For the past fifty years, too many social do-gooders and atheistic activists have done their best to remove everything biblical and Christian out of the public school systems and out of society in general. They have filled the minds of millions of people that it’s wrong to discipline your kids when they misbehave as it ruins their self-esteem. You can’t flunk a child in school because it ruins their self esteem. You don’t tell them no, because it ruins their self esteem.
A generation later, we have a society of spoiled kids who expect everything to be handed to them on a silver platter. Case in point was a recent lawsuit filed in Barrington Hills, Illinois by two grown children, ages 20 and 23, against their mother for ‘bad mothering.’ Barrington Hills is a wealthy suburb of Chicago, and the family in question lived in a $1.5 million home.
According to court documents, the complaints listed by the adult children include:
- Failing to buy toys when requested by the child
- Sending a birthday card the child didn’t like
- Not taking the daughter to a car show
- Telling the 7 year old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police
- Haggling over the amount of money spent on party dresses
- Calling the daughter at midnight to ask her to come home.
Fortunately, Cook County Judge Kathy Flanagan dismissed the case.
In our godless society, kids are being taught it’s all about them. They are what’s important. It’s the ‘me’ syndrome. It’s all about ME!
This frivolous lawsuit and the general actions of youth today are a testimony to what the Bible teaches about training and discipline;
- On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense. Proverbs 10:13
- Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24
- Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him. Proverbs 22:15
- Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. Proverbs 23:12-14
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15
It’s time we return to biblical discipline that is carried out in love, not anger. You don’t beat the child, you spank them and you do it in such a way as teach them wrong from right. And then follow it up with love to let them know why you did and that that you love them and want them to grow in the ways of the Lord.