Imperfect Citizens of the Kingdom

The Duggar Family - "19 and Counting"

The Duggar Family – “19 and Counting”

The news the past week was more about social issues inside our nation that what’s happening outside. Bruce Jenner became “Caitlyn,” and allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against a former (and very well-liked) Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. And probably the nosiest news of all was the sexual deviancy of Joshua Duggar–oldest son of the Duggar family, famous for reality TV show “19 and Counting.”

When Joshua Duggar was 14, he molested his sisters and a friend. The matter was submitted to the authorities and he underwent counseling and repented for the evil. The media got hold of the information, and the fallout has been difficult to watch. As followers of Christ, we can judge that Joshua did what is required: he confessed the evil and repented. He has been forgiven by God and his victims. What more is there to do?

The outcry is for the cancellation of the show and the public shaming is loud and indignant. Most of what I have seen reflects the idea that the Duggars are hypocrites. Yes, they have failed to live up to the ideal of perfection. Who hasn’t? Where did our society get the idea that a decision to follow Christ equals a perfect path? God gives us space to grow up, and that means we will fail. The only question is: Will we deal with it and then keep pursuing righteousness?

Maybe our prayer this week should be, “God, help me be honest with myself and others.” Not that we should go around bragging about our personal failures! But when we’re wrong, we need to admit it. When we hurt someone, we need to take responsibility and repent. People are watching us–many hoping we’ll screw up, giving them an excuse to continue in their unrighteousness. What will we to do with the spotlight? Will we pretend that we’re sinless, or will we be honest? The message of the gospel is perfect, but the believers of the gospel are not. Lord, help us to take responsibility when we fail, care for those we hurt, and trust You to pick us up.

(Pro 24:16) For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.

(Psa 145:14) The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

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