During the Clinton Administration, 1993-2001, America citizens were less intrusive. When rumors of affairs, murmurs of sexual misconduct and witnesses of past improprieties began to come forward, many people protested, claiming the president has a right to his own privacy. The talking points in the media were clear, “as long as you work hard, give your all each day, everyone, including the president of the United States has the freedom to do what they want on their own time.” As Dorothy proclaimed to her dog Toto upon landing in Oz, “we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore!”
This is how I felt last night while driving home from work when I heard the news Adrian Peterson, star running back for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings was arrested for spanking his child. After one of his children pushed another out of the way while playing on a swing seat, Peterson choose to discipline his son, following in the footsteps of his parents. Maybe he got carried away, but Adrian was simply trying to practice a biblical principle, Proverbs 22:6. Surely, the state of Texas would understand this? At least in the past they did, yet not now and not today in this culture of chaos.
If Adrian is guilty, then maybe the authorities need to go after the founders of Scared Straight and Beyond Scared Straight? I’m kidding! Remember when you could tell a joke, say something funny or sarcastic and not have to worry about the social police from shutting you down. Anyway, my point is that spanking is a form of scared straight, associating pain with punishment. My father used a paddle with a steel insert from his college fraternity. As a former college football player, sure my butt was paddled a few times, yet I was a quick learner, acknowledging the importance of honoring your father and mother. I’m not sure what’s next nor can I recommend a clear cut solution. Nonetheless, now that I’ve seen everything, I sense Jesus’ return is closer than its ever been before.
by Jay Mankus