Beat­ing chil­dren is not Chris­tian

Sunday Herald - - 29.10.17 EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

JE­SUS Christ told his dis­ci­ples to ‘suf­fer lit­tle chil­dren, and for­bid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the king­dom of Heaven”. In the Gospels, Christ speaks of­ten of chil­dren, of his love for them, of how the in­no­cence of child­hood is sym­bolic of the king­dom of Heaven.

Christ rep­re­sents for­give­ness, pity, kind­ness, peace, mercy, love, turn­ing the other cheek, lov­ing thy neigh­bour. Whether you be­lieve in him or not, the fig­ure of Christ is one of all en­com­pass­ing good­ness. He is the em­bod­i­ment of the golden rule that lies at the very heart of so many world cul­tures: do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you.

It is hard, then, if not im­pos­si­ble, to imag­ine the Je­sus of the New Tes­ta­ment nod­ding along in agree­ment with the Chris­tian fun­da­men­tal­ists be­hind the Be Rea­son­able Scot­land lobby - a group which op­poses the planned smack­ing ban in Scot­land and wants to en­sure that par­ents can beat their chil­dren when­ever they wish. One would hope that peo­ple who claim to fol­low the teach­ings of Christ would at least try to walk in his foot­steps. Christ was a rev­o­lu­tion­ary, a change-maker - this is the man, after all, who over­threw the ta­bles of the money chang­ers. One would imag­ine a true Chris­tian would em­brace pro­gres­sive change, would seek to stand by the side of the weak.

For that’s what the smack­ing ban is about: equal pro­tec­tion for the weak­est cit­i­zens in our so­ci­ety un­der the law, our chil­dren; and Christ, as the bi­ble teaches, stood with the chil­dren.

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