Some people think that because the Duggars shield their children from what they call "worldly influences" such as modern music and TV, they are basically keeping them in a cult-like compound. They are in a sense, eliminating their freedom to choose and see what the world is really like. Of course there are many ways you can argue this, afterall they are seeing a lot of the world in their travels, they stay in hotels with TVs, and they are on TV, so they must see some things and hear some things. But according to Jim Bob, they don't. They sing hymns, they listen to classical music and play classical music, and they watch approved Christian DVDs and videos. They watch their own show on the computer or a monitor.
They do see the world--they go to the mall, they go to the grocery store--they've been to Times Square in NYC more than once. They've also been to El Salvador more than once. They aren't sheltered from the world, just from certain parts of it.
So the big question is, can you be a good Christian and still wear pants and listen to heavy metal? Well let's ask cousin Amy! It was brought up in another post--about Dressing Like the Duggars that they do hang out with their cousin Amy and she does wear pants and listen to modern music. A comment was made that Amy is a Christian and does follow the Christian way---so why the difference? And it was also brought up that you can be pierced and tattooed and be a Christian as well--just look at Jay Bakker--he's a Preacher.
I have a pierced tongue (bugs my Rabbi to no end.) I also listen to heavy metal (high school in the 80s so it's ingrained) however I'm still an Orthodox Jew that is so observant I still wear a head covering and long sleeves in the hot Central California summer. A visiting Rabbi explained it at Seder last night..."we're all Jews here, just a matter of degrees, we may all worship in different ways, some may not be kosher, some may not observe all the tenants, some may not come every sabbath, but we're still all Jews." Same thing with Christians---Amy is still a Christian even if she wears pants and listens to Metallica. I think Jim Bob gets that.
I just think that they've decided that it's easier to just take it all out of the house and be done with it not because it's evil but because it's more of a distraction. Same thing with Chassidic Jews--Chassidim don't watch TV or movies or listen to modern music, not because it's evil but because it takes away the focus of prayer and Torah and concentrating on being a better Jew.
So while some people think the Duggars are just so afraid of what might happen that it's easier to just eliminate it all before something bad happens, I'm more of the mindset that they eliminated it all because they saw what happened when it WAS in the house--it took away the focus on their family. Afterall, they didn't begin their marriage as focused on their faith as they are now--they did try having TV in their home and found it to be a distraction from family life.
Your opinions? Are they sticking their heads in the sand or are they just trying to focus on their faith? Do you think their kids will break free once they leave home and become more like cousin Amy?