Do I think that what he did was ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? Yes. Do I think him being sentenced for life is just? One hundred percent. I think God hates what Sandusky did. I think Jesus weeps with those boys. It hurts that they had to go through that kind of trauma. But you know what? In all the frenzy, something else hurt me too. I saw many Facebook statuses about being so happy Sandusky got convicted—which is understandable. I believe in justice too and I’m glad he’s no longer hurting people. Others were harsher though, saying things like, “There must be a special place because hell isn’t bad enough for people like that.” I believe that Jesus died for Sandusky’s sins. Even though it’s hard, I believe Jesus took the shame of those actions upon himself. I believe that the same evil that is in Sandusky is in me—dare I say it—I believe it is in you too. There is nothing we aren’t capable of apart from Christ. If we choose to live out of our wounds and to slip further away from God and the good he instilled in us, there is no monstrosity out of our bounds. I pray that Sandusky would feel convicted about his unjust actions. But I also pray that he would come in contact with God’s steadfast, irresistible love. I pray that Sandusky would seek forgiveness and God would meet him there and flood him with unconditional love and healing (Sandusky was a victim of abuse himself). I believe that Jesus’ blood is pure enough to wash my dirt and Sandusky’s dirt away. I pray that we would all come to know God deeply and personally experience his love which surpasses all understanding.
What are your thoughts and feelings about this issue?