Recent reports are suggesting that Anna Duggar has decided to divorce Josh Duggar.
This is a couple who rose to fame through TLC’s reality TV program “19 Kids and Counting.” It was a show following Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar plus their growing tribe. It is emblematic of a very conservative–some might say Fundamentalist–form of Christianity that firmly rejects divorce as an option, of course.
For those that missed it, Josh Duggar fell into infamy when his sexual molestation of his sisters plus one were made known then further when he was discovered as having an Ashley Madison account–i.e. an account marketed to facilitate adultery. He coped to cheating on his wife, Anna; and he entered “treatment” for a while for his “sex addiction.”
It is encouraging to hear–if true–that Anna Duggar has support from friends helping her past divorce stigma.
As I have written on this matter before, I wanted to give my readership this update. Some might think I am too divorce positive in this situation…especially as a Christian minister.
To be clear:
The tragedy here is not over Anna Duggar possibly choosing divorce, but rather the tragedy is over Josh Duggar blowing up his family by choosing to lie and cheat leading a treacherous, hidden double life.
Divorce shame is not something Anna Duggar or any faithful spouse ought to bear. God gives them permission to divorce a cheater without shame as God Himself divorced an adulterous Israel (e.g. Jeremiah 3:8, Matthew 19:9, etc.).