If King David Had Done What the Duggars… Oh Wait…
First of all, let me say that I think I have only ever watched one or two episodes of the Duggars' TV show. I am not terribly familiar with them, though from what I have seen they support many of the same values I do.
Second, this article will use Scripture to provide some perspective to the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, and, because it uses Scripture, I am well aware that it is not likely to have much of a positive effect on any non-Christian who reads it. It is directed at Christians.
Our Guiding Light
When judging what my own reaction should be to anything, there is usually plenty of wisdom in the Word of God. I have found the Josh Duggar scandal to be no different.
As a young boy of about eleven I was molested in my own home by a slightly older, much more worldly-wise boy from outside of my family. I personally know others who have been molested, and I also know some who have molested others (I know more than one person on both sides of the offense). Of those who were molested, I know of only two who believe that the perpetrators in their situations should be behind bars, and as far as I know the offenders in those situations did far worse than what Josh did, and performed the crimes as adults.
What was done to me was definitely worse than what Josh Duggar did, and I am not crying out for justice to be served because of what happened when this man was a boy.
Therefore, while I believe that I should not have to reveal that information in order to walk by the light of the Word, if the reader thinks that one should not weigh in at all unless one is a "victim", then perhaps this revelation will diminish their resistance to using the Bible to see a situation more clearly.
That said, here are some parallels between the Josh Duggar offense and King David—the point being, of course, that if we are to consider Brother Josh a child molester to this day, and treat him as such, then we would be hypocrites for considering King David a godly man. Yet the Scripture says of David:
1 Kings 15:1-5 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. (2) Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. (3) And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. (4) Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: (5) Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
Keep in mind that Josh Duggar committed his crimes as a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old, while King David committed his as a grown man. Though the Scripture indicates that the reproach that David's transgression brought upon God was considered a serious offense (2 Samuel 12:14), and while we can definitely see a parallel between that and what has happened with our Brother Josh, that neither caused David's removal from his position as king, nor his removal from the Messianic line, nor the removal of God's love.
I have used actual headlines for many of these parallels.
Did Duggars Do the Right Thing When Son Confessed to Sex Abuse?
Did King David Do the Right Thing When Son Raped Daughter?
2 Samuel 13:11-14
If Duggars Were Atheists, the Right Wouldn't Be So Forgiving
This one might bear explanation. While we must be careful to avoid hypocrisy, Josh is a repentant sinner. This is the primary difference between his offense and the offenses of many others. If it were to suddenly be revealed that an atheistic politician had done the things the Josh did at the age that Josh did them, and he was, like Josh, repentant for what he had done, doing what he could to repair the damage, then, no, I do not believe that I would use that against him. That "repentant" part is important, as Jesus also states in Luke 17:3-4.
If David Worshipped Ashteroth, God Wouldn't Be So Forgiving
Should Josh Duggar Be Given a Clean Slate?
Should King David Be Forgiven?
TLC Should Cancel '19 Kids and Counting'
God Should Revoke David's Kingship and His Status As a Messianic Patriarch
Josh Duggar Chilling Molestation Confession in New Police Report
King David Revolting Affair and Murder Reported in the Bible
Josh Duggar is a Child Molester and Will Always Be One
King David Is and Will Always Be an Adulterer and a Murderer
The Duggars Waited Too Long to Contact Authorities
While the validity of this claim may or may not be true, David was definitely in the wrong for hiding his sin like he did by murdering Uriah—which makes it all the more clear that we should not judge the Duggars too harshly for how they handled it whether we agree with them or not.
King David Waited Too Long to Admit He Had Sinned
Josh Duggar Should Be Made to Register as a Sex Offender
Men Should Discourage Their Wives from Being Near King David
Josh Duggar Should Serve Time Behind Bars as a Child Molester
King David Should Be Stoned Along with Bathsheba
(Actually true according to Biblical law.)
The Duggars are Hypocrites for Preaching About Righteousness and Speaking Out Against Sin
King David Is a Hypocrite for Publishing Psalms Which Condemn the Ungodly
(Not to mention that by this logic no person ever born except for Christ Himself could ever speak against sin, because every man has done things that are worthy of death and hell.)
Josh Duggar is Too Likely to Repeat His Crimes as an Adult
King David is Too Likely to Repeat His Crimes as an... Oh Wait...
Does the Scripture not claim that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation? Does it not claim that God has the power to write His laws upon our hearts? Do we reserve these principles to ourselves and withhold them from others?
The Victims Are Only Forgiving Josh Because of Their Religion and the Family Business
Bathsheba Only Married David Because She Was Forced Under a Mysoginistic Religion
God Only Forgave David Because He Was King and Would One Day Be His Son's Great Grandfather
So what should a Christian's reaction be? I would say that we should rejoice when someone is changed by the grace of God and avoids judgment:
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. - James 2:13