I really believe that most parents get no pleasure out of spanking their children and do so only so that they will “learn their lesson.” But what does spanking children really teach them? I have seen many testimonies of adults who were spanked as children who did not learn what their parents meant to teach them. Some of those testimonies can be found in this discussion at Gentle Christian Mothers. But wait. Can a child really learn without corporal punishment? Here is a memory from David H. Roper who learned a very important lesson without being spanked or even yelled at. After reading both the discussion and the devotional, take a while to reflect on this question: would he have learned the same lesson if the person who heard him say that word had spanked him, yelled at him and/or washed his mouth out with soap?
Dara Stoltzfus has a post about this same topic regarding The Lion King.