Why I Love Josh Duggar
When I read the news last night that a tabloid had dug up some dirt on the famous reality TV star Josh Duggar, it broke my heart for several reasons. Many of you won’t agree, but I am willing to take the heat on this one. Here’s why:
For those who haven’t heard yet, here is a recap of what has unfolded from Matt Walsh:
By now you’ve probably heard that Josh Duggar — oldest son in the “19 Kids and Counting” family — did some very bad things a long time ago. Apparently, when he was 14, Josh fondled several young girls, including a number of his younger sisters.
After admitting to these acts, his parents presented the situation to their church’s leadership, and Josh was sent to a family friend in Little Rock where he spent several months doing physical labor. When he came home, his parents brought him to a state trooper. The trooper talked to the boy, but no arrest was made. A police report was filed, though, and Josh and his sisters received counseling.
The behavior stopped there, and Josh has been upfront about it to anyone who actually needs to know this information. According to his wife, he confessed his past sins to her well before they were married. The family did not, however, announce these details to the world, mostly because there was no conceivable reason to. That is, until someone leaked it to a tabloid, and the whole “scandal” exploded all over the media yesterday.
Think for just a moment about how the media typically sees things.
- Lust – Praised
- Abortion – Praised
- Homosexual Behavior – Praised
- Pornography – Praised
- Fornication – Praised
- Confession, Judgment & Forgiveness – Condemned.
I am not convinced that the media is interested in seeing justice. I am convinced that they are only interested in a story that will sell and make Christianity look bad.
Matt Walsh writing for the Blaze said it well with his article The Duggars Aren’t Hypocrites. Progressives Are.
Here is what Josh wrote as a response:
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends, I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
He took responsibility; his family took responsibility; he sought forgiveness; and his family reported it to the authorities. TLC knew about this back in 2006 and did not take the family off the show. Authorities that investigated the incident felt that it was handled in a way that no further charges were necessary.
Yet look at what Isaac Washington said on my Facebook page:
“Shame on you, Eric. If this was anyone from any other faith than Christianity, you’d demonize them in a heartbeat and then use that as a springboard to sermonize about the superiority of your Christian morality.”
Isaac, I have news for you, Christians are not “excusing” #joshduggar’s actions. Christian morality is the basis for the judgment in the first place.
Honestly, I am blown away by the incredible double standard that is applied to Christians. We don’t claim to be perfect; we claim to be perfectly forgiven. We don’t claim to be better; we claim to be better off. We can forgive because we have been forgiven. And yes, we do use Christian morality to judge. Haven’t you noticed that everyone is using Christian morality to judge people?
Isaac, when a Christian admits his sin, goes to the proper authorities, pays the penalty, repents of his actions, is up front and honest with the world, and has made things right with the victims, then he has done exactly what God has commanded him to do. Why would you say that Christians are applying a double standard?
In reality, it is evolutionists who apply a double standard. If evolution is true, then there is no absolute right and wrong. If evolution is true, Josh should not have admitted his faults over a decade ago because what one evolved bag of molecules does to another bag of molecules just doesn’t really matter. If evolution is true, there is no ultimate Judge who will hold every man, woman, and child responsible for their actions. And if evolution is true, you will not give an account for every idle word you speak.
The truth is, we all use Christian morality to judge people. The very idea of judgment comes from Christianity.
Isaac, you may be slow to forgive because you have never experienced forgiveness.
God’s love and forgiveness is as big as the ocean. I live in Pensacola, FL where we have the beautiful beaches and amazing Gulf of Mexico. I could describe the Gulf to you, I could show you pictures, I could teach you lots of knowledge about the Gulf and even vividly describe what it feels like to walk on powder like sand and to feel the weight of a wave as it crashes over your head, but even then you will never be able to experience the amazing joy of the beaches of Pensacola until you come here and jump in the Gulf yourself.
- Forgiveness is a choice, NOT an emotion.
- Forgiveness is NOT pretending that it never happened.
- Forgiveness is NOT ignoring the pain.
- Forgiveness is giving mercy to those who don’t deserve it.
If you have not experienced God’s forgiveness, then I suggest you check out www.needgod.com to see how you look in the mirror of God’s laws and what you can do about it.
I have news for you. I am a sinner, too. I have experienced the same forgiveness that Josh has experienced.
So what should be done with Josh? Well, here were my thoughts from Facebook:
Thanks for reading,
For the men out there that have not been caught yet, I encourage you to start correcting your behavior. We have something that will help.