>Spanking

>Survey on the MSN message boards for the past few weeks:
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Spanking is big news these days. Recently, a California congresswoman even proposed a ban on the practice. In the article “The Spanking Debate,” Natalie Lorenzi says families most often fall into one of these 4 categories when it comes to physical punishment:

-Never spank
-Used to spank but don’t anymore
-Spank now but wish we didn’t
-Pro-spanking

Which one do you fall into? Or do you have a different view?
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To which I replied:
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Hmmm. What are our options?

“-Never spank
-Used to spank but don’t anymore
-Spank now but wish we didn’t
-Pro-spanking”

Seems like three out of four are negative about spanking. So there are varieties of people who DONT spank, but everybody that is “pro-spanking” is lumped into the same category. As one who believes in spanking, I resent being lumped with child abusers. I do not “beat” my children. I do not “slap” my kids. I spank them. I will continue to do so, even if it becomes illegal.

I submit the following reasons why spanking is good:

-It is a time-tested successful method of discipline. It has worked for thousands of years.

-The Bible says to do so. Also, the Bible says, “Do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” The Bible doesn’t say, “Beat up your kid.” It says, “Teach your kids, and correct them (spanking as well as other methods) when they are wrong

-It teaches children that their negative actions have negative consequences. When a kid disrespects their parents and they get spanked, I submit that this lesson is easier for the child than if they have to learn it when they are in their 20’s when they mouth off to their employer and get fired.

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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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