Josh Duggar – An Updated Case Study on What We Can Learn
- Posted on August 22, 2015
- by Rob Jackson
- in Christian faith and practice, Christian witness to the culture, culture, family life, leadership, marriage, news - national, parenting, recovery, sexuality
I’m sad to report that Josh Duggar is in the news again. Only three months ago we learned that he had molested five girls as a teenager. This week we learned that as a married man, Josh not only continued in sexual sin and addiction, but committed adultery also.
When the original story broke I wrote a case study where I explored what we as a Christian community can learn. Today, I’m offering an updated case study to include an additional ten points. I plan to blog about each point over the next several days.
Five Things the Christian Community Needs to Stop
- Stop underestimating the power of sexual sin, and how it can become an addiction.
- Stop underestimating the advantage temptation is gaining with new technologies.
- Stop underestimating the fallout of dysfunctional family dynamics.
- Stop underestimating the harm of religious fundamentalism.
- Stop underestimating the harm of acceptance and apathy in the Christian community.
Five Things the Christian Community Needs to Start
- Start evaluating our vulnerability to sexual sin, addictions, and other moral failings.
- Start decreasing our exposure to the social and sexual contagions of our time.
- Start implementing boundaries and consequences consistent with the Bible.
- Start training Christian leaders to minister more effectively to men, women, youth, and children caught in the tangle of sexual sins.
- Start training Christian parents to educate their children about God’s plan for human sexuality.
In closing, I feel it’s only appropriate to express my sorrow over this latest revelation about Josh Duggar. Josh is a talented young man who claims to be “the biggest hypocrite ever.” The truth is, he’s not the biggest, the first, or the worst hypocrite. He is, however, another soul who is experiencing the destruction of living a double-life. Josh’s duplicity devastates his wife and children, the extended Duggar family, and their fanbase. Most disturbing of all, we have another Christian who has tarnished our collective witness to a world that already disregards the good news of Christ.
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