Josh Duggar and Jesus in the Room

May 27, 2015 — 1 Comment

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Sometimes the hardest part of being a follower of Christ is learning to live among His followers. This is particularly true, when a fellow Christian is exposed for some kind of sin. But what if we put Jesus in the room? I mean, literally, in the room. How should we react and what side should we stand on?

Last week, Josh Duggar and the Duggar family was a trending story. This post is not going to rehash their painful family history. I don’t need to tell you what has already infiltrated almost every blog and news site.

Their story deals with a very painful subject- sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse of any kind is awful. It is sin that robs the victim and the culprit. I have seen sexual abuse rob so many of their freedom, both in their physical and spiritual lives.

But I have also seen the power of God’s forgiveness for the most ugly, heinous sins and I’ve watched people live out in freedom. A freedom that could only be attributed to the power of Christ.

As I was reading blog posts and news articles about the Duggar story, I witnessed the part of Christianity that makes me ashamed to live among His followers. The opinions, judgements, hatefulness, and metaphorically “casting stones” when we really don’t know their story.

But what if we put Jesus in the room?

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is from Luke, chapter 7. Jesus was invited to eat dinner by a Pharisee named Simon. I imagine there were many people at this dinner. A woman enters the house and right away everyone knows who she is. Let’s just say, she is not the most respectable member of their society. Her sexual sins have been exposed and probably numerous times.

The woman does a remarkable thing. She washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair, and then pours perfume on them.

The Pharisee questions the very truth of who Jesus is because He is letting this woman touch Him- a sinner. Gasp!!

Jesus then does what He does best. He calls out the hypocrisy of the Pharisee and lovingly forgives the woman of her sins. “Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:47)

As I read this story and imagine this woman being put in the spotlight and ridiculed for all her sins, I imagine myself in the room. All these people are taking sides. There’s the Pharisee with his righteous indignation, perhaps some of Jesus’ disciples who are worried about Jesus’ reputation, and maybe there are those who are just watching and waiting to see what it means to be a follower of Christ. Where do I stand when sin like this is exposed?

What I really want to do is shout out loud, “JESUS IS IN THE ROOM!”

Sometimes as Christians we are so busy taking sides and making judgment calls that we forget Jesus in the room. We forget that we need to be like that woman; bending down at the feet of Christ and loving Him because He too, forgives our sins.

The Duggar story is reminder of what it means to be a Christian and how we are to respond as a community of believers.

I don’t want to be that kind of Christian who is so preoccupied with the sins of others that I forget Jesus in the room. I belong at His feet, washing them with my own tears right next to that woman. As followers of Christ, we need to forgive more to love more because none of us are worthy when Jesus is in the room.

One response to Josh Duggar and Jesus in the Room

  1. 

    Good response Julie. My 33+ years of counseling has taught me that somewhere in the adolescent and early teen years there is often experimentation that goes on. Quite honestly mostly manipulative on one persons part, and hopefully short lived.

    That seems to be the case with the Duggar family. What he did was clearly wrong, but I suspect if a huge screen were to pop up large numbers would be seen as guilty of equal or greater offenses.

    From my understanding the family dealt with it, and got all parties help, and it wasn’t repeated, hence there was change.

    To me right now it is more the hypocritical left, leading the charge and as you stated so well a fair number of Christians chiming in. I am always reminded personally of the servant who owed the master a great sum, couldn’t pay it and was forgiven, but who then chose to beat another servant for a much lesser debt.

    God help us who see a brother or sister taken in a fault to restore them, remembering our own human frailty. The case study with Jesus and the woman taken in adultery is that she went and sinned no more. That seems to be the case here.

    My heart now breaks for the family who did deal with it right, who got help for all, and the girls who must now walk back through the whole mess again, just so someone else, believer or non can feel better about themselves.

    I will take the advice of Christ, let the one with no sin cast the first stone. Thanks for a great article and sound truth.

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