Former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse. It seriously disgusts me when people allow themselves to become so overwhelmed with lust that they choose to rape innocent victims repeatedly. When people give themselves into lust, it can never be satiated, so the atrocities occur again and again. Some might say, "this isn't lust. this is sick!" Lust is very sick. Lust is sexual desire without purpose and without function. Lust is the desire to satiate the flesh sexually without consideration for the soul of the other person, meaningless sex for the sake of sex. Lust is a form of coveting, and we know what Sandusky coveted. Another sin played a major role in the Penn state scandal - the sin of pride.
Pride contributes to a multitude of sins, and pride lays behind nearly every other sin. Jesus listed pride as a sin that defiles humanity (Mark 7:22). Apostle Peter mentioned "those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. they are presumptuous, self-willed." (2 Peter 2:9-10). I refer to the pride of Graham Spanier, Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, and Gary Shultz because these four men knew about the abuse and allowed it to continue.
"Their inaction likely allowed a child predator to continue to victimize children for many, many years," State Attorney General Linda Kelly said of Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the school's senior vice president for business and finance.
But the problem turned out to be worse than inaction. Inaction presumes wilful ignorance, a desire to belief all is alright.
New documents uncovered from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office indicate that a top Penn State official kept a file about sexual assault allegations against former football coach Jerry Sandusky, and that he and the University president agreed that it would be "humane" to not report Sandusky to authorities. NBC News first reported yesterday that former Penn State president Graham Spanier and vice president Gary Schultz were not only aware of a 2001 allegation that Sandusky has raped a young boy in a school locker room, but they investigated the legal ramifications of the charges and then agreed to spare Sandusky by not turning him into child services.
Spanier and Schultz had a strong sense of pride in their position of authority over Penn State. This pride allowed them to consider themselves superior to the law and superior to the victims. Because of this, they chose to hide the atrocities and allowed the atrocities to continue. Because of their pride, they sought to avoid a public scandal by keeping those lustful sins a secret. Of course, this made the scandal all the worse. Instead of protecting the innocent children, Spanier and Schultz joined together for the sake of pride in a false untarnished image of Penn State, and they joined with Sandusky to shed the blood of children.
"Everyone proud is heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished." (Proverbs 16:5)
"pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly." (Proverbs 16:18-19)
I consider pride to be the worst sin in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal because it permitted Sandusky to shed the blood of many more children. If Spanier and Schultz had humble hearts, then they would have expressed immediate regret to the victims, proving their contrition and sending Sandusky to the prison inmates. Instead, they upheld their pride in their positions and in the false untarnished image of Penn State.
The proud refuse to acknowledge their faults and refuse to apologize or express regret. Every sinner has a sense of pride. Bernie Madoff had his pride. A proud man can order people to pay money to have dinner with him, as though eating with him is an expensive privilege. Pride can take a variety of forms. The Penn State sex abuse cover-ups are the result of pride.
I would be more forgiving if they felt so disgusted that they pretended the abuses were not real, but documents show that they understood very well what was happening, and they sought to hide it from the public. Acts of pride are playing harlotry with one's ego. Coveting the flesh is playing harlotry with the lust from one's body.
"Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the Lord!
Thus says the Lord God: "Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them, surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you..." (Ezekiel 16:35-37)
"I will also give you into their hand, and they shall throw down your shrines and break down your high places." (Ezekiel 16:39)
"they shall also bring up an assembly against you, and they shall stone you with stones." (Ezekiel 16:40)
Pride lends itself to perpetuating a horde of other sins because pride removes fear of punishment. In their haughtiness, the sinners commit more sins because they think they can act with impunity and without consequences for their actions. Sins of pride can take many forms, but all lead to wickedness.
"pride serves as their necklace; violence covers them like a garment. Their eyes bulge with abundance; they have more than their heart can wish. They scoff and speak wickedly." (Psalm 73:6-8)
Pride is what motivated students to bully Karen Klein and then post a video on YouTube titled "Making the Bus Monitor Cry," in which they boasted of their wickedness.
Some of the hateful comments include "If I shove my knife through you, it will be like butter because you're all lard" and "you don't have any family because they killed themselves because you're so fat." When she started to cry, they laughed even more. "Does she miss her twinkies?" And they called her "fat" and "whore" repeatedly. The insults are on the video, and it is much worse than what news journalists wish to report.
If those children had given her the respect she deserved and if they had displayed proper humility to their elders, then they never would have bullied. Instead, those children behaved "exceedingly filled with contempt.... soul is exceedingly filled with scorn with the contempt of the proud." (Proverbs 123:3-4)
If they had loved other people as much as they loved themselves, then they never would have bullied her either. If Spanier and Schultz had behaved with love and humility, then they never would have shed the blood of innocent children. Critics think of humility as low self-esteem, dangerous for individuals. This is not true. Even self-pity and depression are forms of self-obsession, just as pride is self-obsession. Critics think all people should have high opinions of themselves. Should Spanier and Schultz regard highly their crimes? Should the school bullies not suffer consequences for the sake of high self-esteem? Critics accuse Christianity of being an oppressive religion. But consider the Penn state cover-up and the vile abuse by the bullies. Now, consider what happens when the Christian ethics of love and humility are replaced with hate and pride.
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