It’s one of those things I just have to talk about with you.
Josh Duggar’s past coming to public light yesterday.
Normally, I stay away from current events but I just can’t this time.
Here’s the deal: the world is screaming, “Hypocrite, Faker, Pervert!” The amount of hate-comments is staggering; it makes sense since we live in a culture that tolerates almost anything except child abuse. America, and the rest of the world, is demanding for “19 Kids and Counting” to be pulled from the shelves in an effort to protect her ideals, namely, that messing with minors is an unforgiveable offence deserving the strictest of punishments.
But I think the issue is far deeper, far more important.
The world is crying that forgiveness, redemption and Jesus’ cleansing work is nonexistent. It will not acknowledge the obvious work of redemption in Duggar’s life because it doesn’t believe in Jesus or redemption.
If Josh, a minor at the time of his offense, is unforgivable then so am I. There are gross sins in my life I’ve only told my husband, mom and Jesus Himself. There are past behaviors that, if brought public, would cause Christians to shrink from me and the world to shame me. I’m a sinner and before I met Jesus Christ’s great work I sinned badly.
Today, as I was praying for Josh and his family I began to ask God if the world was right. Is there forgiveness for sins? Am I truly washed clean in the sight of God and free to be His child? Or, am I still that filthy, unforgiven liar with sketches of the worst sin in my heart?
I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high. -Psalms 8:17
Truth is a concept that is real, unchanging and firm. And the truth is that God is righteous; He is the measuring stick of righteousness. I praise His name because He is good, holy and right in all He does. I do not love Him because I am good; nor, do I follow Him because I is right. He is praised because He is righteous and He has declared, by His great work in Jesus Christ, that I am righteous too.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. -Psalms 12:6
God’s forgiveness is as secure as His word — very secure indeed! As a Christian, my sins have been cleansed, washed away and blotted out by Jesus’ death and resurrection; Josh Duggar’s forgiveness, as a Christian, is as real as God the Father’s word.
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation. and my high tower. -Psalm 18:1,2
If God is real, forgiveness guaranteed (through a believing relationship with Jesus Christ) and redemption possible then we can rejoice! I can rejoice! The many deep, ugly, gross sins of my past? They are wiped clean. I am free to be at peace.
I speak to the Church — what do we believe?
Do we believe that God’s Word, His promises, are true?
If so, then we must rally around Josh Duggar and not because he is a great example, a perfect man, or even free from terrible sins. He isn’t. No, we must rally around Duggar because God is as real as His forgiveness. If we shrink away from a brother in Christ because his past sins is put on display then we shrink away from God’s truth and we no longer have a place as being the light of Christ.
This event’s wave-shock will not be contained to the Duggar home — the effects of this event will rock the world and, if we are not ready to stand on truth, the Church too. Like the Pharisees of old, the world is crying out for blood. There are also some crying out for mercy. There are murderers, liars, drug users, adulterers, hypocrites, prostitutes, homosexuals and pedophiles asking if they are forgivable. Because if Josh’s sins are unforgiveable then so are theirs.
Praise God, we know that that isn’t true.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. -John 8:10-12
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