I have a confession to make. I am a Duggar fan. I have been since 14 Kids and Counting. When you are the youngest of 10, any family larger than yours intrigues you. This family had more than numbers though. It also had and still has a faith that has gotten them through the loss of Jim Bob’s dad, Josie’s premature birth and the miscarriage of Jubilee.
When the scandal broke, I was shocked. Not by Josh’s actions 12 years ago at 14 but by the way grown ups acted in 2015. That any paper would deliberately dig into a someone’s past as a minor and print the ages of underage victims floored me. I was additionally flabbergasted that fan groups I was a part of would have members turn on the family. The name calling that took place by some so-called Christians amazed me.
Folks took to writing vile comments on every Duggar family members’ walls. TLC was bombarded with hate. Fake fan groups started popping up on Facebook. Of course they were carefully concealing themselves. They would appear as friendly in a search but if you started looking at posts and photos you would see memes that would make you cry.
Then there are the groups which posts stories from news aggregates. That is a fancy name for online gossip rags. These groups draw in the big numbers of likes and use them to posts their stories. One of those groups was the first one to post a story on Daniel Keller’s Instagram conversation on Jessa Seewald’s account. If you did not hear about it yet Anna’s brother was urging her to leave Josh.
I understand his anger but social media is not the place to voice displeasure with a family member. Of course he was encouraged by haters all joining in on what they thought Anna should do. Those folks must never have made a mistake. They also have forgotten marriage is between a man and woman. There is vow about no man putting it asunder.
At the time this happened my mind drifted back to Kathy Lee Gifford and how she forgave her husband Frank many years ago for adultery. I do not remember the large outcry then. Frank Gifford recently passed and I never saw one word of his past indiscretion mentioned. Why was Kathy allowed to forgive and Anna is called horrible names for allowing God to rebuild what He put together in the first place?
Now fans have been given good news. We will get to see Jessa and Ben Seewald’s baby preparation and the birth of the next GrandDuggar. We will also get to see Jill Dillard, Derick Dillard and little Israel’s journey through life for a few episodes. Haters are hating again. They are trying to keep God’s children down. You can write a million letters to sponsors but God is still in control.
You are also “accountable for every word that comes out of your mouth.” In today’s language I think words that you type and post are counted against you as well. Folks have forgotten how to hold their thoughts captive. They just click away and let everyone know what is on their mind. I so appreciate the way the Duggar Daughters and their spouses have handled these trials. I pray blessings on them and on TLC for broadcasting these episodes.
I also want to close with a reminder that these are real people. This is not a scripted show of fictional characters. They are living breathing people with feelings. Think before you type and if you can not say something nice say nothing. God bless you all.