Social media is once again filled with a video of a parent humiliating a child as a way of convincing the child not to humiliate others. This time it’s a mother shaving her daughter’s hair off after the daughter teased a child who’s undergoing cancer treatment.
While teasing a cancer patient for her hair loss is not at all something a parent should ever treat lightly, I can’t imagine myself in a situation where recording my discipline of my own child and posting it for the world to see would be the right course of correction. Raising children is hard enough without making such family matters public.
On a broader level, though, there is the issue of bullying and the best way to stop it. Here’s my take on it: I don’t think bullying a bully – whether within your own family or in society at large – ever convinces a bully to stop bullying.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:20-21.)
The Bible tells us how to be good to others, and how this affects our relationship with them and with God along the way.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. (Proverbs 25:21-22.)
So, to review, what works with bullies? Jesus said to love them.
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-45.)
Love like a child of God.
Yeah, let’s go with that.