A Christian ‘Defense’ Of Josh Duggar

You were probably as shocked as I was to learn earlier this week that Josh Duggar had been accused of child molestation as a teenager. Since this news became public, Josh has resigned as executive director of the Family Research Council.

Josh’s actions as a 14-year-old boy were inexcusable and wrong. Josh knows that. He and his father had gone to the police at the time of the incidents, Josh and his victims received counseling, and Josh admits and accepts the consequences for his actions.

Once again, before we go any further, let us repeat: Josh was wrong.

Josh was also 14 years old. Is there a point where we say, “You messed up. You were a stupid kid. But you corrected your behavior, turned your life around, and we forgive you. Let’s move on?”

Dare I say it? Very few in the mainstream media – very few – talked about Lena Dunham’s documented molestation of her younger sister. Even less called for any type of repercussions for her actions. So it would seem such forgiveness is completely possible in today’s society. Unless, of course, you’re from a Christian conservative family. Christian conservatives aren’t allowed to mess up or make mistakes.

Earlier today, I tweeted this:

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I received many responses along these lines:

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The thing is, you guys, they do. By 17-years-old, 48% of teenagers have had sex. One out of every three teenage girls gets pregnant before the age of 20. And it doesn’t count as consent just because you’re both under 18. Twenty-six and a half percent of 15-19-year-old girls are giving birth to kids – and those are just the ones that aren’t having abortions. And 17% of those births are to unwed mothers who already have at least one other child!

Yes, Josh Duggar was wrong. Stupid, dead wrong. Wrong.

Josh admits his wrong. He’s cleaned up his act.

Is the answer to teenage failure, “OFF WITH THEIR HEAD!” because of something someone did when they were 14-years-old? Kids are stupid. Not all, but most are. Do we not have any grace whatsoever… or is it that pointing at someone else’s sin – especially if it’s someone from a family with *gasp* standards! – makes us feel better about our own?

I also tweeted this today:

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And got lots of this in return:

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Do we not understand what was happening in the “first stone” story? A woman was caught in the very act of adultery – which in Jesus’ culture was justifiably punishable by stoning. Jesus didn’t say, “If you’ve never committed adultery, pelt her now, as hard as you can!” Nope. It was if you’re without sin. Without any sin.

Sin is sin is sin. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. Consequences are a different ball game. Consequences are world’s apart for lying than for murder, for example. Josh Duggar’s sin is most likely different from yours and will have different consequences – which he’s accepting – but let’s not forget that he’s a fallible human being.

I never molested any kids or shot anybody or did drugs, but guess what? I’m still a fallible human being. I’ve made mistakes. I can’t throw that “without sin” stone. Can you? Honestly?

One final thought: Do you want the world to judge you based on your teenage years, or on the person you are today? And if it’s the latter, are you willing to have the same consideration for other people… even if their last name is Duggar?

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Josh Duggar Admits Shocking Truth About His Past, Resigns From Job. Duggar Family Responds…

A 2006 police report obtained by the gossip outlet In Touch revealed that Josh Duggar of TLC’s reality show 19 Kids and Counting allegedly sexually assaulted four of his female siblings and an additional female victim.

Duggar, now 27 and the oldest of his siblings, was 14 at the time. According to the police report, family patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, 49, first learned of his son engaging in this behavior in 2002, when a female victim told him the boy had touched her breasts and genital area on multiple occasions while she was sleeping.

Jim Bob learned of other incidents. At the advice of his church elders, Josh’s parents sent him away for three months in 2003 to work for and be mentored by a family friend.

Jim Bob addressed the issued with an Arkansas state trooper in 2003, who then explained to Josh what could happen to him if he continued down his current path.

The local police were made aware of these incidents a few years later in 2006 through a family acquaintance, and multiple family members were brought in for questioning.

Image Credit: Instagram/joshduggar

Image Credit: Instagram/joshduggar

No other incidents happened after Josh’s return to the family in 2003, the Duggars told local police. No charges were filed. The Duggars arranged for their son and the victims to have counseling.

In a statement to People magazine, Josh admitted his wrongdoing:

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.

Following the revelation of his wrongdoing, Josh decided to resign from his position at the Family Research Council. The FRC issued a short statement from the organization’s president, Tony Perkins:

Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years.

Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time.  We will be praying for everyone involved.

Jim Bob and Josh’s mother, Michelle, 48, issued a joint statement, which reads in part:

Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey – the good times and the difficult times – cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.

Josh’s wife Anna, 26, said he had told her and her parents two years before he proposed marriage of his “past teenage mistakes.” The two have been married since 2008 and have three children together–and are expecting their fourth in July.

