According to popular wisdom, a good father is a supportive and active disciplinarian through the power of his words, not his fists.
When it comes to words, nothing gets more ink than religious writing. Everyone, even non-believers, have a copy or two of books filled with holy writ, so I should probably concede that God and his fans are doing what they can to "discipline through the power of his words." If only those words made more sense.
When it comes to fists, sure God's had to do some smiting from time to time, but we're adults, we can deal with it.
Besides he seems to be done with the whole smiting thing for now. He seems to be content sitting back and watching his children following his earlier example.
*These attributes represent the popular thoughts of Ask Men’s Jullian Marcus, examiner.com’s Tanya Tringali, and Open Talk Magazine’s Glenn Silvestre
as per their respective articles on what makes a good father.