a book on spanking. For several years the book sold well but then over time the tide turned against both the author and the book. Spanknig was soon considered a form of abuse and anyone holding that viewpoint, let alone practicing it, was labeld unbalanced. My friend received all types of correspondence denouncing his fanatical views. While I can undestand the world not agreeing with his thoroughly scriptural teaching, I find it hard to believe that so called Christians would also side against it.

Rebellion if it is not confronted early through loving discipline will eventually spill over into society. God’s word makes it clear that rebellion or foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child but the rod of reproof will drive it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15.) The percentage of black children with no father present in the home is at an all time high. With no loving leadership these children grow up with little or no consequences for their actions. This is not only true of black children but all children. It’s not uncommon to hear of pre-teen children roaming the streets at night when they should be home studying or in bed. When the rod is removed from the home, society ultimately suffers.

There is no doubt in my mind that there has been some serious miscarriages of justice on the part of some toward our black brothers and sisters. The same is also true of those who have misused the rod; turning it from an instrument of loving discipline to a tool of hated and abuse. That said, we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. God’s word declares uniquivically that when we spare the rod we spoil the child and ultimately the nation.

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