Daughter’s cheer coach shouted at the team, “20 pushups!” They’d dropped a stunt, so the pushups were punishment, not conditioning. Presumably, having exhausted themselves with pushups, they would hit the stunt the next time they tried it.
I’m trying to conceive of a scenario where I, a minister, would be permitted to shout demands for menial physical punishment at the youth in my charge.
“Recite John 3:16!”
“For God so loved the planet–“
“No! Drop and give me 20!”
Yeah, no. We do not expect performance from young people in matters of faith the same way we expect it in sports. It feels like another way in which the grownups at church treat you differently than your coaches. Coaches demand 100% of your effort for hours each week. We’re just happy you showed up.
Watching Daughter’s coach, I still think church should be the thing that backs down.