In early June, I had intended to write a follow-up post to my first thoughts on the Josh Duggar scandal. Time has passed, and, regrettably, his name came up in the news once more.
I will say, as a disclaimer, that no person can know the true condition of his heart. It is possible that Josh Duggar is a Christian-in-name-only and has never really come to know Christ as Savior. Or, he is a believer, but in deep sin. That is not the point of this post.
What I have noticed the most, are his critics. So many on social media delighting in seeing him fall. There are the ones who seem to think that a Duggar falling means that the Bible isn’t true (it doesn’t mean that). But my concern is with the condemning people.
Some have mocked what we as Christians hold dear: Amazing grace. I’ve read thoughts that basically say: Well, he’ll just be forgiven. God will take him back no matter what he’s done.
And I think: Yes, that’s true, if he asks for forgiveness, God will forgive him. Forgiving those who commit adultery is nothing new for our Lord. We see in 2 Samuel how David responded when caught in adultery. He repented after the prophet Nathan confronted his sin.
We as Christians know we have nothing righteous to bring to God. We have nothing good to offer, only righteousness from our Savior, Jesus.
Let us pray, then, that we not end up like those criticizing Josh Duggar. While I understand there are political issues at play there also, I take exception to the mocking of grace. We all should.
Yes, a person truly can commit adultery and be reconciled with their Savior. They can do so, and be reconciled with their spouse in some circumstances!
This is grace, particularly in relation to God. As Ephesians 2:8-9 says, it’s by grace, not works. By faith, so that no one can boast. The humbling fact for us is, we are recipients of grace, and we cannot chose what the dispenser of grace, God, does with His grace to others.
So, to close today, think about the parable of the Prodigal Son. The younger son in the story was welcomed home, and forgiven by his father, despite everything he had done wrong. Famously, the older son was bitter at his father’s forgiveness. He didn’t like it. However, it gives us pause. Are we being the older son?
Now, for this specific Duggar case I have no idea. Maybe he will repent, maybe he will not repent. But if he does, we should leave that between him and God, and not be the older brothers from the Prodigal Son in this situation.
Until next time, in Christ,