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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Thursday Numbers

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. – Lyndon B. Johnson

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm and sometimes I am actually serious.

This week’s topics include Greg Gianforte, unemployment, .Gov .Mil & AshleyMadison.com, Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over, DoD funding, Jared Fogle & Subway, traffic deaths, Josh Duggar, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)

If you use social media very much then you probably saw that this past week the trending topic has been the Duggar family, especially the oldest son Josh Duggar.

In case you don’t know the Duggar family, they are on the television station TLC and the reality show “19 Kids and Counting” is about their lives. USA Today reported the following:

The family has now been thrust into further public spotlight with news that the oldest Duggar son, Josh, 27, admitted to having molested five girls when he was a teenager.

On the Duggar Family Official Facebook page Josh Duggar had this to say:

Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.

In my life I have seen many people who proclaim to be Christians fail. I have failed in my walk with God on several occasions. Some of these Christians were in the public spotlight when they made a bad mistake or sinned. For these people, it’s no longer a little family secret, it’s all over the news and with today’s social media it will always be there for people to see. Some people I respected and admired made terrible mistakes, and it hurt me personally to see them go down the wrong path.

When that happens, many Christians will pray for this person, like many have for Josh Duggar and his family.

It’s very important to pray for the victims who were molested, too. The victims should be front and center of our thoughts and prayers.

Non-Christians will attack Christians when they fail. To be honest, some Christians do act as though they are sitting on a lofty perch looking down on the world. These “holier than thou” Christians act as though they are more pure than most people.

When they fall, there’s just a bigger thud.

It’s very hard for non-Christians to understand the relationship Christians have with God. We disappoint God often, but he still loves us. Many Christians believe in the saying, “I am not perfect, just forgiven.” That does not mean that a person who commits a crime will not have to suffer the consequences from the authorities here on earth.

The events surrounding Josh Duggar’s actions and what happened when the authorities were contacted are kind of cloudy. I’m not sure they handled it well. I was happy to hear that those affected by his actions received counseling.

So today let’s pray for the victims and all those affected by his actions.

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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Caught My Eye…

WARNING: Buckle up!

Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day, Lee Newspapers State Bureau, Veterans Affairs Appropriations, Patriot Act – The Big Picture, Top 10 Candidates, Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show. There’s a lot more so read on!

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