Posts tagged ‘crime’

December 2, 2011

Child Discipline

by pastortimfowler

She is at it again, my friend who asks me to blog about stuff that usually gets me into trouble. Today it is about child discipline according to the Bible. People tend to freak out when you quote the Bible and it goes against what “the experts” say, but I tend to lean towards what the Creator says to get my beliefs. The Bible is not an outdated writing that needs to be changed to fit our needs, it is God’s instructions for living a life the way that He knows is best for us.
First, yes it is okay to spank. Proverbs 23:13-14 Do not hesitate to discipline a child. If you spank him, he will not die. Spank him yourself, and you will save his soul from hell. The King James actually says to beat him with a rod. This is a reference to the good old hickory switch. So let me put in my two cents worth.
I don’t believe you should whip a child with your hands, those are for hugging and holding as instruments of love. I don’t believe you should whip your child if you can’t control your anger, and certainly never while angry. Just like our legal system has a guide for punishment to fit the crime, parents should establish the same. For example. If you child does not do what you tell them to, the first time he or she is in time out. The second time they get 2 swats with the weapon, I mean the instrument of correction. If a whipping is warranted, you tell the child what he has done wrong, the punishment for what he did and that in 15, 30, 60 minutes, (however long it takes for you to not administer this in anger) the 2 swats with a belt, or switch will be given. Then they go to their room, remind them of the disobedient act and the punishment and administer it. If both parents agree on this and even write it down and post it where all can see, kinda like the 10 Commandments, then punishment is not done on the spur of the moment and will always fit the crime.
There is a difference between spanking and abusing and spanking is not abuse but rather correction. Pain is a powerful teacher and we know that sometimes we all have to learn the hard way. Excessive and abusive physical punishment comes when parents react in anger instead of love. It is defined by whelps (not red marks) or bruising and in worst cases blood. It should always be administered under control and on the meaty part of the buttocks. If you are angry and out of control, you will hit too hard and miss where you need to strike. Again, NEVER whip in anger. Anything with a closed fist, strike to the face or head, or with an instrument that can be damaging even under control should never happen. And, if you are whipping a child too frequently there is a problem and you should seek counsel. If discipline is administered properly, whippings should be few and far in between and should decrease in need as the child gets older.
Second, it was asked, what amount of authority should a parent have over a child and should a child speak against or defy a parent? Colossians 3:20-21 Children, always obey your parents. This is pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, don’t make your children resentful, or they will become discouraged. Children should always obey their parents while they are minors. They should be taught responsibility and given liberties that are equal to their ability to reason, but always be in submission to the parent. Disobedience in the smallest of things leads to disobedience in bigger things. Parents should NEVER allow a child to be defiant on purpose. They must learn obedience at home or they will lack it elsewhere and especially with God. Proverbs 3:11-12 Do not reject the discipline of the Lord, my son, and do not resent his warning, because the Lord warns the one he loves, even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased. Revelation 3:19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. Take this seriously, and change the way you think and act.
Parents must learn to communicate with their children, telling them about right and wrong and the consequences of disobedience. We should find ways to let our children tell us why they did what they did. It may not have been disobedience as much as misunderstanding. Our children should never be scared to defend their actions when they believe that they were acting appropriately. But when they cross the line into defiance, we as parents do them no favors by allowing it to go uncorrected.
Parents teach children who God is by their actions as much as by their words. God thinks it is so important for a child to respect its parents that He made it one of the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live for a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

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April 26, 2011

The Death Penalty

by pastortimfowler

I am going to have to stop asking for inputs on topics for my blogs. Some of you are purposefully messing with me, I think. Why can’t you give suggestions like, what is the meaning of life, and where do babies come from? (If these two topics show up in the suggestions, I will not respond now)
So I was asked about my feelings on the death penalty. I feel like I am about to lose a few more readers, but I can live with the remaining two or three.


First let me say that the death penalty was not man’s idea, it was God’s. So, I am for the death penalty. What I am against is injustice or misuse of the system. Because man is now the administrator of the law, there are going to be mistakes and abuses. But that does not justify doing away with a system of justice that God put into place.
One of the purposes of the law is to show us our flaws as humans. God knew that we could never be a lawless people because it would allow us to become nothing more than animals. He also knew that we could never keep every law and that allows us to see that we are not perfect and the we need a justice system. When we break a law, the completion of that law comes when the justice is administered and the penalty is paid. In the worst of cases, that penalty was death. The purpose of these penalties was to discourage breaking the law and to restore to those who are victims a sense of justice being served.
Death was the penalty for the most heinous crimes. The ones that if you committed, you were a more dangerous to the community than the risk of keeping you alive was worth. When the death penalty was first given it was to be administered quickly and publicly. Quickly because you were a risk to society and you did not deserve to continue living because of the crime you committed and publicly to allow people to see that if you were considering committing this crime, you faced death.
The death was also usually a very painful and cruel death. Stoning, beheading, and hanging were the most common. There was not a concern for the feelings of the criminal who just murdered an innocent human. Humans are precious to God, and even though Jesus died to save all, He also abhors evil and murder is evil.
Today the death penalty is not much of a deterrent to murder. Few ever face it. In states where it is still allowed, it takes 20 plus years for it to ever be administered. The victim’s families often die before the convicted murderer does. The criminal lives a protected life while the victim’s life ended premature. Not to mention that there is an attempt to make the murderer’s death “humane” by using a drug to put them to sleep before they use the drug to stop there beating heart. Not very scary to someone who has the nerve to kill another human being. And I won’t even get into the costs of keeping a murderer alive for all those years.
I believe that God was right. There are some crimes that warrant death to the convicted. I think if we are going to give the death penalty it should be administered quickly after the legal system has had its proper time to work.
My suggestion would be to give the convicted murderer one year with a team of lawyers and all the resources needed to appeal, research, provide evidence that this was not the proper verdict. At the end of the year, a team of judges would review all the information for a week, if it was not enough to overturn the verdict, the convicted dies the next day.
Anyone who thinks that the death penalty is wrong, needs to consider that we all face the death penalty for our sins against God. Unless the Judge finds that our penalty has been paid in full on our judgment day, we will immediately receive our just reward.
Jesus got the death penalty and He was innocent. But he was our payment and our sacrifice for our sins, the only one that God will accept. God the Righteous Judge, has only one way that He will accept for us to avoid the death penalty. Jesus Christ, His forgiveness, His sacrifice, His grace, for our sin. We do not deserve this love, but He gives it. We deserve the death penalty.