Many people have been hoping for this day for years. The day when the Duggars fell. Today they got their wish.
By “the Duggars” I mean any member of the Duggar extended family—the ones “as seen on TV” in their hit show “19 Kids and Counting.” And by “fell” I mean not just dipping below the sainted status conveyed by their television persona, but really falling in a public, humiliating and tragic way.
UPDATE: Duggar moves to Arkansas. The Price of Forgiveness for Josh Duggar.
Josh Duggar publicly confessed that accusations of his being investigated for child abuse 12 years ago are true.
“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,” Duggar told People Magazine.
I had the pleasure of meeting Josh Duggar not even two months ago. I found him to be humble, well-spoken, polite and quite real. He also loves college football, especially his Razorbacks.
Yes, I had “the pleasure.” He is a fine young man with a wonderful family, who now have to live with a public blot on his character for many years.
There will be distortions. Oh yes, the distortions and accusations have barely even begun. They’ll call him a serial molester. They’ll extend the accusations to his father Jim Bob, who reported the incident to the police himself, according to the New York Daily News. They’ll paint the whole family as Branch Davidians and Jim Bob as David Koresh.
Josh Duggar handled the news of his public humiliation like a man. He admitted it, put it in the past, and stepped out of the way in his public position as executive director of Family Research Council Action (the political action arm of the FRC). He will probably move back to Arkansas and live quietly there.
I doubt we’ll see him on the show anymore, which is very, very sad.
There’s one group of people who I suspect aren’t too sad: the Duggars themselves. They will rally around the eldest child and provide support, like a family is supposed to. You won’t hear any exposés or exclusive tell-alls from the Duggars.
They’ll remain joyful because they understand the grace of God in their lives. They know that this life is a temporary sojourn, and that the reward they seek is not in this world.
The world can hurl its worst at Josh Duggar. As Vince Gill sang, they can only threaten him with heaven.
This world has no shortage of people who are rejoicing at Josh Duggar’s shame. Last November, a hundred and fifty thousand of them signed a change.org petition urging TLC to cancel “19 Kids,” which, of course, failed.
Possibly this time, they’ll succeed, with a new petition. The hatred is already seeping through the Internet—the same Internet clogged with child pornography, bestiality, and horrors worse than the most jaded fetishist has dreamt. Stuff so bad that even imagining a young child seeing it is an act of mental abuse.
And the denizens of this same Internet hold Josh Duggar to a standard so far above their own filthy sewers, then celebrate when he admits he’s less than a perfect soul.
— Political Nerd (@Sttbs73) May 21, 2015
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) May 21, 2015
— maria lia calvo (@MariaLiaCalvo) May 21, 2015
It speaks volumes to the mind of #JoshDuggar that he claimed he quit molesting kids because he thought it would ruin HIS life, NOT theirs.
— Ree Cee (@ree_cee) May 21, 2015
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) May 21, 2015
And there’s those who live on gossip and the misfortune of others, who will feast on the news for their own aggrandizement, while living out the same lives in their twisted reality.
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) May 21, 2015
— The Ashley (@TheAshleysRR) May 21, 2015
— Cameron L. Mitchell (@CameronLMitchel) May 21, 2015
— Katie Barber (@katiesaidno) May 21, 2015
For those who celebrate at the banquet of Josh Duggar’s humiliation, I’ve got news for you.
You’re not a shining perfect soul yourself.
In fact, you’re depraved, self-seeking, greedy, profane, and iniquitous.
Your counterfeit self-righteousness is as transparently feculent as your own deviant desires for others.
In other words: You live in a sewer, and you smell like its contents.
There’s no material difference between you and Josh Duggar. Except one thing. Josh Duggar believes in a holy, forgiving, loving and merciful God who has already forgiven him for his transgression.
Josh Duggar can stand up and say “I did this” without shame, because he’s given his own depravity to God, who has taken his shame and given him God’s righteousness.
I know this bothers you, because you want to see Duggar grovel and beg forgiveness from the world, so you can snatch it away while he writhes in his own humiliation for the rest of his life.
I’ve got bad news for you. It’s not going to happen.
Duggar admitted what happened and now it’s your turn to deal with it. He’s already past it. His wife is past it. His family is past it.
And they know one thing that you may not, if you’re one of the many celebrants awaiting the Duggars implosion.
What they know is something very ancient, and not at all hidden.
They know this: one day, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11.)
Right now, Josh Duggar is living out Philippians the second chapter.
One day I hope I will have the pleasure of meeting him again. Yes, the “pleasure.”
Duggar is not a perfect soul. Neither am I. Neither are you. What we have in common is the knowledge of the one who is a perfect soul, and like Josh Duggar, I hope one day you’ll meet Him too.