The media is suddenly obsessed with morality. Over the past two weeks I have never seen so many major news outlets pass moral opinions and judgments than now. The news broke two weeks ago that around 13 years ago Josh Duggar inappropriately touched a couple of his younger sisters and a family babysitter back in 2002 and 2003.
We can all agree that what Josh did was inappropriate and sinful. Josh released a statement after this news broke saying he “acted inexcusably” when he was a teen. All Christian leaders have agreed what Josh did was a sin. This is indisputable.
But, oh, how the media has jumped on this issue. Whoopi Goldberg on The View this week referenced the Duggars outspokenness on the transgender issue while discussing the Josh situation and said “you’re not forgiving of people who feel differently than you” asserting that the Duggars aren’t forgiving of transgender people as they mention that God has forgiven their son. Ms. Goldberg is asserting that the Duggars are unforgiving people. Well, Whoopi, can you reference one transgender person who has sought forgiveness from the Duggars and failed to receive it?
Another host on The View, Nicolle Wallace, brought up the Duggar family stance on transgenderism and said it’s fine if you want to show forgiveness to your son, “but then you can’t say that God doesn’t forgive a transgender person.” Ms. Wallace, when has the Duggar family said “God doesn’t forgive a transgender person?” The Duggars have never said God doesn’t forgive transgender people.
MSNBC, CNN, and other major news outlets have weighed in some way morally and some have charged the Duggars with hypocrisy. Since when has the media been so consumed with morality? The media is silent on the sin of homosexuality, they praise Bruce Jenner, yet they bring the hammer down on Josh Duggar for a sin he committed over a decade ago and to which he has sought forgiveness from his sisters and from God. If you’re going to weigh in on moral issues at least do it consistently instead of waiting until the Christian stumbles to take advantage of it.
The fact is, Josh sinned when he was a teen and due to godly council from his parents and mentors, he realized his need for Jesus soon after the mistake. Since Josh has come to confess Jesus as Savior and has sought forgiveness for his sin, he is therefore free from his past. Gods word says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
What is ironic is how most of these news commentators are blasting the Duggars and passing moral judgments when most of them endorse same-sex “marriage” and praise Bruce Jenner. What moral source do you follow that says what Josh did was wrong yet what Bruce Jenner is doing is right? The answer is most of these people are lost and follow their own source of morality, which is ever changing. A person who follows God would say that what Josh did was wrong and what Bruce Jenner did was wrong.
If you want to weigh in on what is right and wrong, how about seeking out the source of ultimate truth, which is God.