Image Credit: Instagram/joshduggar

Image Credit: Instagram/joshduggar

Anna expressed confidence in him and what he told her about the counseling he received at the time, which he said changed his life. In a statement, she said, “[I know] who Josh really is – someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right.”

Josh expressed his faith in God’s redemptive power, as well. “I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”

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Boy Scouts President Just Made Stunning Move Regarding Gay Scout Leaders

Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates ruffled more than a few feathers this week with a recommendation he made at the organization’s annual national meeting. The BSA’s longstanding ban on homosexual scout leaders, he said, is a policy in need of revision.

Citing a cultural shift in how gays are viewed in America – along with legal challenges against the right of Christians to speak out against homosexuality – Gates explained that it is only a matter of time before the Boy Scouts are taken to court because of its perceived discrimination against gays.

“If we wait for the courts to act,” he cautioned, “we could end up with a broad ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard.”

Instead, Gates recommended a proactive policy allowing individual troops to set their own policies.

“Such an approach,” he explained, “would allow all churches, which sponsor some 70 percent of our Scout units, to establish leadership standards consistent with their faith. We must, at all costs, preserve the religious freedom of our church partners to do this.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors more Boy Scout troops than any other faith, has already responded to the new proposal. In a statement released this week, the church did not lay out any concrete plans, instead stating that if Gates is correct in his assurance that local groups may establish their own standards, “then the church is not likely to be affected.”

Gates’ recommendation was not the first controversial stance the BSA has taken regarding homosexuality. As Western Journalism reported in 2013, the organization lost support among some churches following its decision to allow homosexuals to become scouts.

Will allowing gay scout leaders further alienate the Boy Scouts from its faith-based supporters? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Trump Just Made 1 Major Promise To Christians Worldwide If He Becomes President

Donald Trump said he was “very proud” of his Presbyterian faith and contended that if he decided to run and ultimately be elected president, he would be the “greatest representative” Christians have seen “in a long time.”

“As you know, I’m protestant, I’m Presbyterian. Most people don’t know that. They have no idea. And I’m proud of it. I’m very proud of it,” Trump told David Brody of CBN News last weekend.

One of the things I learned this weekend being in Iowa, I met with a lot of national security experts and everything else, that if you’re a Christian living in Syria, you can’t come into this country. And yet, if you are a Muslim living in Syria, who are not under attack, they can come in.

Trump was referring to recent reports that Christians have been trying to flee the Middle East for the U.S. unsuccessfully.

Sister Diana Momeka, an Iraqi nun, was denied a visa by the U.S. consulate in Erbil to come to the United States last month because she did not have “ties that will compel you to return to your home country after your travel to the United States,” according to The Blaze. But the decision was overturned, and Momeka visited.

“The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians,” Trump added. “Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.”

Trump has flirted with a possible presidential run for months. He announced in March that he formed a presidential exploratory committee, the first time he has ever done so.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) the week before, the real estate mogul told Western Journalism that “the country needs help.”

It’s in such trouble. It is in such a mess. We have a leader that doesn’t know how to lead and he doesn’t have the right ideas. And I think he’s got his own ideas, either that or he’s totally incompetent. And we have a country that needs help and it needs help quickly and badly.

h/t: The Blaze

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John McCain: Lap Dog Of Barack Obama, The Saudi Royals — Or Both

Senator Rand Paul, at one of his many campaign stops for his presidential run, referred to Senator John McCain as a “lap dog” to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Many believe the proper description of Senator McCain’s relationship to Barack Obama should have been “yelping lap dog.” When Obama bows to Saudi royalty, Senator McCain is there to hold his hand.

On January 27th of this year, Senator McCain dutifully traveled with President Obama to Saudi Arabia to pay his respects to the newest Sunni despot, King Salman. McCain brought support for President Obama’s homage to the new despot in the form of two former Secretaries of State who served in Republican administrations, James A. Baker III and Condoleezza Rice.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined with Senator McCain and President Obama and other high American officials in the rather feudal ceremony of celebrating the lordship of the new King of Saudi Arabia, who apparently outranks all other world leaders. (Vice President Joe Biden showed up to slobber over the King a week later.)

Standing by President Obama on his pilgrimage to show reverence for King Salman was not enough; the yelping lap dog keeps pressing President Obama to be even more faithful to the wishes of the Sunni King. In Iran, for example, Senator McCain wants the military strikes favored by Saudi Arabia, regardless of the cost in American lives or the resulting chaos and war in the Middle East. Iran has a population of nearly 80 million, and cannot be so easily defeated or toppled as was the government of Yemen in the “Arab Spring” at the request of King Abdullah.

McCain has also done some yelping about Syria, arguing that President Obama has not moved fast enough to follow the wishes of the Saudi royals in toppling the secular government there. McCain wanted American airstrikes in Syria, and ground forces if needed, to bring the Sunni rebels to power.

