It is now officially college football season. Saturday’s are no longer empty days to do chores around the house, they are dedicated to watching football while I do chores around the house. But one blemish has already marred this college football season. Yeah, this is another blog post about the Penn State scandal. However, this post differs because I haven’t heard anyone say they want to see Penn State lose this year.
I’m looking forward to cheering against the Nittany Lions.
You see, for those unfamiliar, late last year a child molestation scandal came out and one of the Assistant football coaches was charged. Joe Paterno, the longtime and much loved coach at Penn State, had known about the crimes, but simply told his superiors and went on his way.
The NCAA decides to rain down heavy punishment on Penn State. And more people than I can count have talked about how over the top those punishments were. Now the Nittany Lions are back out there on the field, just 9 months after the whole scandal.
I hope that those involved with the whole situation find forgiveness, grace, peace, and reconciliation. But I hope Penn State doesn’t win a game this year. Maybe it would serve as a reminder that some things are more important than college football. What do I make of this?
Can I as a Christian pray for the Sandusky family, the Paterno family, and all their victims; meanwhile cheering whenever Penn State loses a game?
What does that say about my heart? Do I take out my ill feelings on a bunch of kids playing on Saturday? I don’t know what Jesus would do about the football team, but I know he would intercede for those involved with this whole tragedy. Maybe I should just start there for now.