Unless you’ve been living under an internet rock for the last week or so, you’ve most likely heard that the eldest son of the Duggar family, the subject of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting reality TV show, Josh Duggar, has admitted that when he was 14-years old he inappropriately touched some of his sisters as they slept. While this is an awful, horrible thing, and sexual sin is a deep, dark, and evil trap – there is something to be celebrated about this story. Josh Duggar, with the help of God and his supportive family, conquered his addiction to sexual sin.
Most people, especially the liberal mainstream media, look at this situation and scoff at another outspoken conservative Christian that fell into sin. “My, how the mighty have fallen”, right? People have been crowded around, licking their chops, waiting for a Duggar to fall so they could take them down. Obviously, our TV is no place for people with conservative values to voice their opinions. Ask Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty about that. There is an all-out war on conservative Christianity in our culture.
Even other Christians are so quick to cast judgment upon believers in the public eye that fall into sin. Social media is inundated with misled Christians that think that slandering other Christ followers is somehow a good idea. It’s not. It’s never a good idea. Seeing Christians taking shots at each other in a public arena only creates stumbling blocks for those that don’t believe.
In all of this social media debating and mudslinging, people fail to see the good that comes from this situation. Josh Duggar was a teenager when he did these things to these girls and he turned himself in to his parents. He realized that he had done wrong. They got help. While we don’t have much in the way of details, (and honestly, what business is it of ours?) but in the past 13 or so years, this family has dealt with it. Josh has been fully restored by Christ because he asked for forgiveness and moved forward. He met a girl and was completely open and transparent with her about it. They ended up getting married and have a beautiful and growing family. That is the full restoration and reconciliation of Christ, but for some reason, that’s not enough for the public.
We should be excited for Josh. This isn’t a scandal – this is his testimony. It’s by God’s grace and mercy that he can stand with confidence and admit that what he did was horrible and atrocious, but God has restored him.
A story from the Bible has been thrown around a lot in the past couple of days that a lot of people are getting wrong. In John chapter 8, the Pharisees brought a woman before Jesus who had been caught in the act of adultery. They paraded her in front of a big crowd where Jesus was teaching and said that the law of Moses says that she had to be stoned to death. Jesus said that anyone that hasn’t sinned can throw the first rock. I imagine that if he was speaking into a microphone, he would have held it straight out and dropped it. Everyone walked away.
This group of people is the same type of group piling on Josh Duggar. Christians and non-believers alike, they’re ready to see a bloodbath. People have been replying to this sentiment by saying things like, “Well, I’ve never molested anyone, so I can throw stones!” No, Jesus said that anyone that hasn’t committed ANY sin can chuck rocks. Of course, we all know that Romans 3:23 says that ALL have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Like it or not, all sin is on a level playing field with God. Do different sins have different consequences here on Earth? Sure, but God just sees our sinful hearts equally.
Jesus turned to the woman after everyone cleared out and Jesus asked her, “Where are your accusers? Isn’t anyone going to condemn you?” She said no and he replied, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” THAT is the difference. When you’re caught up in sin and have the world at your doorstep ready to tear you apart, the only one NOT condemning you is Jesus. He is the king of second chances when the world won’t give you one. All you have to do is ask for it. But there’s one catch to turning your tragedy into testimony…
“Go and sin no more.”
For Josh Duggar, that means get help, pray, seek forgiveness; get counseling for himself and his sisters. Notice that Jesus didn’t just say to “sin no more”; he said “GO and sin no more.” Move forward. Make progress. Show the world that you refuse to be defined by your past failures. Don’t allow the world to tear you down just because your sin is a little different than their own sin. If anyone reading this is stuck in a deep dark sin that they think will ruin them if it came out in the open, know that Jesus isn’t condemning you. There’s still time to turn it around.
So, we should celebrate the testimony of Josh Duggar. As a young man, he was into a deep and terrible sin, but by the grace of God is now redeemed and restored. He had the courage to stand up to the sin inside himself and to the world that wants to eat him alive right now. This whole situation reveals how wise, courageous, and strong the Duggar family can be.
Sin is a dirty, awful, evil thing; but the restoration of our heart that comes from Christ is a beautiful thing.