I rarely post anything of a political nature, but this falls into the dysfunctional family and emotional abuse category. Glenn Beck recently told his viewers to shove their children against a wall to reinforce their religious beliefs.
“Well, they’re going to cry,” Beck says. “I’ll hurt their feelings. PUSH ‘EM! Because if you don’t do it now, it’s going to be much worse when they’re pushed and they’re shoved and they’re shot. Push them! Teach them! They need to know the truth, and they need to be pushed up against the wall once in a while, so they know they can defend themselves, they know they can survive, they don’t run around like little girls crying at the drop of a hat! PUSH ‘EM!”
As a child who was physically belted to conform and emotional derided if I disagreed, I can tell you it won’t work. Shoving, belting, calling names, blaming– all of these things activate and flood the fight or flight center of the brain. It won’t teach kids what to believe because the thinking center will be bypassed when the flight or fight is activated.
Using force to teach children to comply with your religious beliefs will only teach kids to act without thinking out of fear at the first sign of trouble. Letting the lizard brain do your thinking is usually a bad idea. This will create followers instead of free thinkers. I think history has proven over and over what happens when a group of people act from the fear instinct instead of thinking for themselves.
Bullying your child will only alienate the adult children from their parents someday. They will never stop remembering the way you made them feel. Unless you someday take responsibility for what you have done, you will continue to have a broken relationship.
I have friends raised this way who rarely if ever take their children to church. Some cite a feeling of nausea when entering a church due to being bullied as a child. Others became Atheists due to abusive and controlling Christian parents.
As to preparing them to survive against being shot, this is certainly not a true Christian martyrs stance. Jesus said whoever loses their life will find it and whoever saves their life will lose it. The gospel of Jesus does not teach us to protect self, but to serve in love.
If a parent follows Beck’s advice, they will be taking advice that contradicts the Bible and may be causing their children to stumble away from God.
do not provoke your children to anger
by the way you treat them.
Rather, bring them up with the discipline
and instruction that comes from the Lord.
-Ephesians 6:4, NLT
But if you cause one of these little ones
who trusts in me to fall into sin,
it would be better for you
to be thrown into the sea
with a large millstone hung around your neck.
-Mark 9:42, NLT
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Here is a video clip of Glenn Beck, can you see Jesus using such a tone with children? Once again we see the pattern of how people become like the god they worship.