Corporal punishment purges the community from sin and produces righteousness.
In a previous post, Is there any honor or benefit to slut shaming an adulterous wife? (2018-11-24), I reached the conclusion that s1ut shaming, done as a form of behavioral correction, is only effective when it is condoned and reinforced by the wider community.
Not surprisingly, this community cooperation is exactly what we see in foreign cultures that still condemn sexual promiscuity. But that’s not all! Corporal punishment is duly employed to drive the lesson home, deep into the conscience of the offender.
Case Study: African workers in Saudi Arabia
As a case study, we’ll focus on an event reported at Fotonz Grid Entertainment: Ghanaian lady given 100 strokes of the cane after being caught sleeping with a Sudanese man in Saudi Arabia (2020 July 31).
The first video shows the moment the woman is caught naked and in bed with the man. We can assume with fair certainty that they are not properly married. In this scene, both the woman and her paramour are verbally chastised, b!tch-smacked around, and struck with various items, such as a leather belt.
Ouch! … and worse, the shame of it all! Their guilt is palpable!
In the second video, we see the woman being spanked with a small cane while surrounded by those we can only assume to be the elders of the community.
Here, we can actually see how caning encourages her repentance. At the 1:00 minute mark, she starts to break down emotionally, indicating that she is beginning to experience a spiritually healthy, visceral sense of guilt and shame. At the 2:00 minute mark, her fleshly nature shows, causing her to throw a tantrum like a child. She can’t inhibit her self-defense responses, resulting in her hands being painfully struck by the cane. It is this same self-preserving self-interest of the fleshly nature that needs to be exposed in order for her to become more self-aware and adopt a sense of responsibility for herself.
For those who believe caning, (or corporal punishment in general) is extreme, remember that the Old Testament (Leviticus 20:10) called for both the adulterous woman and her male partner to be stoned to death. By comparison, caning is quite merciful.
I need to point out that this is not at all like marital discipline which I have written extensively about before. Marital discipline is about a husband moulding and training his wife in love, to be holy and joyful. The purpose of marital discipline is mainly for sanctification. Caning (or stoning, etc.) an adulteress is about exposing and removing sin from both the perpetrator and the community before it grows and destroys the community. It would be ideal if the punishment (1) caused the adulteress to feel guilty (i.e. take responsibility for her wrongdoing), and (2) led to her repentance. If she truly repents, then she will lose her desire for illicit sex and become marriage minded. In effect, the punishment produces righteousness, which is exactly what the Bible says.
“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” ~ Hebrews 12:11 (NKJV)
I might guess that the main reason why we have such an abundance of promiscuous women in Western nations today is because parents have neglected to employ corporal punishment during their upbringing. Without that tough loving discipline, righteousness is simply not attainable.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
Of course, even if parents go to the effort to lovingly administer corporal punishment to their children, the results remain tenuous as long as the practice of corporal punishment is shunned by the larger community. The operant conditioning is only effective when the subject has no other alternative but to submit to the discipline.
- Σ Frame: 13 Disciplines in Dealing with Delectable Daughters (2018 January 29)
- Σ Frame: Teaching our daughters well is the early foundation of successful wife moulding (2020 February 14)