I wiped away the tears but nothing could wipe the smile off my face as I watched the season finale of 19 Kids and Counting last week.
Why? Because, it makes the heart glad when you witness something good rising up out of a sea of overwhelmingly bad tv. It was like breathing fresh air to witness love, in it’s purest form, so sweetly presented through Jill and Derick’s engagement story.
But it seems that some people have gotten so used to the foul stench of garbage that they are unable to appreciate clean air anymore. They are the ones posting hateful comments online referring to the Duggar Family as “oppressive” and “scary.”
But I would argue that what’s really oppressive and scary are the alternative programs being shoveled into our living rooms. Here’s a little comparison.
Now, before I go any further, I have to admit that I had never really given the show a chance until this season because I just didn’t get it. My initial reaction? Oh, paleese!
I mean, I couldn’t identify with what I perceived as another “reality” show gimmick – the saga of a normal family turned baby-making factory. Frankly, I can understand some of the push-back. These people just aren’t normal by today’s standards (or lack thereof.)
But that’s the thing. They aren’t trying to live by the standards of this world. And neither should we if we are going to call ourselves followers of Christ. We should dare to be different knowing that we have been called out of the darkness to “live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8)
But, hey, it’s not like I know them, so I’m not going to say I agree or endorse every little thing about the show. But I will say that this family appears to simply be trying to live out their Bible-based convictions, which as far as I can tell is something we could definitely use more of in our world.
And if it’s true that “The Duggars desire is to make Christ known and for others to see that the Bible is the owner’s manual for life,” then maybe this reality show is their way of being Salt & Light.
Maybe this is their chance to bring old fashioned things like modesty and purity back in fashion.
Maybe people, young and old, will be encouraged that there is a way to live Godly in a godless age.
Today, let’s commit wholeheartedly to accepting the Word of God as our ultimate guide. Let’s dare to be different so that we can make a difference in the world.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE DUGGARS AND REALITY SHOWS IN GENERAL? DID YOU SEE THE ENGAGEMENT EPISODE?
Okay, it took me way too long to find this clip of the song Derick had country music singer/songwriter Walker Hayes (a friend of his friend) write for the occasion. Unfortunately, the video ends before the proposal but at least you get to hear their story set to music (so romantic). sniff, sniff…
Here’s the link to view the video. (FYI, you cannot see it on the page at first…it will take a few seconds for the video to pop up.)