McCain went beyond backing President Obama’s efforts to overthrow secular governments in the Middle East and replace them with Sunni puppet governments favored by the Saudi royals. He actually entered Syria illegally, with the help of President Erdogan of Turkey, to foster violence and revolution. While there, he proudly posed for photos with terrorists wanted for crimes in Lebanon.

John McCain just doesn’t get it. The United States doesn’t have the money or the military strength to actually occupy every nation in the world who has a leader who is regionally problematic.  Syria was not a threat to the United States or to a single American citizen, and still isn’t. Gaddafi in Libya had become an ally of the United States; but thanks to the McCain/Obama intervention in that nation, the place is in chaos and is an exporter of terrorists who are a real threat.

The beheadings of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians on the beaches of Libya are a direct result of the McCain/Obama Middle East policies. The Christians who lived in Libya would still be safe in their homes had it not been for Senator John McCain’s demands to murder Gaddafi and hand over control of the government to al-Qaeda linked rebels. And in Syria, tens of thousands of Christians whose families have ancestry back to the time of the Apostles of Jesus have been forced to flee their homes. Currently, mortars are being supplied to the rebels who are firing on Christian churches in Damascus, the roots of which run back to the time of the Apostle Paul.

This April, Senator John McCain announced that he will run for a sixth term in the Senate. He was first elected to the House in 1982 and then to the Senate in 1986. He was sworn in to the Senate in January 1987. As of 2015, he has been on Capitol Hill a total of thirty-two years.

During that time, McCain has been the leading hawk on Capitol Hill, voting for every military intervention anywhere, regardless of who the president was at the time. He sided with President Bill Clinton in bombing Christian Serbia back to the dark ages to protect Muslim extremists, and he endorsed President Obama’s drone campaign that has killed hundreds of innocent civilians in four different nations. He even endorsed the killing of American citizens abroad with no trial, even if they are not armed, should a president consider them a threat.

Senator McCain has on numerous occasions supported the overthrow of the governments of sovereign nations, even those with democratically elected governments. McCain traveled to Kiev in 2014 and led a rally of Ukrainian nationalists in Independence Square calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government of that nation. With the support of Senator McCain, President Obama, and CIA funding, the democratically elected government in Ukraine did fall, causing the intervention of Russia to protect its own naval assets in the Crimea. McCain’s influence as a powerful Senator sitting in the corner of President Obama has brought Russia and the United States back into a Cold War relationship. Had he been elected, we may well have found ourselves in a hot, rather than cold, war with Russia.

Last year, I attended a GOP fundraising event near Capitol Hill that included two congressmen. The subject of Senator McCain came up, and someone present said: “We can fix the damage done by Obama; just thank God that John McCain was not elected president because we can’t fix what is left after a nuclear war.” Virtually everyone in the room said “Amen” simultaneously.

Sadly, Senator McCain does not realize how much practically everyone on Capitol Hill, except Senator Lindsey Graham, dislikes him. Because of his long captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and the torture he endured there, he is treated with respect even by those who can’t stand to be in the same room with him. McCain takes this to mean that everyone agrees with him, even with his angry rants which echo down the halls of Congress on a regular basis.

I am no psychologist, but I have a sense that the torture and isolation McCain endured while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam has much to do with his violent tendencies and eagerness to take military action just about everywhere in the world, for what he believes is even the slightest affront to our nation.

We live in a competitive capitalist world. Attempting to isolate and economically punish competitors we disagree with politically only hurts us. Dozens of American companies have been devastated financially by the “sanctions” on Russia, which only temporarily affected that nation because it is the seventh largest economy in the world. Every nation in Central and South America, as well as Africa and Asia, ignored the American and European “sanctions.” The Russian ruble took a dive last year, but has risen 35% so far this year. What exactly was gained for Americans? The CIA plan so loved by John McCain to take over Russia’s only warm water port failed, and now nuclear-equipped bombers are stationed in the Crimea instead of antiquated naval vessels. Meanwhile, the economy of the Ukraine has been destroyed.

The 1960’s are over. It was easy for the CIA to overthrow leftist governments in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile back then; but that strategy just hasn’t worked well recently in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, or Libya. The world is more complex, and men such as McCain who can only think in terms of black and white are not an asset.

Just as the 1960’s are over, it is time for John McCain’s political career to be over. There is just no place in the Senate for a Republican, bellicose, ‘war is always the answer’, yelping lapdog for the Saudi royals and Barack Obama. John McCain needs to be sitting in front of a TV in a room with pastel walls in Arizona, not on Fox News promoting world disorder.

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