I am a huge fan of the Dugger family and their reality TV program, “19 Kids and Counting.” I appreciate the way they live out their faith. Imagine my shock at this week’s news about oldest son, Josh, who has his own family and works on the staff of the Family Research Council. It has been revealed that at the age of 15 Josh admitted to inappropriately touching younger girls. He and his “victims” received counseling, but no charges were ever filed. Josh has publicly apologized and resigned from the FRC.
As a Christian, my heart goes out to this family and I am praying for God’s will to be done in and through this painful time.
I can’t help but feel this is all part of Satan’s attack on the witness of this family, begun with Josh’s temptation as a young teen. The Duggars have never claimed to be a perfect family. Living their faith so publicly has made them targets for all sorts of abuse, but this is perhaps the most difficult.
Enemies of Christianity are rejoicing today as they fling all manner of vilification upon this family.
Christians have a responsibility to deal with compassion with our fellow believers, especially when one of our own has stumbled. Who among us would like to have our own past sins displayed to the world years after our confession, repentance and forgiveness?
Please join me in praying for the Duggars and all believers on the front lines of today’s culture wars and spiritual battles