I don’t know about you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching 19 Kids and Counting for quite some time now. It has been my favorite TV show for as long as I can remember. As such, I have been deeply and totally saddened by the news that Josh Duggar has admitted to molesting his sisters and a family friend twelve years ago. I can’t say I was totally surprised, though. I heard “sin in the camp” rumors tied to the buzzed haircut Josh sported in one of the very first television specials aired.
I’ve heard the outrage on both sides. Some are gloating over the fact that Josh has fallen from public grace. Others are like, oh don’t worry about it, everyone sins and he is forgiven.
But is this the right response on either side? You can read the 33 page police report here.
I hope that…
Josh realizes it was not a “young teenage mistake.” Don’t sugar coat it.
Josh and Anna will stop focusing on him (as Anna’s public statement especially implied), and instead pour all of their efforts and sympathies into the pain the victims might feel by these allegations being brought to light.
The victims realize it was not their fault. I pray that they don’t listen to the vile things people are sharing on their social media accounts. Please leave them alone unless you plan to offer support.
Josh might realize that sin really does follow you. It has wrapped it’s clutches around everyone’s hearts. None are immune. Praise God that in Christ, we are forgiven! But we can’t pretend that offenses never occurred. We must man up and take responsibility. If we are about to take a high profile position at Family Research Council for instance, we should say, hey, there is something you need to know about my past, and then decide to hire me. Repentance includes transparency.
Jim Bob and Michelle understand that writing books about living for the Lord and starring in a very popular reality show wasn’t the smartest idea if they weren’t willing to share this struggle and repentance before agreeing to do so. Otherwise you look like hypocrites.
Jim Bob and Michelle realize that placing a (repentant) abuser back into the home environment probably wasn’t the best choice. That shows a lack of respect for your daughters.
Mr. Keller might realize that when screening potential suitors for Anna (as was customary in their home), he should have understood that if this type of fiasco was left hidden (when the sinner was in a very public position), then it.will.follow.them. It has followed Josh, and will now effect both Anna and Josh’s children. I hurt for Josh’s children so much.
The victims in all of this are the girls who Josh violated and his own children. Can you imagine what they will someday read about their own father on the internet? We need to not only pray, for them, but for all those who are involved. Including Josh. He is no worse a sinner than me. I say this as a victim of the same type of abuse on a school bus long ago by a boy one year older than I.
As awful and painful as this is, the Duggars should have made this public knowledge long ago if they were to have a public ministry. God will (and has!) used the greatest sinners to further His kingdom…but again, transparency should be involved.
I for one, do not care to watch Josh Duggar on television ever again. But TLC, if you insist on canceling 19 Kids and Counting, could you at least give Jill and Jessa a spin-off show? Pretty please?