"You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD." --Leviticus 19:28
When the story about Josh Duggar molesting his younger sisters came out, Matt stuck by his side saying, "Well it was a long time ago," and "We should all forgive him."
He then said something very disturbing in my opinion. It even questions the safety of Matt's own children.
He said, and I quote:
"I know I’m opening myself up to serious criticism here, but let me be honest with you: If my own son, God forbid, came to me and admitted to doing what Josh Duggar did, I don’t know that I’d immediately run to the cops. Would you? Is it really that simple? The decision to have your child arrested as a sex offender would be an automatic thing for you? Really?"Yes, it is that simple. Any sexual abuse that is going on in anyone's household should be reported. If Matt thinks sexual abuse is OK, then there is something terribly wrong here. After the recent findings of Josh Duggar's accounts with Ashley Madison, Matt seemed to be outraged over an affair, but not so much over the sexual molestation. Why doesn't that sit well with me? Why are some Christians so eager to stick up for someone who is clearly in the wrong (as long as they're antigay and bullying the LGBT community) -- that they forget about all other sins and focus on the one that they hate the most?
Here's the statement he made the other day:
"The fall of the Duggar family is sad in many ways, and I am still sickened by those who are taking pleasure in it, but this is a tragedy precipitated by conscious decisions. This is sin. This is what sin does. You might think it will bring you pleasure, but in the end it can only destroy. I guess that's the lesson. If only we didn't have to keep relearning it. We live in a sick world, everyone. And Christ is the only medicine.”He's "sickened" over people taking pleasure and saying, "Ah, the antigay hypocrite has his own set of skeletons in his closet!" It's not so much as "taking pleasure" as it is knowing that he can no longer rage against gays and lesbians, knowing how much more of a sinner he actually is. He's hurting others by his actions. Gays, lesbians and transgenders aren't hurting anyone by loving what who they love and being who they are. Adultery is listed in the Ten Commandments. Homosexuality isn't. Homosexuality, as I've stated in this post with my own findings is not a sin.
Matt found himself up to his neck with comments from angry readers pointing out the acceptance of child molestation, but not the acceptance of adultery. He got upset, proverbially stomped his feet and said,
"OK guys. I've explained the really obvious nuances of my position in every way I know how. I think we've probably reached the point in this thread where the trolls outnumber the rational adults. That's when I bow out and move on with my life. Have a great night everyone."No. There were hundreds -- thousands of commenters who were not just random trolls. They were rational adults -- even Christian conservatives just like Matt, who were disgusted by the acceptance of child molestation -- or more so, the the ability to find forgiveness for a child molester, but not for an adulterer.
Have you ever met a real diehard Christian conservative man? I will give you a description and you'll probably nod your head and say, "Wow, that's just like the guy I know!"
Like I said in the past, I've always believed that those who are extremely antigay, who mock and bully gays, lesbians and transgenders are usually hiding something very deep, whether it's hidden resentment, or the fear of being gay or transgender themselves. It's psychology 101 if you really think about it. What we hate in others is what we hate in ourselves. If you're using God in order to bash people over the head with a bible -- is it because you don't think God is strong enough to correct His own people if they're doing something wrong? Aren't those big shoes to fill?
Maybe I'm wrong?
What do you think?
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