One person, writing anonymously, stated: "Spanking is simply another form of terrorism. It teaches the victims that might makes right, and that problems can be solved through the use of violence by the strong against the weak."
While I disagree that "spanking is simply another form of terrorism," let's replace the word "spanking" with "abortion" in the above statement. Those who are proponents of abortion assert, by their support and/or actions "that might makes right, and that problems can be solved through the use of violence by the strong against the weak." And who is weaker among the Human Race than unborn children?
Dr. Benjamin Spock was quoted as saying, "If we are ever to turn toward a kindlier society and a safer world, a revulsion against the physical punishment of children would be a good place to start." Yet multiple sources indicate that part of his platform as the People's Party candidate, during the 1972 Presidential Election Campaign was the legalization of abortion.
Toronto Star Columnist, Ken Gallinger, in an article titled "The Bible Is Simply Wrong About Spanking," wrote: "Spanking is an act of violence, so ethically, it could be justified only if there was absolutely no other way to improve the way kids act."
However, in an article titled "Should Lives Doomed to Hardship Be Aborted," which dealt with the birth of conjoined twins, Gallinger wrote: "I'm not, incidentally, arguing that it would necessarily have been ethically wrong had the mother made the decision to abort the pregnancy. If she had taken that step, knowing her own limitations and being realistic about the life ahead for these kids, it would be right to respect her decision. Sad, but right."
Gallinger did write in the same article that he thought the mother made the "nobler choice" by electing to raise the children. Small comfort, however, when he sees nothing unethical about aborting the same children, had the mother decided to do so. This is yet another example of the dichotomy for some between their views regarding the discipline of children and the murder of the same.
Interestingly (and unfortunately), Gallinger is a "minister." He serves at Lawrence Park Community Church, in Toronto, Canada. The church logo indicates the church prides itself in being "united, unorthodox, and unlimited. The home page on the church's website also indicates that the church is unchristian.
Lawrence Park Community Church is committed to being a radically inclusive and welcoming congregation. We preach and live a Good News that is contemporary and challenging. Whatever age you may be, whatever stage of exploring faith you may be at, you will find support, encouragement and spiritual stimulation in our congregation.Sadly, Gallinger is one in a growing number of apostate pastors polluting pulpits around the world.
Theologically, our approach to the Christian faith is progressive and contemporary. We worship a God who is more 'within and among' than 'beyond'. We proclaim Jesus as "The Way" to life -- but we do not accept the notion of Jesus as "the only way". We understand ourselves to be a part of Canada's faith mosaic -- even as we affirm the beauty and dignity of other parts of that mosaic as well.
The same tragic dichotomy regarding Dr. Spock's and Pastor Gallinger's views regarding the discipline and murder of children is also seen in the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the AAP's Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, in a policy paper titled "Guidance for Effective Discipline," parents should not spank their children.
Because of the negative consequences of spanking and because it has been demonstrated to be no more effective than other approaches for managing undesired behavior in children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents be encouraged and assisted in developing methods other than spanking in response to undesired behavior.However, while the AAP would seek to develop alternatives to corporal punishment, they would seek to develop no such barriers to adolescents murdering their unborn children. In a policy paper titled "Counseling the Adolescent About Pregnancy Options, the AAP's Committee on Adolescence wrote:
Premarital sex, pregnancy, and abortion engender strong personal and individual feelings. Pediatricians and other health professionals should not allow their personal beliefs and values to interfere with optimal patient health care. The physician needs to respect the adolescent's personal decision and her legal right to continue or to terminate her pregnancy and not impose barriers to health services from another provider. Should a pediatrician choose not to counsel the adolescent patient about sexual matters such as pregnancy and abortion, the patient should be referred to other experienced professionals.Such is the dichotomous mindset of many people in the world, today--philosophers and psychologists, columnists and clergy, medical organizations who are mandated to "do no harm," and people on the street. On the one hand, they profess to want to keep children from physical harm while, at the same time, they have no problem with the harming of children in the most depraved way--murder in the womb.
The godless (whether they wear a reporter's fedora, a clergyman's collar, or a clinician's coat) see no dichotomy in their thinking. The reason is simple enough. According to their secular worldview, they have no universal and eternal barometer for morality. They can rationalize such polar opposites as protecting children from harm and murdering children in the womb because their barometer for morality does not extend beyond their personal preferences. All such attempts to harmonize the parental philosophy of not spanking children with the murdering of unborn children by their parents (and by their doctors, and by pro-abortion politicians, and by professing Christians who vote for them) is nothing more than another attempt by sinful mankind to suppress the truth by their unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
There is no dichotomy in a biblical, Christian worldview regarding the subject of disciplining children and murdering them. God's Word makes it clear. Children should be disciplined and, if necessary, with corporal punishment. And children should never be murdered.
"Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,but the rod of discipline drives it far from him" (Proverbs 22:15).And
"Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die" (Proverbs 23:13).
"The rod and reproof give wisdom,but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother" (Proverbs 29:15).
"It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it" (Hebrews 12:7-11).
"You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17).