While discussing the current Duggar family situation with a friend last night, some very interesting points came up.
My concern over the situation is not at all about Josh’s alleged sin, as that in itself has two elements.. One is that it’s not even our business, and two, if he has gone before The Lord, repented and asked for forgiveness, than his slate is wiped clean. Seeing as we’re not his judge, than none of us are in a position to make judgemental comments, or assumptions of what he has or hasn’t done in order to heal himself and his victims from this. As we all know very keenly, while our sins are wiped away, the consequences of them are not.. so I have no doubt that the family is in a world of pain right now and for that reason, I continue to uphold them in prayer.
So, onto the points brought up last night… While Josh, as a 14yr old boy, was certainly old enough to know right from wrong, he wasn’t old enough (or even in a position to) make the decision as to whether it was best to stay in front of cameras with their family life broadcasted all over America. So, there is a lot to the thought that a very big responsibility falls on the parents as to whether they made the best decision moving forward after these events. As with Josh, the same ‘rules’ apply… we are not their judge, so whatever decision they made is not our business, but the questions is… Is it bringing Glory to God to have this TV show running at all?
That’s a pretty big question right? It really got me thinking about TV shows, Big-name evangelists etc etc. There is, or course, the Bates family who are extremely similar to the Duggars, having 19 kids etc.. starting to have their older children marry and have children etc etc. I LOVE their show as it’s great to see a family, to the best of their ability, upholding Godly standards in every aspect of their lives… but once again, is the show God honouring? This is actually a question I am asking myself… I in no way have the answers. They would, as the Duggars would, gain financially by having their lives filmed & aired on TV. Is this wrong for them to be doing this? Christians are allowed to make money right? Are there limits?
It’s a tricky one for me as I do love watching them. It’s pretty easy to look at a show like ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ and decide straight away that it is in NO WAY God honouring.. quite the opposite in fact… also shows like ‘My 5 wives’, ‘Sex sent me to the ED’ and others basically scream favoured shows of the enemy.. but it is easy to look at a show like ’19 kids & Counting’, or ‘Bringing up Bates’ and think that they are witnessing to so many by being on the TV and reaching so many around America, and in fact the world.
While people like Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore, Rick Warren, etc etc are extremely easy to listen to, so are therefore huge draw-cards for conferences etc, (I’m guilty of this myself as I do particularly like Beth Moore and went to Colour conference solely because she was going to be speaking there).
The question is, who is the draw-card really at these big events ? It should be our Heavenly Father, but in reality, is it? I know this is a very tricky question and I’m sure people would come forward with the argument that these people are very good at articulating God’s word, pulling a particular bible passage apart, or generally keeping a crowd focused… but is it GOD HONOURING ?? Jesus did not have the internet, or Facebook to alert people of his next destination or speaking event. He was hated more than He was loved, and yet whether you are a believer or not, Jesus is the most famous person in History… (hence why it’s called HIS-STORY)
Don’t get me wrong, I certainly think people are gifted speakers and are able to explain a particular part of the bible perhaps better than others, but how careful do we need to be that that person doesn’t become the one glorified? I’m not wanting to speak negatively of anyone in order to put this topic out there, but I think some speakers certainly show a lot more humility than others. For example, Frances Chan, Priscilla Shirer & indeed Beth Moore do jump out at me as three that go out of their way at the beginning of each speaking engagement to give all glory to God for the meeting and also stress that it is not them, but God speaking THROUGH them, using them as a vessel, to reach all those under the sound of their voice. I must say that JM does not show humility at times when often she will pat herself on the back (literally) and openly say she is preaching fantastically that particular time. Nearly every time she’s right, she IS preaching fantastically … but she can’t take any credit for that…. it ALL needs to go to God.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Once again, this is not a judgemental thing, but a way to put this topic forward and see what you all think? There is of course plenty of logic to the fact that the internet allows so much reach around the world … but logic also tells us that if there were enough ‘Jesus with skin on’ people around the world, covering our own circles of influence, would not the whole world be reached also?
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Psalm 96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Excuse me if I’m over-simplifying, but these passages were written a very long time before the internet. I don’t believe God meant to wait until the age of the internet in order for these verses to become reality.
I personally LOVED going to Colour Conference last year.. great speakers, fantastic worship times.. but if I’m honest, I loved it because it was like going to a concert non-stop for 3days. While I certainly experienced the presence of God while there, in all honesty, I also experience His presence in a profound way when worshipping in my lounge room.
I’d love your thoughts peeps !! xox