I despise a hypocrite. Of all the alleged sins, I would rank hypocrisy at the top of my list. If you have followed my blog then you are probably aware that I hold a particular disdain for televangelists. It is no secret that I detest the likes of Jim Bakker, Benny Hinn, Jimmy Swaggart and any other snake oil salesman peddling Jesus-for-dollars on TV. Because -while I dislike the hypocrites that set in the church pews on Sunday- the public figure hypocrites really grate upon my nerves. The recently exposed sexcapades of holier- than- thou, uber evangelical Josh Duggar puts hypocrisy squarely back into my focus.
In May of 2015 Duggar was exposed as a child molester, and in the past few days it has been reported that he was also a subscribed member to a website for cheating spouses. It has been reported that Duggar had not one but two subscriptions and even paid an additional sum to guarantee an affair. Accordingly, Duggar was looking for an extramarital affair that explored a range of sexual experiences and a potential partner that was interested in the same. It would seem that he was not committed to sex within the confinements of his religious marriage. I would hazard a guess that sexual experimentation outside of missionary sex for procreation purposes is probably frowned upon in the evangelical bedroom, but then again I am writing about hypocrites …so.
My opinion on the sexual preferences of others is “whatever floats your boat.” Additionally, I have no ill regard for people who make mistakes in judgment and act in abnormal ways contrary to their presented persona…..unless, they are scratching their butt while telling me I can’t scratch mine. And so is the case of Duggar, directing his criticisms and judgments upon the world while secretly scratching his own butt.
Duggar’s is reported to have issued a public statement in which he referred to himself as the “biggest hypocrite ever” and admitted that while espousing faith and family values that he secretly had been viewing pornography for the past several years and was unfaithful to his wife. Of course he said, “I deeply regret all the hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example and I humbly ask for your forgiveness.”
And there it is….the way out. I will predict that he will lay low for a while, maybe even claim to be in counseling for his sexual addiction, while rebuilding his character before God, his family and wife. And before we know it he will reemerge all gloriously forgiven and brand spanking new in the love of Jesus and ready to pursue his criticisms, judgments and secret butt scratchings once again.
I know I have grown extremely cynical, but Christians, I don’t buy into it anymore. I don’t believe your faith or Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins changes you into a better person. Only you can do that by determination and will within yourself to be someone better than you have been. I believe the birth of a child, or a near fatal illness or accident can motivate you to make changes, but not your faith. Because it is all too easy for you to continue doing what you do and then claim repentance under the blood without meaning one word of it, and with little intention to change anything, you just develop a better strategy to not get caught again. That is why Duggar didn’t admit to his subscription to Ashely Madison when he was exposed as a child molester. If he had intended a true repentance from his sins, he would have come clean on it all. But he didn’t. He just attempted to keep scratching his butt without anyone knowing. Unfortunately for him he got caught, yet again. But it really doesn’t matter because Christians forgive each other of the most horrible things and welcome them back into the fold with open arms. It is too bad that they don’t offer that same forgiveness to gays, lesbians, transgenders, prostitutes, gamblers, addicts Muslims, Buddhists, atheists and the list goes on, and on.
I have yet to understand how it is that the Jim Bakkers and Josh Duggars of the world, who so purposely attempt to deceive and defraud their Christian brethren and continue to do so time and time again can be so easily forgiven but one born homosexual can never be forgiven because they cannot change who they are.
Duggar can be a sexual deviant, be forgiven and in a few months he will be preaching his elitist Christian standards with the approval of evangelicals everywhere. In the meantime, a child struggling with his sexuality or gender is ostracized and bullied even to the point of suicide or murder. How can you not see the hypocrisy in it all?