Colin loves me, this I know

Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the beating tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong

I posted that verse in a Kiwiblog discussion about Colin Craig and smacking, with one word changed from the song.

It was deliberately provocative but I followed it saying “Apologies to the majority of Christians who are good parents and who don’t like hurting their children.”

Further down the thread graham obliged with a response.

Funny; one story I recall about Jesus was how he STOPPED a bunch of people from stoning a woman caught in adultery. And once they all slunk away, he told the woman, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.”

No beating. No scolding. Just a plea with the woman to mend her ways.

But, if it makes you feel better, continue making stuff up out of your warped imagination.

Funny, the stories I recall about Jesus depict him as a non-violent, caring person. No beating. No scolding.

So why do some Christians still insist on the Old Testament approach of beating and scolding their children?

Colin Craig has chosen smacking as his opening campaign strategy for the year – Provocative remarks central to Craig’s plan.

Newly media-trained and backed by a fresh team of spin doctors, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says he will continue to offer provocative views to the media and public this year, but only where it advances his cause at the ballot box.

His comment comes after his admission this week that he smacks his daughter.

He said he did not prepare an answer on the specific question about whether he physically disciplined his daughter with his advisers.

Nevertheless, “we have thought about how we present on this and I think I just need to be the typical New Zealand parent on this which I pretty much am”.

He is not “the typical New Zealand parent” on this. I very much doubt very much whether he is the typical New Zealand Christian on this.

Would Christ have kept smacking his child as it grew up?

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  1. The most serious issue I have is if Craig is employing Spinners (Spin Doctors) then are they morally considering their provocations? Or are they deceitful manipulating? Dangerous territory for any Christian!!!

  2. Dave Stonyer

     /  15th January 2014

    religion – the refuge of the cowards and the ignorant

  3. Brown

     /  15th January 2014

    When it comes to theology I would say don’t give up your day job Pete. This post is so ignorant you should be embarrassed. People don’t discipline the kids because the Bible says so, they do it because its sometimes needed and generations of experience has generally shown what works and what doesn’t.

    And as for Dave, its not religion that’s the problem per se, its ignorance generally. Sort that out and a lot of other stuff gets resolved.


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