M. Dolon Hickmon, author of 13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession, has written a new article about the recent events with NFL player Adrian Peterson. It’s a difficult but good read because of the unflinching descriptions of the Christian child discipline suffered by the author at roughly the same age as Peterson’s son. People do carry the memories of what happens to them as young children into the rest of their lives as Hickmon proves in his piece.
“Prior to becoming born-again, my father would whip my brother and me much the way his father had beaten him: snatching his belt from his slacks in a fit of pique and then raining lashes until his tension was relieved. It was a pastor who taught him the “right” way, which involved beating his children for the tiniest transgressions, reading scripture before, during, and after punishment, and the necessity of continuing and escalating until his children were reduced to submissive, plaintively whimpering heaps.”