Janet Boynes Says Joshua Duggar’s Fall Is a Teachable Moment for All Christians

Janet Boynes
Janet Boynes

Not too long ago, a few members of the Duggar family from the reality show “19 Kids and Counting” spoke out against homosexual marriage. Many gay activists attacked the show with demands for cancellation. At that time TLC didn’t budge.

On Thursday, May 21st, Reality TV star Joshua Duggar issued an apology after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” The Duggars are known for being devout Christians who do not believe in compromising the gospel. They are all followers Jesus Christ, like the rest of us, they are not perfect, but they follow Him to the best of their ability.

TLC pulled all episodes of the show currently set to air, according to Shannon Llanes, a spokeswoman for the network. The network had already replaced several scheduled repeats of “19 Kids and Counting” with “The Little People.”

Those on CNN and some other networks who promote the secular world view want to blow this out of proportion. Their goal is not so much reporting the news as it is to lift you up or tear you down depending on whether or not you agree with their point of view. We should not fall into their trap and we should not give them this kind of power. They sweep under the rug the sins and failures of those with whom they politically agree while magnifying the transgressions of the Christian community. They do this with a straight face and false indignation. There are gay activists who believe that the Duggars don’t deserve love, respect and grace because they claim they didn’t show love, respect and grace for the gay community when they chose not to support gay marriage.

A question we must ask In Touch Weekly is if they broke the Duggar story as a way to sell more magazines, or possibly with the motive to end the reality show, and have they treated other similar stories in the same manner.

We have all done things in life that we are not proud of, including those in the media i.e.: CNN. We have all done things that can and might come back to bite us. What Joshua did is despicable. I can, from personal experience, imagine what those young girls are going through. We don’t know how this could be impacting their lives at this very moment. Psychologically, this could affect all the victims who were molested by him.

I was molested by my mom’s now deceased husband and by an altar boy at the age of 13. This influenced my desire to never be in a relationship with a man. As a matter of fact, I thought all men molested women and I wanted no part of that. Those who knew me as a kid witnessed how I made most young men pay for what happened to me. I started beating up all my high school male friends; attacking them for what was done to me, because I could not hurt those men who molested me. Could these other girls (now women) be feeling the same way? Could they later have come out with a story against Joshua Duggar as many did with Mr. Bill Cosby? We are hearing of this kind of thing over and over again.

For those of us that claim to be Christians, this is a teachable moment, even for someone like me who was molested at the age of 13. I never wanted to forgive those jerks that molested me. I kept quiet until I was 21 and realized later in life that another family member was molested by the same man and never mentioned it until she was married. See, they could no longer hold inside what had been done to them at a young age. Being molested is not something you can forget, especially because I hear of this kind of thing over and over again. They say you can forgive but can’t forget, and that would be me. My heart goes out to the women that have been put in such a horrible place. It’s one thing to deal with being molested and the not knowing what to do or say, and to make matters worse (as if they could be); it is even more devastating if the one who violated you was your own brother.

I’m sure some of you are asking, how can this be a teachable moment? I was awakened last night, and this issue was all I could think about. I really believe the Lord was showing me something not only because of my own pain pertaining to being molested, but because he wanted me to remain in grace and forgiveness of those who willfully hurt me.

The Lord took my mind back to Moses when he committed murder and then fled to Midian.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Janet Boynes

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