*** Please fasten your seat belts & hang on as this is going to be a bumpy ride. ***
The Duggar family has been on my radar for 20+ years. I’ve watched just about every Dateline or news story about them. I was fascinated at their ability to keep having children while I went through all sorts of fertility treatments and couldn’t. My sister, God rest her soul, could blink and be pregnant so Michelle Duggar reminded me alot of her. Another thing I loved about the Duggar’s were their children all with “J” first names. Since both my husband and I have “J” names we were planning on doing the same thing when we had children of our own. I enjoyed watching how they teamed their children up so they would all form a relationship with their siblings. As someone who was raised basically as an only child after the age of 7, I envied their closeness. Additionally, as a Christian, I was particularly interested in their faith and how they raised their children. I wouldn’t say I agreed with every thing they believed, but they were definitely, in my mind, Christians.
Now 20+ years later we find that they were not perfect, that they had secrets and sins just like the rest of us. So what?
Society is begging for someone to be the perfect example for the world. Billy Graham, Amy Grant, Michael English, Tim Tebow, Sandi Patti, the Duggars, your local pastor…we want them to be above reproach. We want them to be the perfect example of Christ. We want an example to try and pattern our lives after. Unfortunately, there is one problem with Billy Graham, Amy Grant, Michael English, Tim Tebow, Sandi Patti, the Duggars, your local pastor – they are all human. They will sin. They will fall short of the example we expect them to set. The only difference between their sin and YOUR sin is theirs is public. How would you like everyone to know your secret addictions? How would you like the mistakes in your past on national news? How would you like your friends and family knowing all the bad things you have ever done? Until you are willing to take that risk…that everyone in the world would know…then you have zero right to say one negative word about the Billy Grahams, the Amy Grants, the Michael Englishs, the Tim Tebows, the Sandi Pattis, the Duggars, the local pastors of the world! So shut your mouth…literally. I mean it. SHUT UP with the bashing people in the spotlight. You, in your glass house, yes you…the Sunday school teacher who is scandalized, the worship leader who can’t believe something like this would ever happen, the nursery worker who has judged others…YOU…you need to stop. The only difference between Josh Duggars sin and yours – is his was public. Stop acting like he’s the worst person in the world.
Let me remind you that Jesus died for YOUR sin…even the sin of gossiping or tearing down other Christians. Let me remind you that Billy Graham, Amy Grant, Michael English, Tim Tebow, Sandi Patti, the Duggars and your local pastor are your brothers & sisters in Christ. Jesus expects you to love them (A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34), forgive them (Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13) and pray for them (Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16). If you don’t, you’re no better than the very people you’re intent on tearing down.
Let us all be quick to love, quick to forgive and quick to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. If your biological brother were in the midst of a scandal would you rush to his aid? Would you love him any way? Would you forgive? Would you be quick to pray for him? 90% of us would…so let’s do the same thing for Josh Duggar.