The Sunday Message

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… – Romans 3:23 (NIV)

For many people seeing or hearing about someone who is a leader of a church or a group that promotes a Christian cause getting caught doing the opposite of what they are promoting is just pretty darn satisfying.

Face it, we kind of like to see those who we feel act holier-than-thou or promote being good fall flat on their face once in awhile.

Recently, a perfect example of that is Josh Duggar. Duggar was part of the “19 Kids and Counting” television show. First it was discovered that when he was a teenager he molested girls some who were his sisters. When the information became public, Duggar was executive with the Family Research Council (FRC). According to their website, the mission of the FRC is to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. He quickly resigned from the position at FRC.

The publicity kind of died until some hackers got into a website called Ashley Madison which is a place for people to go who are seeking to have extramarital affairs. The hackers found Josh Duggar’s credit card information and subscriptions.

Duggar quickly admitted to it and the family issued a statement, followed by one from Josh who in part said this:

I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife. 

Yes Josh, you have been a hypocrite. Probably not the biggest one ever, though. It’s really hard to care for people like Josh Duggar. While promoting family values and other Christian causes, they should have been walking the walk. They hurt the cause. They are an embarrassment to Christians.

Many Christians believe that they are not perfect and that they commit sins every day. They also believe that once they prayed and asked Jesus to come into their lives and forgive them of their sins, they are forgiven for past sins and future sins. If you want to learn how to have a relationship with God click HERE.

Being forgiven by Jesus for your sins does not mean that you don’t have to face the consequences for these sins from your loved ones, your bosses, or even from law enforcement.

Some of those sins are publicized and sometimes living a public life means you get to see your name and those of the people you love plastered on the internet, on television, and in the news.

Non-Christians have a hard time understanding the Christian life. I am a Christian and I admit that I have hard time understanding it, too. So I read the “rule book” a lot (also called the Bible).

I don’t know what the future holds for Duggar. Hopefully this is rock bottom and he can start rebuilding the trust he has lost with his family. I pray for those he has harmed – like his wife and children. I also pray that he comes to find the real meaning of being a Christian, a husband, and a father.

When they kept on questioning him, he (Jesus) straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”John 8:7 (NIV)

 

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