Saturday, May 23, 2015

Not Because We Need Another Commentary on This, But...

...because it is stirring inside of me.  Here is how I respond to the Josh Duggar situation and why it weighs so heavy on my heart.

First of all it makes me really sad.

  • I am sad because it gives opponents to Christianity more ammunition to use in their argument that all Christians are hypocrites.  Yes, Josh Duggar is one more name in a long list of Christians who have had their platform pulled out from under them because of their sin.  Unfortunately, they won't be remembered for their faith or all of the good they did, but only for their fall and that makes me sad.  
  • I am sad for his victims.  There is a lot of attention pointed towards Josh and the grace that he needs but I just can't shake the sadness that I feel for his victims long enough to worry about him.  I am sad that his sisters did not choose this road and they certainly did not choose to then have their victimization broadcast around the world.  The prior and continued suffering of his victims makes me sad. 
  • I am sad for his wife and children.  I can't help but wonder if the efforts to protect Josh from the consequences of his actions extended into what was revealed, or not revealed, to his wife.  I am sad that his sin now spills over into new victims who did not even know him at the time.  I believe this compounding victimization is an excellent representation of how our sinful choices can have generational consequences, but it still makes me sad. 

I'll be honest, I am also scared.

I am scared because I wonder who is next.  I wonder what God-fearing man will fall next because he is unable to flee from sin.  I pray it isn't my family but know that no one is immune to the temptation of sin.  The Duggars are good people who had a son who made a really bad choice and then they followed it up with what appears to have been another bad choice.  How many of us can say that we have never made a bad choice where our bodies or families are concerned?  That in NO WAY makes it excusable but it does scare me.  We are flawed people which is why we need Jesus so badly.  It is also why we need to stand vigilant against the lies and temptations of the enemy.   I don't like feeling scared, but perhaps it's a good thing. 


Finally, I am ready.

I am ready for Jesus to come back.  I am so ready that I feel it like a weight on my shoulders.  As I watch the events on the news, hear stories of children tortured, cry with friends who are struggling to save their child from what he cannot control, and prepare for my own child to undergo life-altering surgery, I pray for Jesus to just come back.  It wakes me up in the middle of the night as I feel this great deal of unrest on my soul.  Situations like Josh Duggar's just serve to fuel the agitation of my heart and make me long for a day of no more sin and no more suffering.  I am ready for God to redeem all of the adversity that surrounds me and for the world to see a victory that is found only in Him. 



1 comment:

likeschocolate said...

Thank you for writting this! I am so angry at all the attention this is getting, but not because it was wrong which it was, but because they way they keep pointing out he is a Christian as if only Christains could possibly be the only ones capable of such an act. I hate to tell the media but anyone is capable of doing such a thing. Sadly, while all the other creeps are given forgiveness for there acts I am sure he will not be given the same gift. What I don't understand is why this is all being brought to light now. Obviously, a police investigation did occur even if it was a year later and if the police did not press charges than why does this need to be given attention now. Also, while it is no excuse he was a child himself. I don't think the public should look at his age at the time in the same light as standard public given his strong sheltered upbringing. Maturity wise he was probably much younger at the time and may not have really known what he was doing was wrong. Not sure how much his parents had discussed with him the fact of life. I agree with you on all points. Sad for everyone all around. Sad for those who watch their show as it was one of the few clean programs on the television to watch.