I created a series on my Arts and Culture blog called “The Duggars.” I’ve published articles on hypocrisy and justice. Later this week, I’ll publish ones on evangelism and parenting. Please read and share these articles.
The magnitude of the Duggars’ crimes hit me Saturday night. I became angry and upset. In church yesterday, I found it difficult to absorb the worship and preaching. Disturbed in my mind and grieved in my spirit, I couldn’t even sing. I felt like an internal bomb had exploded. But instead of confessing and repenting of the church’s sins, everyone else went about business as usual. Not one person I met mentioned the Duggars, either to forgive or to condemn them. Not one.
Where are the ministers who will “weep between the porch and the altar” over the church’s sins and crimes (Joel 2:17)? Where are the saints who will rip their clothes, pluck out their hair, and sit down “astonished” for hours on end before praying on their knees to Almighty God (Ezra 9:3-5)? Where are these people?
Before Babylon’s final invasion of Jerusalem, God told one of his servants to “go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it” (Ezekiel 9:4). Only those who had the mark were spared; all others were killed at God’s command (9:5-7). God may mark saints again in order to spare them, yet how many will he find: one hundred, fifty, twenty, ten, two, or one? How many Christians are “sighing and crying over all the abominations” committed in the church? I fear that the answer is “too few.”
Judgment will “begin at the house of God” and he is no respecter of persons (1 Peter 4:17). Yet if the Duggars scandal doesn’t wake up the church, then what will? The King is coming.