What I Think About Josh Duggar, the World’s Response and Christianity’s Job

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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

Frannie Anne

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4 thoughts on “What I Think About Josh Duggar, the World’s Response and Christianity’s Job

  1. Sorry, but people who hurt other people do not get a free pass because “Jesus!” Especially people who go around publicly condemning others – like, ironically, claiming that gay people are pedophiles. Um no, a pedophile is..well, look in the mirror. Who is it that actually hurts kids? Well, clearly the Duggars do, you can’t deny that anymore. It’s their hypocrisy that makes me ill.

    I might not have a perfect, sin-free past, but I have somehow managed never to abuse anyone. Even as a “minor”. He was old enough at 14-15 to know that sexually abusing your little sisters is not okay.

    1. Hey, TCMoms! You’re absolutely right; people who hurt other people do not get free passes. Sin is sin and there will always be consequences for the wrong choices we make.

      I am not saying Josh is not guilty — I am stating that if Christianity is real, if Jesus really did come to free us from sin’s penalty, then it is important to remember the truth. And the truth is that if a person has repented of their sins (no matter how small or big, shameful or horrendous) and walking in a relationship with Jesus Christ then they are forgiven and it’s a fact that we, believing Christians, need to remember during such disturbing times.

      Also, I disagree with you on Duggar being a hypocrite. Hypocrisy is pretending to be something your not; as far as we know Josh was open about his sinful choices. It would be another matter if he choose to tell no one (his wife, the church, etc.) that would be real hypocrisy.

      These issues are hard and, in all honesty, scary to confront. The fact is that this isn’t just about Josh Duggar — it’s about every human being who has chosen to live life in sin: drug users, parents who abandon children, liars, and adulterers. If he cannot be forgiven then neither can we and that is a scary place to be. I’m glad that God is big enough to forgive anyone who comes to Him.

      Feel free to reply!

  2. I would like to say to you thank you for your comments of forgiveness. I try to live my life according Matt 6:15 which I will paraphrase, if we as born again Christians can’t forgive others of their sins, then our Father (God) can’t forgive us of our sins. So, to me I don’t have a choice, but to forgive. Did he do wrong? Yes, he did. Should he have faced charges? There again, yes he should have. I don’t know why he didn’t and I don’t know why his parents didn’t contact the authorities sooner. What I do know is this: If, a young boy had ever done anything like this to my daughters, I WOULD HAVE CALL THE AUTHORITIES AND MADE A COMPLAINT. Now, I am not putting any blame on anyone’s daughter. I am just stating what I would have done. Now, for my husband he would have done something differently. I have pass sins, and I do not go around talking about them and I am sure there are millions of folk out there who don’t either. Here is something for all to think about. Now we all should ask ourselves how many young boys and girls who have done something like this or even worse, if there is such a thing, that is now in some kind of positions or station in life that we admire, think highly of, or that we have a great respect for that may or may not have grew up in a Christian or a minister’s home, a doctor or lawyer’s home, or even the President of the U. S.’ home. It don’t matter to me, because wrong is wrong and in God’s eye’s he could care less about who your parents are or how you were raised. For God it is all about us asking for his forgiveness, and asking Jesus to come and live in our hearts. Now, I myself can forgive the sin and I pray that not only the man, but his parents have come clean. I once asked a minister, who had a friend who stole $1000.00’s of from the him, how could you ever trust or believe this man again. His answer to me was this, if I want to enter the joy’s of heaven I have no choice, but to forgive, if I want God to forgive me and to be able to enter into the joy’s of heaven one day and as far as trusting this man again, I would have to use a lot more wisdom and do things differently. I just hope and pray that this young man has truly turned his life around, but I also hope and pray that who ever they girl(s) were, that they too were able to forgive, receive help and able to heal and move forward with their life. But more than anything I pray that everyone involved has come to know our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God bless you.

    1. Hello, AE!

      First of all, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment — I love connecting with readers.

      It is such a touchy subject and I’m glad you shared your opinion. Above all, I am thankful Jesus forgives sins and that we can live victoriously in Him. Of course, every sin has a consequence but those are under His guidance and care. I’m so glad we can trust Him.

      God bless you, sweet one!

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