Solomon’s Spanking Hypocrisy
By Patricia Backora
Millions of tiny children live in fear because their parents look for reasons to beat them, in the name of Christ. Proverbs stands alone in commanding children to be beaten. But it also commands:
1. Fools must be beaten with rods (Prov.26:3) If your pastor told a dirty joke, would this punishment be carried out?.
2. A fool should get his mouth slapped (Prov.18:6). Do church folks practice this on each other?
3. Hold a knife to your throat if you like to eat a lot (Prov.23:2).
4. Those who disrespect their parents will get their eye picked out and eaten by a bird (Prov.13:17) How many of you have ever had God forgive you for not treating your parents right, while still keeping both your eyes afterward?
5. Thieves must repay SEVEN times what they stole, and forfeit all their possessions as a fine (Prov.6:30-31). If the deacon pinched five bucks from the church till, would the pastor force him to donate all his belongings to the church? Probably not.
6. Simple people who don’t have all the answers should get their backs beaten (Prov.10:13). Jesus praised God for revealing His teachings to babes instead of wise men (Matt.11:25; Luke 10:21). Solomon taught the supreme importance of gaining wisdom, but failed to use it to stay out of trouble.
7. Fools should be beaten with a mortar and pestle (Prov.27:22) How often is this enforced in church today?
Solomon’s life left a legacy of cruelty. Solomon wasn’t supposed to enslave the Israelite people, and technically he didn’t (I Kings 9:22). But he charged back-breaking taxes and oppressed his people to the point of rebellion (2 Chron.10:18; I Kings 12:4). Solomon forced his subjects to “volunteer” for his building projects (I Kings 5:13-18).
After Solomon died, the people pleaded with his successor, Prince Rehoboam, to go easier on them than his dad did. But rough, rude Rehoboam threatened his subjects with scorpions instead of the whips his father had used on them (I Kings 12:11). Solomon, praised by spanking advocates and Christian family authors as the world’s greatest child rearing expert, departed from God in his later years when his multitude of wives seduced him to worship idols. Some types of idols weren’t just figurines on a shelf. They were big, nasty, ugly brutes that had to be fed, literal furnaces which consumed living sacrifices. Solomon built child-eating idols (Molech and Chemosh) to please these heathen women (I Kings 11:7). Pagans sacrificed to Molech and Chemosh to ensure a good harvest. Neither god would settle for chickens. Screaming children were literally thrown alive into flames as sacrifices to these satanic gods (Lev.18:21; 20:2).
In Israel, Sacrificing your children to Molech was punishable by being stoned to death. But this didn’t stop Solomon from sponsoring Molech worship (or worshipping heathen gods himself). So when it comes to dealing with children (or people in general), who should you listen to, Molech-manufacturer Solomon or gentle Jesus?