I have been going through some of my writings at my old blog. Although they are not published, I still have access to them. I’ve been so numb to life this past year, I thought that going through things I wrote might make me feel. Through tears, I think it’s working. Here is something I wrote after the Sandusky/ Paterno scandal. I still think it’s important and it’s true:
Most everyone has heard about Penn State and Jerry Sandusky. If not, a quick Google search will bring you up to speed. What Sandusky is accused of is horrifying. It makes us want to shelter our children even more from the horrors of the world. It’s disconcerting when that horror is experienced at the hands of a well respected member of society.
Then there is Joe Paterno. Someone who knew what was going on. It was reported to him. He saw it happen. He turned away.
HE TURNED AWAY.
James 4:17 (NIRV) says So when you know the good things you should do and don’t do them, you sin.
James 4:17 (The Message) says As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.
Many of us have said that wouldn’t be us. We would NEVER turn away like he did. He failed those boys. He failed society.
“If it had been me….”
Well, it IS me.
It is US.
There are starving children in the world. It’s evil.
There are girls being prostituted for first pick through of garbage trucks: FORWARD EDGE It’s wrong.
There are children being sold into slavery: GHANA @CompassionCan It’s heartbreaking.
There are children in foster care, waiting for a forever family.
There are food banks, running dry.
There are elderly, living out their last days/ months/ years, with no one. They are lonely.
There are homeless people, shivering and hungry. A sandwich, a blanket and a word of prayer would go so far.
It’s evil, it’s wrong, it’s heartbreaking, it should never happen. All of these things said in the wake of the Sandusky/ Penn State/ Paterno scandal. I’m not saying those things are wrong to say or think, I’m saying all of it applies to other injustices happening in the world.
You know. I just told you. These are only a FEW of the injustices happening everywhere.
So what are we going to do… now that we know?
Will we turn away?
Or will we do the right thing?
If we turn away, how are we better than Paterno? We see what is happening and we choose to do nothing about it.
We turn away too.
However self serving his reasons were, Paterno had reasons for turning away.
Why do we see what is happening to the least of these:
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
and then we turn away.