Jerry Sandusky and the Justice of God

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

On November 4, 2011, a grand jury[17] which had been convened in September, 2009, or earlier,[6] indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys. The indictment came after a three-year investigation that explored allegations of Sandusky having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old boy over the course of four years, beginning when the boy was ten years old. The boy’s parents reported the incident to police in 2009.[18] A grand jury identified eight boys that had been singled out for sexual advances or sexual assaults by Sandusky, taking place from 1994 through 2009.[19] At least 20 of the incidents allegedly took place while Sandusky was still employed at Penn State.[20] Attorney Joseph Amendola represented Sandusky.[6]
On November 5, 2011, Sandusky was arrested and charged with seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; eight counts of corruption of minors, eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, seven counts of indecent assault; and other offenses.[21] Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz (who oversaw the Penn State police department) were charged with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse by Sandusky.[22][23]
According to the indictment , in 2002 assistant coach Mike McQueary, then a Penn State graduate assistant,[24] said he walked in on Sandusky anally raping a ten-year-old boy. The next day, McQueary reported the incident to Paterno, who informed Curley. Ultimately, it is alleged, the only actions Curley and Schultz took was to bar him from bringing children to the football building, take away his keys to the locker room, and report the incident to Second Mile; these actions were approved by school president Graham Spanier.[25] The indictment accused Curley and Schultz not only of failing to tell the police, but also of falsely telling the grand jury that McQueary never informed them of the alleged sexual activity.[26] -Wikipedia

You’ve probably heard by now about Joe Paterno, Penn State’s head football coach, who was fired over his connection with this Jerry Sandusky case.

If Sandusky’s actions weren’t troubling enough, the depth of corporate injustice in this case is horrifying. The fact that the university administration knew about these incidents and continued to cover them up for the sake of its brand is not only legally abysmal but morally sickening. The man rapes and sexual abuses child after child, and the administration responds by taking his keys away, like a customer at the bar who has had one too many to drink? Repulsive. Disgusting. Angering.

Why do these emotions well up within us when we hear of cases like this one? Is it not because God placed in us a sense of justice, a sense of nobility in protecting the most valuable rights of helpless young people? We understand the trauma and emotional scarring that will continue for the rest of those children’s lives, and subsequently we clench our fists at the perversion and corruption of a man who would inflict such lifelong distress.

If we experience such intense hatred of sin and longing for justice when we hear these stories, can you imagine what God’s heart must sense? We feel this way from time to time as we are informed of scandals. But God in his omnipotence sees every case of rape and abuse that ever has transpired and that is likely transpiring somewhere in the world as I type this sentence. If I were a father and I found out a man was sexually abusing one of my children, it would take an immense amount of God’s grace for me not to go to that man’s house and beat him senseless and to instead let the courts carry out justice. If we humans feel so passionately for the necessity of retribution, how much more is God’s holy anger kindled with every passing act of injustice?

One day all things will be made right. Either those horrific sins will be retroactively placed on Jesus through repentance, or violators will experience the full dose of God’s unrestrained anger. Can we propose a more just solution? I think not.

Psalm 140:12
“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.”

Acts 17:30-32
“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

Leviticus 19:15
“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”
(The administration should have heeded this one instead of favoring Sandusky for his status!)

Isaiah 1:17
“Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”

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