Jessa shared a picture of Seewald with his coffee, along with a lengthy caption about salvation. "Sorta made me think of Salvation! It's offered freely to all those who by faith believe, but only because it was paid for by someone else!" she wrote, before going on to share an excerpt in Romans 5:6-11.
But her message has created a surprising debate among fans and critics alike as people question whether the couple paid it forward.
Went through the drive through to grab a coffee for Ben this morning, and the man in the car in front of us--complete stranger-- surprised us by paying for it! Sorta made me think of Salvation! It's offered freely to all those who by faith believe, but only because it was paid for by someone else! However, in the case of Salvation, it wasn't a small bill to be covered... It cost Jesus everything! We owed a debt we could never repay, and yet in love, He stepped in and paid our debt with His life's blood. Forever grateful! ❤️ 6 "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation." - Romans 5:6-11
Comments on the picture include, "@jessaseewald did u pay it forward?", "Please tell me you paid it forward? Tsk tsk if you broke the chain!", "Did you pay for the people behind you! That's what Jesus would do!", and "Pay it foward [sic], hopefully you guys did as well."
"You deleted the part where you said 'and we didn't pay a dime' ... Why did you do that?? Bc you didn't pay if forward," user staysay wrote.
plls23shared similar sentiments, writing, "She edited the post and removed the part saying that they drove away without paying a dime. Pretty disappointing that this family accepts so much charity without giving back."
One critic, jehshie, also slammed Duggar for using this random act of kindness as a lecture. "Also, really? You take a good deed and turn it into a lecture?" they wrote.
While some think Jessa should have paid it forward, there are also those who are defending her, saying there is no need for her to feel obligated to return the favor.
"You don't have to pay for the guy behind you just because someone paid for you ! People are ridiculous," cebfhion wrote.
As with most things Jessa Duggar and her family do, a debate usually ensues.
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