I don’t usually write about controversial current events, but with all this going around about Josh Duggar lately and the sins he has committed against God and his wife and the rest of his family, it has got me to thinking, and I’ve decided to say just a few things about it.
What Josh did was terrible. The decisions he made were stupid. And with all sensible human thinking, it would seem right for him to face the most dire consequences. We can judge him for his weakness and failure all we want, but… is that really what we ought to be doing?
What would Jesus do?
He said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)
“Wait just a minute,” you might be thinking, “I have not sinned like Josh Duggar has. My sins are nowhere near as bad as his.” To the human mind that may make all the sense in the world. “Surely cheating on a spouse is way worse than those lies I’ve told.” But we need to remember that to God ALL sins are equal– ALL sins are just as bad as another.
In 1 Corinthians 9:-10 Paul says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
If covetousness and reviling and swindling are as bad as fornication and adultery, then we’re probably all guilty. Not probably– we all ARE guilty. If this passage ended here, we’d all be pretty hopeless at this point. But wait–there’s more. Verse 11 adds, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
God gives second chances. Even to the worldly Corinthians, He offered total forgiveness after they repented, turned completely away from their past sinful lives, and were washed of their sins through baptism. They didn’t deserve this second chance, and neither does Josh Duggar, and neither do we.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Notice it says God can cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness; not just lying, not just stealing, not just something hurtful you said, but ALL sins we have committed.
So before harping all over Josh Duggar for his disgraceful actions or anyone else we think is a worse sinner than we are, please, let’s remember that we’ve all messed up, and that we can all repent of our sins and become a new creation through Christ. Remember that “such were some of you… but you were washed.”
“…’He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone…” (John 8:7)
I hope Josh sincerely repents of his sins and turns back to God, for only then can he be forgiven. And I hope that anyone struggling with a sin can have the boldness to say, “No more,” and put it away for good, and forevermore live anew in Christ and serve God in their life.
I’m so glad God can forgive Josh Duggar of all the terrible things he has done, because that means I can be forgiven of all my wrongdoings as well.
Thanks be to God for His mercy and unfailing grace, and thanks be to Jesus for His faithfulness and love. His lovingkindness is everlasting!
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26)