The Duggar family from "19 Kids and Counting" is very well-known for their strong and public faith as well as their continuous expanding of their family. Even though the original show was cancelled, the spin-off series following the older Duggar children has also been a big hit with believers.
As many fans know, the Duggar family’s road to marriage begins with a friendship, which eventually leads to a courtship (dating period) and is followed by an engagement before the couple ties the knot. During courtship, there are certain rules to help keep God as the focus of the relationship and ensure there are minimal regrets.
Depending on the person or family, courtship rules may be different. Many of the Duggar family guidelines focus on physical intimacy including sharing their first “holding hands moment” after being engaged and sharing their first kiss once they are married.
During “Counting On: The After Show”, one Duggar couple discussed when they broke a rule during courtship. Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth shared a full hug when she accepted his proposal. One well-known Duggar, courtship rule is to encourage side hugs only, no front hugs. The two are now married, but at the time they hugged, it technically broke a rule.
However, the two defended their hug, reports People magazine. “We’re humans and sometimes we don’t always abide perfectly by our rules,” said Austin. “We try. That was a real hard try.”
His statement reminds us of an important message from the bible: we are all sinners and we all make mistakes. Romans 3:22-24 says, “And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
Of course, many mocked the situation, including The Hollywood Gossip. The celebrity news site states, “It’s well known that Jesus wanted young people to spend their lives in a constant state of sexual frustration. Just kidding (but it does make you wonder).”
In a separate segment of “Counting on: The After Show,” the Duggars discuss how many of their friends date much differently, but they accept that. They follow what they feel and believe keeps them closer to God.
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