This is no quick 140-character tweet.
Instead, Michael Seewald, Jessa Duggar‘s father-in-law, wrote a 2,160-word post about standing and supporting the Duggar family during the Josh Duggar scandal, where he was accused of allegedly molesting five young girls, which resulted in him resigning from Family Research Council job, removing his name from a speaker list at a major event and TLC blacklisting the family reality show 19 Kids and Counting.
Michael titled the post, “Grace Greater Than Our Sin.”
“I want to say to Josh, hang in there, the shame you feel is legitimate, yet Jesus took your shame as he was punished in your place,” Micheael wrote. “Rest in his forgiveness and grace. Remember that he gives you his righteousness as a covering for your shame.”
He goes on to say in his essay, “Don’t be angry at the world for their hatred of you. Show them through your love for them that it is Jesus Christ that made all the difference in your life. I’m rooting for you.”
Michael also addressed the way Jim Bob Duggar, 39, and Michelle Duggar, 48, handled the situation back in 2002 and 2003 when the incidents occurred.
“They did not turn a blind eye, but earnestly sought help from the church, counselors, and eventually the police. Maybe they didn’t do it in a way that pleases everyone, but they acted decisively to confront the sin, to call a penitent son back from his errors, and to seek to aid the hurting victims.”
“In their efforts to salvage the wreckage that these transgressions brought, and bring healing to all involved, Jim Bob and Michelle are to be commended,” Michael believes and addresses in his essay.
But does Jessa Duggar‘s husband Ben Seewald feel the same way? Not long after Mother’s Day, Ben posted an Instagram of his parents with a caption that might have foreshadowed the Josh Duggar history:
“A little late in posting, but I had a wonderful Mother’s day with my Mom and wife! I want to give a shout out to my Mom and Dad. They’ve always sought to please God in raising me and my siblings. They’ve been loving, caring, and provided us with a good home and many happy memories. While many parents are abusing their children, earning the condemnation of God, my parents have always been protective of us and by God’s grace have made our home a safe haven. They loved us enough to have standards, rooted in Scripture, and stick by them even when it would’ve been easier for them just to let us do whatever we wanted to. They loved us too much for that. That’s a lot to say in this culture where parents who care enough to set standards for their kids are mocked and dishonored and where the ones who yield to their rebellious children in compromise are praised as ‘loving’…”
Just before the season 10 was wrapped up (just two episodes shy of the finale), TLC removed 19 Kids and Counting show when the Josh Duggar report surfaced. TLC has yet to announce whether they will remove the show from their network for good, but Mama June may not let this go any other way.