Sound Doctrine - Titus 2:1

The Most Dangerous Woman In England

Stan Mitchell

She was, so Adolph Hitler once said, "the most dangerous woman in England". Who was she? A spy? A nuclear scientist, on the verge of discovering the ultimate weapon? She outlived Hitler, Goering, Himmler, and Mengele, the gruesome foursome. Churchill, Roosevelt, Montgomery, and MacArthur, the men who stood for something right, too, have long been dead. Perhaps Americans and a new generation of Britons have forgotten what this lady meant to the nation in those dark days.

When Hitler's bombers lit the night with tracers, when London burned, when Londoners huddled in shelters, the night finally came when Buckingham Palace was also hit. Inside the palace were the two royal princesses, Elizabeth (later to be Queen Elizabeth II) and Margaret. Anxious newspaper reporters who toured the charred walls of the palace the next day asked the question that was on everybody's mind: Shouldn't the royal family spirit the princesses away from the center of London for their own safety? The queen mother's answer was a classic: "The children will not leave unless I do", she began. "I shall not leave unless their father does", she added, "and the king will not leave the country in any circumstances whatever".

Elizabeth, the feisty Queen Mother, was exactly what the nation needed at that moment. There must have been an irresistible temptation for royalty not to share in the troubles of her subjects. After all, even a Queen Mum loves her children! With the whiff of smoke and flames in the air and the scream of falling bombs overhead, the British royal family remained in London.

When the world burned with hatred and sin, God could have sheltered His Son in the comforts of heaven, but He did not. Jesus became human and endured the indignities of humanity. He walked the dusty streets of Palestine, had "no place to lay His head", and suffered death, surely the factor all humans have in common. He came to a burning planet and was singed by the same passions we all know. This gives Him the empathy that all great figures in history have possessed. He understands our plight. From Satan's point of view, that makes Jesus the most dangerous Man in history!

"A Child Left To Himself"

Bryan Matthew Dockens

Neglect is one of the cruelest forms of child abuse. That a mother or father might deprive a child of his basic needs, such as food or clothing, is shameful. No less criminal is the act of depriving a child of necessary discipline, for it is written, "The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother" (Proverbs 29:15).

Strange as it may seem to the modern mind, an undisciplined child is an unloved child. Solomon penned, "He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly" (Proverbs 13:24). Parents, if you love your children, do not withhold punishment when it is due them; yes and such punishment must be administered swiftly. Don't delay until they are beyond control to introduce spanking to your children. By then, it will seem so strange to them that they will only be confused by it. Rather, "Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction" (Proverbs 19:18).

"Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell" (Proverbs 23:13-14). Mothers and fathers must realize that the pain they inflict on their children's backsides is minimal compared to the relentless torture they would otherwise undergo in hell. "Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it" (Hebrews 12:11). Parents, let your little ones be "trained by it," for if you "Train up a child in the way he should go... when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

Do not be so naïve as to think that your young ones can be reasoned with. Before they can form coherent sentences themselves, do you seriously expect them to understand your explanations? Until they are old enough to be reasoned with, they will only learn at the end of their father's belt or their mother's wooden spoon. "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him" (Proverbs 22:15).

For parents suffering constant exhaustion from seemingly uncontrollable children, relief is but a swat away. "Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul" (Proverbs 29:17).

Stand In Your Underwear?

Richard Mansel

Mom and Dad and their 14-year-old daughter are finishing dinner at the kitchen table. Their daughter has been quiet. When the meal is over she asks her parents if she can buy a bikini, now that summer is almost here. She has never had a bikini, but she feels like she is ready. Mom and Dad look at each other and ask why she wants one. She pours out her rehearsed reasons for why she should be allowed to have her way. Her Dad says, "Okay, if you want a bikini, stand up and take off your pants and shirt right where you are standing". Her eyes grow large and her face turns red. She sputters, "What? Here?" Mom says that he is serious. If she wants a bikini she must take off her pants and shirt in front of her parents. The daughter refuses and is told she cannot have one. They explain that a bikini is smaller than most bras and panties and if she cannot stand in public in her underwear, then how could she do so in a bikini? They ask her if she could walk around the house or in front of the neighbors and her friends in her bra and panties. The daughter didn't ask again.

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