Fifty years ago, it was common practice for all families, Christian and non-Christian alike, to spank their children in order to control them. It was also accepted practice in public schools, all the way through high school. Though I never had to visit the principal’s office, I heard the stories told by those who had, and I can remember the fear that gripped my heart when I even considered the possibility of such a visit. Of course, man has devised a “better way” of dealing with rebellion, and has rejected God’s way. We are reaping the results today of at least thirty years of that “better way.” In the Bible, spanking is called chastening, or chastisement. It is the imposition of legitimate, godly force to impose the will of the parent upon the child when the child is in rebellion against it.

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