Professional blogger Matt Walsh revealed d his thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding the Duggars on The Blaze. Although he watches the show with his wife, Walsh is not a fan of 19 Kids and Counting, but he does admire the family.
"They are living by their convictions, in defiance of cultural trends, and clearly bestowing a strong faith in all of their children," writes Walsh. "That faith hasn’t...made any of them perfect saints, but it seems genuine."
Josh has been called a hypocrite by many media networks and individuals, but Walsh explains why he does not agree with that accusation.
"A Christian failing to live up to his faith does not make him a hypocrite," says Walsh. "It makes him cowardly, perhaps. It makes him selfish. It makes him flawed. It makes him sinful. It makes him any number of things, but not necessarily a hypocrite. A hypocrite is an insincere person who misrepresents his own beliefs."
"I’m not diminishing Josh Duggar’s infractions," continues Walsh. "As I said, he did something very bad. But Christians commit major sins sometimes, which is the whole reason why Jesus died on the cross."
Walsh also puts himself in Jim Bob and Michelle's shoes and admits that if his son made the same mistakes as Josh, he might not "immediately run to the cops."
"Would you?" Walsh asks his readers. "Is it really that simple? The decision to have your child arrested as a sex offender would be an automatic thing for you? Really?"
"..It appears that Josh’s parents attempted to address the situation within their family before going to the church, and then eventually to a law enforcement officer," says Walsh. "As a parent, you have to think whether your 14 year old son deserves to have his life ruined over his mistakes. Maybe you’d decide that he does. I can’t say I’d agree."