The Penn State Scandal & You

Recently, there has been a horrific tragedy unearthed at Penn State University involving sexual abuse by a formal football coach, Jerry Sandusky.  This unspeakable situation has gripped the nation causing outcries from all of humanity.  It has caused and will continue to cause lives to be lost, innocence robbed, careers to be forfeited, and legacies to be tarnished.  And although many of us are just sitting back as angry spectators as it plays out in front of our computer screens or TVs, we need to realize that this scandal is actually about us too.

 

Light Will Fall On Darkness

“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him” – Daniel 2:22

Light is now being shed on this tragedy but it’s been in the dark for a long time.  We too have areas of sin in our life that we’ve heaped mounds of darkness on top of hoping no one will uncover it.

 

Sin Grows If Not Killed

“For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths.  The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.  He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.” – Proverb 5:21-23

I have seen that the conscious sin seeds that are planted in our lives grow faster than anything.  Those areas in our life that are left alone, ignored, and swept under the table are the most lethal to our lives.  We must destroy and deal with our sin as quickly as we can before it consumes and chokes our life out.

 

The Truth Will Set You Free

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

Had the truth been made known earlier in this tragic case many young boys lives could still be in tact.  Instead the truth was hidden until it finally peaked it’s ugly head out.  As Christians, Christ calls us to truth especially when it comes to sin.  As soon as we can get our sin into the light of God’s grace the sooner we can begin to heal.

 

We All Have A Grand Jury Report

God, you know every sin I’ve committed; My life’s a wide-open book before you.” – Psalm 69:5 (MSG)

At the heart of this scandal is the Grand Jury report that details all of the testimonies of the alleged victims.  It’s a detailed description of each of the offenses that are facing this former coach.  As difficult as it is to read, the report that details our sin that God will read at our judgment will be even harder to stomach.  Our only hope of surviving this list of offenses is through the Grace of Jesus Christ that deletes our transgressions.

 

Victims Do Not Go Unnoticed By God

“Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.” – Proverbs 28:5

Lost in the chaos of this story have been the voices of the victims.  For years these young boys have remained silent in fear, shame, hurt, and anger.  The accused was a man they trusted and gave their respect only to have that abused in more ways than one.  Although hidden in the darkness for so long God was not unaware.  He is a God of love and mercy, but He is also a God of justice.  One day we will all stand in account for the sins we have committed and at that time justice will be handed down.  For those that are apart from Christ that just punishment will be given to them for eternity.  For those of us that are adopted children of Christ, our punishment was taken by Christ unjustly on the cross and we will receive the eternity we don’t deserve in heaven.

 

Forgiveness Will Need To Happen

“But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.” – Psalm 130:4

Even though the thought of forgiving in a time like this seems audacious and even insane, it needs to happen.  We should be quick to remind ourselves though that the forgiveness is not for the person receiving the forgiveness but for the person granting it.  Forgiveness is relinquishing the control the other person has on you by granting them an underserved gift of grace. Forgiveness frees us from the anger and sin that comes with holding onto our pain and drenches us with the love of God.
 

God’s Gift of Grace and Forgiveness Is For All

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”  – 2 Peter 3:9

We are just as much of a sinner as Jerry Sandusky and we need God’s grace.  Even as horrible and unthinkable these allegations are, our sin is just as disgusting to God.  We need the Grace that only Jesus’ death on the cross, burial, and resurrection can provide just as much as anyone.  In heaven there will be former murders, adulterers, thieves, and on and on it will go, but the common thread we will all have with them is the love of Jesus.  A love that wipes the sin slate clean and covers it with the blood of Christ.

I pray that as we watch and scrutinize this case over the next months and years we can remember to pray for all involved even Sandusky.  Pray that the Light that blinded a murdering man like Saul and transformed him into the Christ following man of God Paul can work that same miracle.  Pray that the healing hands that touched lepers and blind men can touch the lives of the victims.  Finally, pray that we as Christians stand up in times like these and show what true Christians should act like.  Ones filled with the Spirit of God that judges slowly and loves quickly to all involved.

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