Remember when you were a kid and if you did something wrong (and sometimes when you didn’t) your mom or dad would bend you over their knee and whack you across the ass? Or, in the more implement-oriented households, items like belts, hairbrushes, sticks, or nearby magazines rolled into weapons would be used to mete out corporal punishment? It was all done in the name of discipline and punishment… to make you, the errant child, a better person. I always hated the attendant pain and humiliation and came to realize – oft-times at the end of my father’s belt, that physically hurting a child in the name of discipline and punishment was… oxymoronic. Attempting to teach a child to be a civil, well-mannered, rule-abiding member of society by inflicting physical pain was utterly counter-productive. Wrong message.
That’s one topic of conversation and a good one; I’ve written about it before and, boy, if you want to rile up the masses, tell parents you’re against corporal punishment and you’ve got an honorable, ethical, grown child to prove it can be done. But that’s not actually today’s story; it’s the intro to today’s story. Today’s story is about corporal punishment, but a very unique kind of corporal punishment: spanking… for Jesus. By adults. Spanking other adults. Husbands and wives. For… Jesus.
Yes, you read that right. Because there aren’t enough batshit crazy things going on out there in the wide, wacky world of religion, a new source of crazy has come to light. It even has a name: Christian Domestic Discipline (CDD).
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