Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

How it is these days 1 (Punishing your kids)

The celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has recently highlighted what a mess parents are in when it comes to punishing their children when they misbehave. Oliver is quoted as saying "It is not very popular beating kids any more, it’s not very fashionable and you are not allowed to do it and if you are a celebrity chef like me it does not look very good in the paper. So you need a few options." Well, what are those options?
Oliver tells a frightening story of how his daughter once showed him disrespect and so, he says, "Five minutes later she thought I had forgotten and I hadn’t. She asked for an apple. I cut it up into several pieces and rubbed it with Scotch Bonnet and it worked a treat." His wife was understandably not happy about this. It involved deception and Oliver apparently thought it was funny.
It is easy to criticise someone for such an action but the real problem is that this child was deprived of a punishment that was just and fair because of the general opposition to such things these days. The sooner Bible based ways of discipline are rediscovered the better for all of us.

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