Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.
– Ephesians 5:11, NLT
In the wake of the Ashley Madison hack and posting of user identities, information has come to light about embattled, eldest son of the Duggar family fame. And it is not good…
For those who are unaware, Ashley Madison is a “dating” website for married people. Its motto is “Life is short. Have an affair.” To translate that spiritually, it is a business built on facilitating adultery. And millions have availed themselves of its services.
Josh Duggar was one.
He does not deny it (see here).
I give him credit for that.
That is more than some adulterous spouses do even when caught red-handed.
However, do consider how this gargantuan iceberg–that he was cheating on his wife for years–remained hidden during the whole sexual molestation of minors debacle. It remained hidden while Josh and company defended him as a reformed, repentant man who had dealt with his sexual sin problems.
It is disgusting.
The information released (see here again) indicates Josh Duggar used Ashley Madison’s adultery services for about THREE YEARS (2012-2015) spending nearly $1000. Making matters worse, this happened while Duggar was working for The Family Research Council.
This is not a slip up, as if infidelity is ever a slip up (see post here). It was deliberate. And it was done over years.
While this is truly tragic–I feel for his wife and family*–I hope it serves as a lesson to conservative Christians. This evil exists. We need to be talking about it.
The silence on adultery from the pulpit needs to end.
* Prayers for wisdom and comfort to Mrs. Duggar. Sadly, she is not alone in making such awful discoveries regarding years of infidelity. I hope she finds people willing and able to comfort her and support her through this awful, awful grief and trauma.