Friday, August 21, 2015

The Duggar Delimma

Typically, when I blog, I do it with the mindset that the majority of my viewing audience is going to be Christians, this will be no different. Don't get me wrong, I hope that my writing translates to people of many different faiths and ideas, but being a Christian, I try to look at things from what perspective I should take as a follower of Christ.

So, unless you have been hiding under a rock, sometime over the past three months or so you've heard something about the Duggar family, more specifically Josh Duggar and his many indiscretions over the years that have recently come to light.

Let me be the first to say, that I in no way shape or form agree with his actions. They are horrible and I am sure many have been hurt and grieved over his decisions. There have been many that now have to live from the consequences of his bad decisions. Because I don't believe in mistakes. When something is wrong, and you know its wrong, and you do it anyway, it was a decision, not an accident. Mistakes seem to write off our bad decisions and make them seem less bad. Josh Duggar has caused pain to many, and he will have to live with the consequences of those actions both in this life and the one to come.

I just wanted it to be clear that I was not excusing or agreeing with any of the things that he has done, but...

I have made some awful decisions in my life. I have caused pain to the ones I love. However, I am not in the spotlight like the Duggar family is, so my bad decisions seem to disappear over time, since no one is trying to dig up more dirt on me.

So, I guess what I am saying is that for the most part, you and I have no idea what its like to be in Josh Duggars shoes right now. Yes he made some bad decisions, but unlike me, he not only has to deal with those decisions with his family, but with the multiplied thousands of people around the world who are following this story. I have read the statements from Josh, and many are unforgiving since he is seemingly only admitting his mistakes after getting caught. But is that so different from the rest of the world? Even worse, how many people would continue to lie after getting caught and try to make up excuses?

My point is, is that as a Christian, I too am a sinner, and without the saving power of Jesus Christ, I would be in a world full of trouble. I know its hard for us to understand God's forgiveness sometimes, and its easy to label sins from bad to really bad. But am I so different than Josh?

"If the gospel isn't good news for everybody, then it isn't good news for anybody." -Rob Bell

Rather than casting stones and blame on this family, can't we instead focus on the hurt that they are feeling? Can't we pray for their difficult road ahead of forgiveness and rebuilding trust? I mean, I guess we could just burn Josh at the stake and be free of one more liar/cheater/molester. But I for one, hope that this becomes part of his testimony. That he is able to recover from this and rebuild his relationship with his family, and become a great witness for how easy it is for all of us to fall into sin.

"So if you think you are standing firm, be careful not fall!" 1 Corinthians 10:12

The crazy thing is, so many are absolutely disgusted by the sins Josh has committed. But what we fail to realize is that the Bible warns us of thinking we are strong. Because when we let down our guard in one area because we think there is not way we will ever be tempted there, it will be so much easier for Satan to sneak in and catch us off guard.

I still love the Duggars, because they are just a normal family. Yeah there is a ton of them, but they make bad decisions and the love each other and they love Jesus. I pray and believe that these revelations aren't the end for the Duggars, but rather just the beginning of an amazing ministry ahead.

What is Paigerific? I’m glad you asked, although I don’t have an exact definition to offer. Paigerific is my thoughts and my heart. Paigerific is my passion and my fear. Paigerific is my success and my failures. Paigerific is my blood, sweat, and tears. Paigerific is more than just simply word. It’s a million different words all rolled into one. Words like hope, grace, determination, imperfection, love, faith, insecurity… The one word I would use to describe myself? I am Paigerific.


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