Thursday, May 15, 2008

Praise the Lord!: Bondage for Christians*



Thanks, D, for the tip.

You might want to get your Bibles out for this one. Don't have one? No worries. Go to Bible Gateway and search for the passage you want. Today we'll be talking about Ephesians. That's one of Paul's letters. The one he wrote to the Ephesians. What's that, you say? You didn't know that Paul never knew the living Christ? Neither do most people. Paul's letters written to a specific group of people and never intended to be dogma for billions of Christians worldwide? Yeah, I don't think so either. But I'm not here to give you perspective on the validity of Pauline doctrine.

Apparently hiding out there in the kinky shadows of Christendom is a group of guys and gals practicing Traditional Christian Marriage, which they interpret as inclusive of "Christian Domestic Discipline." Really.

Look, I'm not going to lie--this is nonconsensual Bondage and Discipline (the "BD" in "BDSM") and it makes me cringe. Both, when consensual, are totally fine but to have this type of relationship explicitly justified using Paul's word--and not the wife's--is unbelievable.

Hey Christians--if you want to get in to bondage, go for it. But using the Bible to justify it? Give me a fucking break. The only people who think that "submit" means "submissive" are people in the BDSM community. You oughta look them up.

The specific phrase in question from Ephesians is Chapter 5, 22-24:
22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

That's the only part of Ephesians most people know; but verse 21, which is usually left out, is:
21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

So you want to bend your wife over your knee, give her a good spanking warm up, speak to her in a commanding tone, and then spank her occasionally for "maintenance"? Fucking go for it. But don't say the Bible tells you so, cos the reasoning just isn't in there. Nobody is suggesting the husbands submit to the wives, and that's the "word" as written.

Congratulations, Christians! You're kinky. Why not celebrate by giving your submissive wife the perfect gift: a pair of short and sassy pantaloons. By the way, they're crotchless. Guess that might come in handy sometime.



Maybe this is just a way of hiding consensual submissive relationships among Christians that, for social reasons, have to be justified using a Biblical overreach. Given the breadth of clearly erotic Christian Domestic Discipline fiction available for sale on the website, I'm led to think this is just another kink. Oh, well...All God's children have a place in the choir. Some sing lower...and some higher.

*for the record, I'm a Christian.

2 comments:

Sally said...

I've come across this site before and can't tell if it's an elaborate joke or not. The pantaloons and the maintenance diary are kooky enough for me to question.

Go-To Girl said...

i know! i don't think it's a joke; i think it's actually really, really kinky. the total submersion in the theo/ideology is what makes it way more kinky than even most full-time submissive relationships i've seen.
but it is also hilarious. maybe i'll invest in one of the books just to make sure.