Sometimes I get some very strange search log hits. Today I got this – “what’s the proper size length of pvc pipe to spank your children” 😯 – which I’m sure was because of this post.
Answer: There is no proper size length of pvc pipe to spank your children. Zero. Zilch.
Why on earth is anyone searching for this? If you are looking for advice from the Pearls on how to discipline your children, please abandon your search. Please don’t resort to their extreme disciplinary tactics. I’m not even certain they can be called discipline. I think the appropriate word is abuse.
It makes me sad to think that any parent would use a pvc pipe or dowel rod to spank their child. I get it that many Christan Fundamentalists believe that many passages in the Bible advocate harsh physical punishment
- Proverbs 13
24He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (KJV)
24 He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. (NIV)
- Proverbs 22
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. (KJV)
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. (NIV)
- Proverbs 23
if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. (NIV)
- Proverbs 29
15The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. (KJV)
15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom,
but a child left to himself disgraces his mother. (NIV)
The rod depicted in these passages is that of a shepherd’s staff. A shepherd used his staff to gently guide his sheep, to reach with the hook and gently pull a sheep from a pit – not to beat his sheep.
Consider this: if God is commanding you to strike your child with an object such as a pvc pipe is that really a God you want to follow? I’m not suggesting that there is never an appropriate time for physical discipline. But that should not be the predominate means by which discipline is meted out.
- Colossians 3
21Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.(KJV)
21Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.(NIV)
I wish I could say that this is the first time this phrase has landed someone here. Sadly, it isn’t. 😦
*Please forgive the wonky formatting of this post. I’ve tried every way to Sunday to fix it and when I update it goes back to this.