Nearly one year ago, revelations of Josh Duggar fondling his younger sisters were everywhere. His actions happened more than 12 years before while Josh was a child. It was and, I’m sure, still is a nightmare for the larger Duggar family and for Josh, his wife and children.
Also it continues to be a nightmare for those harmed by Josh Duggar’s past actions. The victims of his behavior shouldn’t be forgotten in all of this. Unfortunately, this type of thing is all too common. Victims of sexual abuse often suffer greatly for many years as a result of these sins committed against them. We mustn’t downplay the gravity of the confusion and pain they produce, sometimes for a lifetime, and earnestly be in prayer for them. The actions Josh committed were horrendous, even criminal, and as we can see, it is damaging his reputation even years later.
But (and it is a big BUT), as a sinner saved by God’s mercy and grace, I did not join the chorus of people crying out against Josh Duggar. Hopefully, his sins have been put behind him, and they shouldn’t define him now any more than something you, dear reader, did 12 years ago, either. When I was in college, I lived a life of blatant sin, even doing illegal things during the anti-establishment era of the 1970s.
I know I’m just another voice in a discussion like this, but I speak up because I too have a horrible past.