Penn State Made a Mistake Yes, But...
We are Penn State
I am a Pennsylvania girl, born and raised. So here goes, I feel a need to reflect on the Penn State scandal. I must begin with the fact that I do agree and understand the importance of holding the powers that be accountable for their part in this scandal. I am also aware of the devastating imprint this cover-up has made on many. It is a most serious and sadly life-changing issue that will impede lives, for years to come. I am completely sympathetic to the utter disgrace these actions made by those entrusted with the education of our future workforce and leaders have made. This horrible neglect and covering of abuses of young people are in a word, wrong!
I am, however, equally distraught that we continue to destroy the lives of many young people following their own new found dreams in the wake of this storm. I would never condone the actions of leaders who denied the need to act and act quickly to protect innocent victims. I just find it heart-wrenching because those that were involved have been addressed. The courts have spoken; the sinner is paying his price. Those that had a part in these sins, by omission, or blatant ignorance, have met with their punishments. And Joe Pa has passed from this life, his reputation is in ruin, his family and previous students are in pain.
This last point saddens me. I suppose you could say I have very mixed feelings about how this was handled. Yes, Joe Pa was part of the disgrace, but he was also not the physical offender and he did much for the students and future of those attending Penn State. He was also a big part of the school becoming a unified family with strength and spirit. I do not believe in any way he was blameless, but he suffered a great attack and even the greatest of sins should be forgiven.
Never should they be repeated or not addressed, but, to continue to make innocents suffer is again in a word, wrong. I find it an additional disgrace to punish more young people for the fault of the older generations, errors.
Forgiveness is Key to a Future of Hope
I also know the importance of not allowing such a serious offense remembered as it had a serious impact on the past, present, and future. As it is a stain that has impacted many lives.
But, we are still impacting the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of innocents that had dreams of attending Penn State. They had football dreams from the youngest of ages. They worked tirelessly to prepare for a chance to be on a football team in their college years. Now, these students who have warranted a scholarship or option to further their life goals by means of football or for that matter an accredited institution is in serious upheaval.
These kids deserve a chance some are affected by the loss of even the smallest of financial support. In some cases, the dream of an education is taken away if a school's accreditation is under consideration or removed, as it may be the only school available to them. Why is it in any way fair to make more young people suffer?
Why are we not aware that even with sin's of a part, it is possible to forgive? It is important to remember, and it is necessary to heal and move on. This remains an issue that is damaging future lives and in a final word, it continues to be wrong.
Our God is a forgiving God, He is the final judge and He has forgiven you. We can learn from Him. We must allow the future to heal in His love and we can create a new Penn State once again with integrity. So many have come from this institution and they are Christians changing the world in their daily walks. Here is to hoping we allow more students to learn and grow, after all, God doesn't want us all in one place, we have work to do, for Him.
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