When we talk about the Duggars, who is listening?


shutterstock_203091910Editor’s note: Shannon Dingle shares her reflections on how the life experiences people bring to worship influence how they may process comments from church leaders in the aftermath of Josh Duggar’s recent disclosures. 

Words matter. God’s word is clear about that. We’ve used the Duggar situation as a springboard for conversations on this blog about juvenile sex offenders and church safety. We’ve also been reading posts and blogs by other church leaders. I can’t help but wonder if we’re being mindful of who is listening to what we’re saying…

  • Victims are listening. Rates of childhood sexual abuse in this country are staggering, so you can be certain some are in your congregation/FB feed/Twitter followers/etc. If everything you post is defending an offender or chiding the media for being bullies, are you aware that your words might be telling these survivors that your church (and your friendship) isn’t a safe place…

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