A John Boy Production
You are the pastor of a local church. Your church has a multi-purpose room that is used both as a gymnasium and for services. To accommodate Sunday services the basketball goals are raised up and then chairs can be brought in. Converting the multi-purpose room for services is usually handled by you and a few volunteers.
This past week it was necessary to use the MP room as a gym. It is now Saturday and the room needs to be readied for services. Your typical volunteers are not available and so it looks like you will be converting the room by yourself. (Not a hard task; it just takes a little longer.) Your thirteen year-old son, Jordan, volunteers to go with you to help.
All is going well. The chairs are in place and all that really needs to be done is to raise the goals. Jordan knows how to do this and says he can take care of it. You leave Jordan to finish up while you go to your office to put some finishing touches on your sermon. You return a bit later to collect your son. All of the goals are raised except one and this is what you see:
A few seconds later the rim breaks off of the backboard and the rim and your son fall to the floor. Jordan is not injured but the same cannot be said for the goal. The problem with this is that it has happened before (not with Jordan but with another young man who was attending a youth function when the room was being used as a gym.) After that incident the church made a policy that no one should hang from the rims. The policy change was made known and a sign was placed that said "No Hanging On Rims." You also personally told Jordan and his younger brother about the rule.
After making sure Jordan was not injured you ask your son why it is he was hanging from the rim.
He responds, "I dunno. I just wanted to see if I could do it."
You believe in "spare the rod, spoil the child" and use your rod (a paddle) with your two sons if it is needed.
Will you spare the rod in this case?