Thoughts on Penn State

I know that everyone is weighing in on their thoughts about the Penn State child abuse scandal. I thought I would as well, since that is what a blogging is about.

We can talk about the deceitfulness of sin, which would be appropriate in this situation since the school’s administration thought they could ignore it. You cannot. Sin will continue to grow in your life unless you repent from it and turn to Christ for salvations and guidance. The writer of Hebrews warned us about this:

Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.

I doubt that Coach Joe Paterno ever had thoughts like those above. He knew that what was taking place was wrong, but refused to address the issues. He refused to do what is right and turn the sex offender into the appropriate officials. The sin continued to festered and now Coach Paterno’s legacy is tarnished forever. I wonder if he was trying to protect his legacy by not doing what was right. I don’t know what went through his mind when he was told about the sex offender in his midst. Maybe he just didn’t want to deal with it. Maybe he was worried about what it would do to the program. After all, Coach Paterno had one of the cleanest programs in the country and was known for being clean. That reputation is now gone. Sure, they obeyed the laws of the NCAA, but ignored the greater laws of state and God’s Law. Now… this…

I have to admit that I am saddened by it. Of all the schools in the Big 10, Penn State was always one of my favorites because of Coach Paterno. He ran a clean program. That says a lot. But failed in one area. No, I don’t condemn him. He may not have believed the charges brought against the coach in question. Who knows. But this is truly sad. Allow me to quote fellow pastor, friend and Penn State grad Peter Hatton:

I feel like since many of my southern friends only association with PSU is through me that I should issue a statement – It is a sad day for all Penn Staters – I’m saddened most of all for the children & their families and how the devastation of these kids lives could’ve been prevented – I’m saddened that Paterno’s legacy is tarnished – I understand the Board’s decision. But let this be a lesson for all of us what is in the human heart & why we need a Savior – we are more concerned about preserving our lives than we are sacrificing for the interests of others. We build our own kingdoms rather than living for God’s. Jesus laid aside His glory FOR our benefit. You cannot put your trust in man – trust in Jesus everything He does is for the glory of His Father & the benefit of others. Philippians 2:5-11

All this shows that there is no realm of life that is not tainted by sin. No football program, no school, no human institution. This is why we cannot ignore the Triune God in all these realms. The sad truth of sin that plagues us personally, plagues those institutions as well. Therefore, we should bring those institutions under the word of God, just as we do with our own hearts.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.