Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are speaking out – with the help of scripture – in the wake of the controversy the couple recently sparked on Facebook.
After posting a pictures of themselves reenacting Jessa and Ben Seewald’s kiss on Instagram, they invited married couples to submit their own kissing pics.
They reportedly then deleted pictures of same-sex and interracial couples from their official page, a move that provoked serious backlash online.
In response, the TLC stars posted a new message about remaining steadfast in their convictions, using a passage from the Bible to illustrate their point.
Quoting Luke 6:27, they wrote, “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
“This is such a sweet scripture that we hold dear,” the Duggars wrote. “We will always stand for truth and the values we hold dear without compromise.”
But, Jim Bob and Michelle said, “we will do so in love and kindness – treating others well even if we don’t agree with them and we will do so without hateful words.”
“This verse is a reminder of how we must always carry ourselves,” they concluded of the Biblical passage, praising the “precious words from Jesus.”
The Duggars’ post did not specifically mention the Facebook controversy, but the uproar and the timing make it fairly unlikely that it was a coincidence.
Hey, at least they weren’t caught having sex at a wedding … arewerightpeople??
“God designed marriage to be a loving, dynamic relationship between a husband and wife for a lifetime,” they wrote with their initial photo sharing invitation.
“God loves marriage and it is supposed to be full of love, joy, fun, and romance.”
So long as you meet certain criteria, some of their critics quickly noted. In any case, their response today looks to have cooled the tensions for now.
As always, you can watch 19 Kids and Counting online to see the family at its wholesome best, then follow THG for the latest controversy they stir up.