Why The Duggar’s Choice Matters

I have finally decided enough is enough. I must raise my voice in defense of what is right. I am not joining in with any one, but just am sharing what I think with authenticity, grace and TRUTH. I am not a person who watches much television. I also do not generally like reality TV, although I could name shows that really have captured my attention on a few occasions. I try to weigh and consider the facts before I jump on any bandwagons. But, I feel it is time to speak about with regard to this family and their freedom to choose, live and have their being in the way that seems good and right to them. 
It started a few weeks back, my mom came in and made a comment about the recent loss of the Duggar family. I love my mom but we have radically different views about life. This was a short conversation, as once I spoke what I thought about the news, she wanted to end the conversation. Quickly. Funny how truth does that. Is all I really said was, “Why do people think they are doing anything wrong?”. It’s baffling to me. It’s OK for celebrities and others to share their “dirty, little, secrets”, disgusting behaviors and choices, but this family who has shared their journey thus far needs to sweep under the carpet the loss of their latest addition to the family, Jubilee Shalom. Regardless of how you or I choose to grieve, the reason no one wants to see these precious images of life and loss is because of the reality. We are living in a murderous culture which is bent on self gratification, personal idolatry and selfishness. We don’t bow down to idols or sacrifice our children to Molech, instead we crowd around a glowing screen or stadium and slay babies in the womb before they have voices. 
 This is a life. Nothing less. This a choice. Their choice. This is the climate of our day, dangerous, deceitful, cruel and ugly. The Duggars represent a beautiful testimony to life as they live out their convictions. 
In this current time of instant message, image and gratification- their lives are on display. This is not unlike the  many other extremists whose outrageous lives are in our faces constantly.
Stop the press.
An image to behold that brings truth to the forefront.
20 weeks old.
A tiny hand.
Tiny feet.
A child.
Behold truth.
Behold life.
Behold reality and grasp meaning.
The acknowledging of loss and life is never wrong. The conflict is that our liberal country wants to deny that this is a life at all. 20 weeks. 
That is the truth. 
May God bless the Duggars and their beautiful family.
May he bring them continual joy, peace and shelter them from those who oppose them.
May He continue to make His face shine on them as they grieve the loss of Jubilee.
 May they rejoice in the reality of uniting in Heaven.
May they continue to be bold for Truth.
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. 
Deuteronomy 30:19

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

8 thoughts on “Why The Duggar’s Choice Matters

  1. Yup…people will shell out hard earned cash to watch blood and gore horror flicks or sit enraptured in front of their TVs to listen to Kardashians whine and complain about ridiculous, unimportant things, as well as dish about their sexual activities to the watching world; YET, they are offended, irritated and horrified by the Duggars' lifestyle, their choices and the sweet, tiny hand of Jubilee Shalom. AND seem to actually delight in making sport of them all. What a world!!Thanks for posting this, my dear. At His feet,Pam


  2. Very well said…thank you for taking a moment to honor their courage and faith…EVERY life is precious. May God give comfort and healing to the Duggar family as only He can do. Amen.


  3. We don't have the Duggar family show on local television, but I've seen them on The Today Show. They seem like a great family, well behaved children. I'm amazed they would want to show their lives on TV- it would seem an ironic contrast to other reality shows I should think!!! Patsy from HeARTworks and papemelroti


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