By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute
When a three year old terrorizes his mother in a grocery store by screaming at the top of his lungs and throwing food out of the cart, nobody thinks to them self, “That poor kid is just misunderstood. Maybe his mother is oppressing him.” On the contrary, we all become immediate protagonists of responsible parental spanking. The same principle applies to violent terrorist groups or rogue nations using tantrum like behavior on the global scene. “Please spank that brat!”
A Rod of Correction
“That’s just how a three year old is,” does not excuse bad behavior or solve the problem of terrorist actions. A swift, fair discipline does not need to be executed many times before a change in actions is likely. A continued, constancy of consequences and even rewards is the best discipline. This course of action in dealing with terror tantrums will be the most effective in helping to produce stable countries that our nation can deal with. A rod of correction is intended to do just that, correct. The rod of correction can put people on the right paths of societal health. We are not trying to use a rod of destruction. We are not throwing a retaliatory tantrum, but using great restraint alongside measured force to help those nations afflicted with these out of control brats to correct their course. The wisdom of the Bible speaks of the rod being an instrument of love, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (Prov.13:24)
Breaking the Will
Nations and groups should not deliver violence as a way of achieving their aims, but use the lash for defensive and justice purposes only. The use of terror tactics equate to tantrums when persons are trying to hijack power or overturn order in other societies. Such violent tantrums may and should be met with enough force to break the will of the offender without destroying the spirits of those around them. A yielded and respectful will is a force for good in any culture or region of the world. The paddle of purposeful correction should then target the enemies will. The question remains, who or what constitutes the will of the terrorists?
Removing the Foolishness
Foolishness is defined as being without discernment or senseless. And consider these descriptions of foolishness, “The want of mental sanity and sobriety, a reckless and inconsiderate habit of mind”, or “the lack of commonsense perception of reality.” Multiple wives and instant divorce is a foolish and poisonous mix for any society. War in the name of Allah, a pagan idol exalted above others by force, also meets these definitions. The folly of murder-suicide acts to attain salvation or other worldly pleasures is pure folly. These acts cannot be passed off as just virtues from another perspective, but are actually the opposite of that which is rational and good. Terror tantrums and the havoc they wreak will not stop because of a superficial slap on the hand, or an excuse from host governments that just shrug their shoulders in exasperation. The foolish and radical roots of communism and Islam are the will behind these tantrums and therefore should be the object of the American rod of correction. It is not a mean proposition, but ultimately a kind one for, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Prov. 22:15).