The Duggar "Anti-Gay" Controversy
|Dave and me. Our fist kiss as husband and wife!|
It’s frustrating that clean, family-oriented shows with Christian values are the ones getting attacked in our culture.
In case you haven't heard the story, the Duggars challenged all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it on Facebook.
"God designed marriage to be a loving, dynamic relationship between a husband and wife for a lifetime," they said.
Then, they were criticized for removing photos on their Facebook page of men kissing men and women kissing women ... and now they're the recipients of a lot of hateful comments. People are saying they're "anti-gay."
The Duggars aren't changing their stance on marriage, but they are responding with love and grace.
"We will always stand for truth and the values we hold dear without compromise but we will do so in love and kindness--treating others well even if we don't agree with them and we will do so without hateful words," the Duggars posted later.
And that same day, they posted on Facebook: “We love these wise words from Rick Warren:
‘Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.’”
(Well said, Rick Warren.)
But thousands have signed a petition to cancel the Duggars' show, "19 Kids and Counting."
“‘The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people,’ Wissick wrote in a letter to TLC which was posted on the Change.org petition page. ‘You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show.’” (Huffington Post)
Here's what gets me: I choose not to watch some TV shows for personal reasons. Everyone has that freedom. The thousands signing the petition are free to simply choose not to watch "19 Kids and Counting." But instead, they're trying to cancel the show.
It seems to me as if the LGBT community posted the photos on the Duggars’ page just to stir the pot and cause problems. After all, the Duggars did clearly say, “husband and wife” in their picture challenge post and they’ve always been known as a conservative Christian family.
I think there is an element of spiritual warfare in this. There are many shows right now with immoral crap in them ... and I don't see anyone batting an eye, let alone signing a petition to get them off the air. (Maybe we should?!) But a family who stands strong in their biblical values? Why is that getting attacked? It just isn't right.
Personally, I'm thankful for the Duggars' courageous stand on biblical marriage, even if it's not popular right now.
Agree? Disagree? What are your thoughts about this? Post below!