What does God think about spanking?
"Spanking?" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
I suppose it depends on what kind of god you believe in. Old Testament? New Testament? Progressive? American? Swiss?
It baffles me that we can be obsessed with obeying the mores of an ancient culture.
No, it doesn't baffle me actually because I used to think that way.
I read this article
by Matthew Paul Turner and it inspired this cartoon.
I grew up in a culture where spanking was normal. It seeped into the beginnings of our parenting, but it quickly faded when we realized there are more effective ways to parent.
The mores of an ancient culture... a culture in which it was okay to stone your child for gathering firewood on the sabbath; to stone your wife for adultery; to sacrifice your children to gods for the success of a battle or to get right with God or to atone for the sins of a nation.
We do the same when it comes to sexuality and gender and women and so many other issues.
So I think it's fruitless to find out what the bible believes about spanking. I have no doubt the the jury will come out saying it's for it!
God spanked his child, so of course we should spank ours.