Like Wildfire

specials“For our God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:29

I deal with fire a lot.

Whether I’m dispatching a structure fire, lighting a candle for dinner with my husband, or sitting around a campfire at my in-law’s house, I deal with fire almost every day.

And if you think about it, many of you do, too.

Fire tends to spread quickly. If not contained, it eats up everything in its path.

Our God is like wildfire.

Unfortunately, in this world, there are other things that spread like wildfire as well.

One of those things is scandal.

Many of you have heard the story of the recent Duggar scandal which involved Joshua Duggar fondling some young girls, some of which were believed to be his sisters. *

It is unlikely that anyone will ever know the full history of this situation. And it is not our place to pass judgment. But the facts stand that abuse is a serious problem. It should not be taken lightly. Forgiveness is a beautiful thing, but it does not erase the memories. We are all flawed humans. Being a Christian does not make you exempt from the scars that abuse brings.

I am not here to discuss the downfalls of the patriarchal movement or to bicker about birth control and family size. God is their judge, just as He is our judge.

Yet, we need to have compassion for anyone who has been abused. Compassion is part of our testimony.

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:”  – I Peter 3:8

The world is watching us. Waiting for us to mess up.

Waiting for a scandal to spread like wildfire . . .

Where is the fire of our God?

Where is our consuming fire in the midst of scandal?

Oftentimes, we chase Him away by relying on our own methods.

We listen to the standards of our homeschool groups, churches, and families rather than listening to the standards found in God’s Word. We handle a situation the way we personally see fit, perhaps because of fear or pride. We are prideful when we should be humbled.

I challenge you to fight the fires of scandal with the power of our all-consuming fire, our Lord and Savior.

Pray for those who have been abused, pray for your fellow Christians, pray for the Duggar family in their time of need, and pray that God will consume your heart.

Allow our God to spread like wildfire, even in the midst of scandal.

Joyfully yours,

Melody Maynard

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.”

* I am not going to link to any news articles, as there is so much information and speculation on the web. There are, however, several Christian bloggers that I believe have provided some good insight into this situation. You can view their articles below.


  1. says

    Melody, thank you so much for posting back to my article! It means so much to have some support in the blogging world.

    You said this so well–I love how you said that being a Christian does not exempt you from the scars that abuse brings. Beautiful, but heartbreaking, statement.

    I hope that more and more people find the same heart for these people that you have–one of compassion, but that still yearns to stand up for the truth.

    Rebecca Gregoire
    Rebecca Gregoire recently posted…Why the Duggars Give Christianity a Bad NameMy Profile

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