Thursday, March 19, 2009
We have a youth problem that we do not need to have
18 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them, 19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city. 20 And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
The Bible says that, "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, and the rod of correction will drive it far from him." For many children, rod therapy, lovingly and consistently applied, over time, usually drives much of the youthful irresponsibility away from them. However, there are souls that are so infected with rebellion and contempt for authority, that God has commanded they be tried in a court, and if proven to be incorrigible, they are to be capitally punished.
It is expedient that one incorrigible youth be killed, so that the whole community may be saved.
The modern thinking, however, is that the community is the culprit, not the wayward youth. Therefore, we punish the community by leaving the youth to perpetuate drunken vandalism, rape, serial theft, substance abuse, and so on, and we reward the youth by giving them distraction programs and therapy that is very unlikely to change behaviour, because it does not change the youth's heart.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of capital punishment will slow down many, and the carrying out of capital punishment will remove the others from the community.
Better still, parents who judiciously, lovingly and consistently apply rod therapy will reduce the number of candidates needing the application of this law.