Monday, January 12, 2009

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, and the rod of correction will drive it far from him

“I am young in years, and you are very old; therefore I was afraid, and dared not declare my opinion to you.
7 I said, ‘Age should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’ (Job 32: 6b-7)

In so many ways the spirit of our age manifests its foolishness, because it has said, "No God!" One area of foolishness is the worship of youth, and the contempt shown towards the aged and things that are old.

When I first started teaching students referred to me as Mr ..........., or Sir. By the time I finally walked away from classroom teaching, I was being called by my first name. In the first instance I could teach, because there was established an atmosphere of respect, and students were expected to listen to someone who had life experience and wisdom. In an environment where students call their teacher by his/her first name, age counts for nothing, and students only listen to things that tickle their own myopic self-interest.

In Alice Springs we have a youth problem. To a large extent, parents and teachers who do not teach children the fear of adults have contributed to the youth crime of our city. The law of our land, by removing the discretion from parents and teachers to corporally discipline, has removed the means of teaching such fear. As Sir Jo Bjelke-Petersen, former Premier of Queensland, once said, "The law is an ass."

However, there is a long way to go before we can simply reintroduce the rod. We have to re-establish in the hearts of men a love for God, so that when they apply the rod, it is done in compassion and with a clear desire to see godliness formed in the hearts of the children. Societies can become brutal when corporal discipline is not tempered with affection and compassion.

The removal of the rod from the home and from the classroom, is the work of feminism. It's removal from the Town Square is also the work of women influencing at a legislative level. We are reaping, through an escalation of youth crime, what we have sown; a hatred for God's Law and His ancient wisdom, which has resulted in a suicidal hatred for our selves and our culture.

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