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Gods Mandate to Parents - The Smacking Issue


Gods Mandate to Parents
Sun 18 Mar 2007 AM
So how many have been aware that there's a big issue going on at the moment, about
changes to the law? About half the church? I wonder where the other half live? [Laughs]
What I felt to do was, because this is an area which has got a lot of emotion in it, I just
want to give some help, and some perspective to it. So I want to talk about this whole
issue of the smacking issue, of whether to smack or not to smack; but it's a lot deeper
than that. What I know will happen is, a lot of people get a lot of emotions, and they'll
jump up and down, and they'll say all kinds of things, and then key issues will be lost in
the middle of it.
So what I want to do is, I want to just look at what's about to happen, how it affects us,
and then I want to just talk with you and get some Biblical perspective, because if we
don't come from a Bible framework, basically the framework you come from in your
thinking is: well, a couple of whacks didn't do me any harm, so won't do my kids any
harm, see? Now most people, that's how they think, but this is not what the issue is
really about: what did you harm; or didn't do you harm. From a Christian perspective, we
need to understand what God says. If you don't know what God says, then you'll have
your opinions; and the question is, whether you want to run your life out of opinions, or
whether we want to run our life out of revelation, what God says.
What I tend to find is, Christians have a heap of opinions; so if their parents didn't
smack, they say: you don't need that, you can be a great person without that. Our
parents did smack - it never hurt me; and so there's all these kinds of opinions, but what
is seldom brought to light is: what does God have to say about this matter. The Bible
has a lot of things to say about it, and I found generally Christians tend to get very
emotional, so some will jump up and down about the law change, and miss the point
completely. So what I want to do is, to just get some perspective on it, and we'll look at
some things. So let's first of all look at Romans Chapter 13, just get a little bit of overall
perspective.
In Verse 1 through the first three or four verses, and it says: let every soul be subject to
the governing authorities, for there is no authority except of God, and the authorities that
exist have been appointed, or are appointed by God. So whoever resists the authority,
resists what God has ordered, and those who resist then will bring judgment upon
themselves. For rulers or authorities are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you
want to be unafraid of authority? Do what's good, and you will have praise from the
same. Now look at this statement: For he is God's minister to you for good. That's a
hard one to swallow, but it is true. He is God's minister to you, for good; but if you do
evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain.
For he is God's minister to you for good. If you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear
the sword in vain; he is God's minister. Notice how this 'minister', authorities are God's
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