Ben Seewald’s Dad Slams Josh Duggar, Calls Him A Hypocrite (Which He Is)
It seems as though Josh Duggar is less than popular among his extended family members these days. Michael Seewald, Jessa Duggar’s father-in-law, wrote a seething blog post decrying Josh as a ginormous hypocrite, and, interestingly accusing him of taking the lord’s name in vain.
It distresses me to say that Josh Duggar’s greatest sin is a byproduct of the sum total of his secretly sinful lifestyle. That is, that by his hypocrisy, he blasphemed the name of God. He claimed to be a Christian, but by his deeds he has suggested otherwise. With the name of God on his lips he lived a covert and extensive lifestyle of evil. While proudly saying things like, “Our family is like the epitome of conservative values”, he was looking at porn and soliciting affairs. He took a job at the Family Research Council that exists to promote the traditional family, all the while undermining his own family by violating his marriage covenant. He flourished in the fame of his family and the success of their television show, all the while betraying their trust and Christian values. The thing that is so hurtful is that he was a loud voice endorsing Christian ethics and he has been shown to be a fraud. I am profoundly grieved that he attained such a platform only to bring shame on God’s holy name and the Christian faith. After hearing of Josh’s scandal when he was a teenager, I publicly stated that Josh appeared to be a changed man, was walking above reproach, and living out the faith that he professed. I stood in solidarity, encouraging him to use the scandal to build humility and grace. Sadly, he had deceived us all. The name of God has been blasphemed and God is jealous for his name.
While I’m kind of glad that Duggar’s extended family is taking him to task on this – and good on Michael Seewald for pointing out the traditional marriage thing – I still feel like these people are not really learning the lesson they need to learn here. Holding anyone up as a paragon of sinless-ness is probably not going to ever work out well. It’s like Richard Cory – you just never know what is going on with people in their inner lives.
I wish that they could all learn that maybe, instead of running their mouths about where everyone else was failing to live up to their “standards,” that they ought to just work on themselves and do their best to be decent people. I mean, hell, I would prefer that they didn’t need to find a child molester in their midst to do this, but better late than never.
I don’t care if Josh Duggar took the lord’s name in vain, I don’t even really care that he cheated on his wife. I care that he molested kids, because I will always care about that, but otherwise I have no dog in the hunt for other people’s sins. I only care that he hurt people — both in terms of molesting them, but also in terms of campaigning for other people to not have rights, because as far as I’m concerned, that’s the only real sin. I hope, in light of this, that family just stops hurting people.
[h/t Us Weekly]