I’ve seen several articles this week about TLC cutting ties with Derick Dillard (Jill Dillard’s husband from Counting On). Twitter comments were cited where he verbally attacked Jazz Jennings. Jazz is the teenage star of the TLC reality show I Am Jazz, which chronicles his struggles growing up transgender and getting ready to undergo gender reassignment.
When I first saw the articles, I was incredulous; attacking someone verbally or otherwise doesn’t sound like something Dillard would do. Although the LGBTQ lifestyle is condemned biblically, it isn’t a reason to attack. It is a reason to love as they’re just as sinful as I am.
Well…then I saw Dillard’s comments (below). All I saw in them were concern and love. No hate. No viciousness.
I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child. It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days. — Derick Dillard in November 2017
What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God. — Derick Dillard in August 2017
Somehow we’ve come to the conclusion that agreement equals love and support. We’ve confused it with acquiescence. How did this happen? I don’t know, but I do know that getting everything you want isn’t good for you and neither is basing everything off feelings.
Life hurts. Love hurts when it’s in the best interest of a person. True love can’t exist without discipline, accountability, and the willingness to sacrifice.
And that’s exactly what Derick Dillard did – he sacrificed. Jazz Jennings is a victim of an agenda. An agenda to praise his willingness to mutilate himself, and in the process, encourage others to follow similar self-destructive lifestyles. We need more of Dillard’s kind of love. He did for Jazz on a small scale what Jesus did for us.
Instead of telling us “Do what you want. Be what you want. Say what you want…” and then watching us go straight to hell because He didn’t want to hurt our feelings, God loved us enough to tell us the truth. That truth is we’re all sinners who deserve eternal damnation, but He’s made a way for us.
I’m grateful this Thanksgiving that God loves us enough to meet us where we are, to tell us the truth, and to give us the option to trust His way – the only and best way. And I’m thankful others like Derick Dillard are willing to step up and say the unpopular thing in the name of love. I pray one day to have that much courage.
What about you? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.