Did Jinger Duggar just school her parents on being good Christians, and will they ignore the message that she was trying to send them?
On Thursday, the Duggars used their Facebook page to share a Bible verse with their thousands of followers. Jim Bob and Michelle revealed that Jinger Duggar shared the verse with them, and they decided to pass the message along to their fans. The verse was 1 John 2:15-17.
“Sweet Jinger shared this verse with us recently. Such a good reminder!” the Duggars captioned the image below. “We are so thankful for the many blessings of life we enjoy but ultimately our focus must stay on loving God and following Him! This passage in 1 John reminds us of that!”
As you can see, the Bible verse above warns Christians that they can’t love God if they love worldly things like money, fame, sex, possessions, and vanity. Some of the Duggar family’s Facebook followers speculated that Jinger Duggar was gently trying to tell her parents that they shouldn’t be so obsessed with keeping their family on TV.
“Sweet Jinger shared this verse with you because your family needs to pay attention!!!” one of their Facebook Followers wrote. “STAY OFF OF (sic) TELEVISION!!! STOP POSTING YOUR PICTURES!!! It’s of the world. Practice what you preach!!!”
Maybe Jinger has good reason to worry that some of her family members care more about being famous than they do about their religion — there’s plenty of evidence that the Duggars love attention. Jim Bob, Michelle, Jessa, and Jill Duggar continued using social media to keep their fans updated on their family after 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled, and some members of the family even successfully fought to get back on TV. According to the Associated Press, TLC is producing two or more TV specials that will star Jessa and Jill Duggar. They’ll focus on Jessa’s pregnancy and Jill’s mission trip to Central America.
The Associated Press reports that Josh Duggar won’t be appearing in any of these specials after confessing to sexually molesting four of his sisters, including Jill and Jessa. Many Duggar critics also didn’t want to see Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar back on TV because they did such a poor job dealing with the sexual molestation going on under their roof — they didn’t turn Josh in to the police, and they allowed him to keep living in the same house with his victims while his pattern of abuse got progressively worse. However, there was no confirmation that Jim Bob and Michelle won’t be appearing in their daughters’ specials. And as the Inquisitr previously reported, there’s already photographic evidence that the couple is going to use Jill’s special to get back on TV. They appeared onstage with Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, at the couple’s recent going-away party, and the TLC cameras were there to record Jim Bob and Michelle’s farewell speech.
A source close to the Duggar family told People that Jim Bob and Michelle thought “it was part of God’s plan” for them to be on TV and that Jim Bob was having a tough time letting go of his family’s reality show. He originally nixed the idea of Jessa and Jill getting their own spin-offs because he wouldn’t get to appear in them.
“He absolutely wanted to be back on TV and was never thrilled about the show suddenly shifting focus.”
It’s possible that Jinger Duggar shared the Bible verse above with her parents because she fears that they’re trying to get most of the family back on TV, and maybe the 21-year-old is enjoying living a camera-free life. Jinger and her older sister, 25-year-old Jana, do seem to be a bit more private than Jessa and Jill — they aren’t starring in their own upcoming TV specials, after all, and they don’t have their own social media accounts. However, this could be because neither girl has a courtship to promote for 19 Kids and Counting (Jill and Jessa didn’t set up their Instagram pages until they met their future husbands).
Jinger Duggar has expressed some dissatisfaction with the life her parents’ have chosen for her before. According to Radar Online, Jinger once said that she’d love to leave rural Arkansas to experience life in a big city. Michelle responded to her daughter’s dream by vowing that Jinger will never live in New York City, and she tried to claim that Jinger really just wants to live “15 minutes from a Wal-mart.”
“New York City is way above what we would ever consider a city where she should move!” Michelle said.
However, Michelle did say that Jinger was allowed to go stay with her older brother Josh back when he was still working in Washington, D.C.
“Jinger would love to spend time with her brother and all their children in Washington,” Michelle said.
Knowing what she knew about Josh’s past actions, Jinger probably didn’t jump at this offer.
According to Bustle, Jinger Duggar has a passion for photography, and she could turn this passion into a profession that she could use to support herself if she ever moved away from home. Unfortunately, Duggar daughters are discouraged from moving out until they get married, and it’s highly unlikely that Jinger’s parents would let her go to college to study photography. In fact, none of the homeschooled Duggar daughters have attended a brick-and-mortar college.
For now, Jinger Duggar will have to settle for a noisy life at home with her parents and younger siblings. As you can see, she’s been spending her free time helping the family campaign for Mike Huckabee, cutting her brothers’ hair, and driving the Duggar family bus.
Jinger also starred in one Ben Seewald’s YouTube videos. In the video below, she talks about all the “bad deeds” she committed before age 14.
Do you think Jinger Duggar was trying to let her parents know that she thinks they don’t have their priorities straight when she shared that Bible verse with them?
[Featured Image via Duggar Family Official Facebook]