A Note to the Supporters of Josh Duggar…

For those of you who are coming out in support of Josh Duggar — that is, forgiving what he has done and accepting his very public repentance — and yet still base your opposition to homosexuality on texts in Leviticus, just remember this:

You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home. (Leviticus 18:9 ESV)

And this:

If a man takes his sister, a daughter of his father or a daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people. He has uncovered his sister’s nakedness, and he shall bear his iniquity. (Leviticus 20:17 ESV)

I await Josh Duggar’s expulsion and exile. I await the young women’s punishment as well. There is no statute of limitations here. And if we take Leviticus seriously, forgiveness is not an option.

2 thoughts on “A Note to the Supporters of Josh Duggar…

  1. Or is God working through Josh Duggar to bring forth a prophet of Israel? (Not quite serious nor joking here.)

    My wife has been a fan of the show, in spite of her distaste for Evangelical Christianity. Her interest was originally due to her experience in past decades as an assistant midwife and a strong proponent of home birth (though certainly not against prenatal medical care nor hospital backup, and serious about factors which would indicate a hospital birth; younger people wouldn’t recall the imperiousness of obstetricians that she was opposing, the degree to which birth was treated, in itself like invasive surgery, not a natural bodily function affecting the psyche of mother and child and their bonding, nor the coldness which went with the sterility of many old-fashioned hospitals. [The radical change of hospital garments from all-white to multi-colored signified a great psychological transformation.] It was widely believed that newborn infants were ‘blank-slates’ not yet capable of traumatic subjective experience. The idea of a husband in a supporting role beside his wife during a delivery was unthinkable to most medical professionals even into the 1970s.)

    According to my wife, the relevant statue of limitations has expired in Arkansas, if not in Leviticus. Josh Duggar confessed to his parents what he did when he was 15 not long after having done it. They consulted their church for guidance, where the issue was publicly judged. Police investigated but brought no charges. Josh also discussed the whole matter years later with his wife-to-be and her parents even before their engagement.

    I should also say that we have personal knowledge of what it is like when this sort of thing happens in a family, and the difference full repentance makes and the difference between cases where all participants are under age, and cases where one is an adult or a parent.

    This is not to make a judgment myself on this particular case, since I have not personally looked into all available details. In any case, people who participate in reality shows should realize that they are at risk of just what is happening now. The public loves to dole out 15 minutes of disgrace to follow every 15 minutes of fame. The very first reality show, a cinema verite documentary project on an affluent American family (in California, I think) practically destroyed the family in question.

    BTW, I have been intending to make a substantial comment on your “Benedict Option” posting a little while back, but I’ve been both busy and tired, and haven’t even read all the posts in between yet.

  2. And of course I DID mean to say STATUE of limitations. That’s the blind-folded lady holding the scales of justice, isn’t it?

    Just before this Duggar-gate controversy broke in the media, I had been thinking that, with 19 kids, there was a reasonable chance at least one of them would turn out to be gay. Perhaps some of the people applauding the show’s cancellation now might want to petition to get it back on the air, just to be able to see that drama play out.

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