Josh Duggar Father-In-Law Pens Long Essay On Josh Duggar Scandal

Posted on May 26th, 2015 at 7:00 am
True Josh Duggar ScandalAlthough he's come under unlucky media scrutiny, Josh Duggar is at least feeling lucky to have a big support group in his family after reports resurfaced this week that Duggar molested five underage girls 12 years ago. Michael Seewald, Josh's father-in-law, is the latest Duggar family member to show support, and he posted an essay to the family's blog on Sunday titled, "Grace Greater Than Our Sin". "It pains me to see that they are now having to relive the nightmare that had been laid to rest well over a decade ago with Josh's repentance and reformation," Seewald wrote, "but I feel compelled to bring some context and reason to the bloodletting that many are engaging in and to come to the aid of our dear friends and family." "Sadly, this type of thing is all too common. Victims of sexual abuse of any kind often suffer greatly for many years as a result of these sins," Seewald continued. "We should not downplay the seriousness of these offenses particularly, nor gloss over the pain and confusion they often bring, sometimes for a lifetime." Josh's parents Jim Bob and Michelle also came under fire for knowing about their son's crimes and failing to report them. But Michael says they're not to blame. "How many of you would broadcast the sins of your children to the whole world? Would you be willing to publicize your own darkest moments? Yes, we should constantly be learning and growing as parents and change when we see a better way, yet no parenting method is without flaw. The heart of the matter is do you have a good relationship with your children? From my perspective, this is where Jim Bob and Michelle excel." " ... the shame you feel is legitimate, yet Jesus took your shame as he was punished in your place," he said. "Rest in his forgiveness and grace. Remember that he gives you his righteousness as a covering for your shame," he said. "Let this trial in your life build humility and grace. Don't be angry at the world for their hatred of you. Show them through your love for them that it is Jesus Christ that made all the difference in your life. I'm rooting for you." Duggar admitted to molestation allegations after the scandal dropped last week. He told People in a statement, “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. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.” Josh continues, “I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”