The recent grand jury indictment of the Pennsylvania State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has ignited a fierce emotional response from the student body, faculty and the nation. We must first remember that in this nation, a person is innocent until proven guilty. Secondly, if Mr. Sandusky is guilty of this horrific crime, we must refrain from passing judgment on him. There will be time for him to face God for the sins he has committed. Lastly, as a nation we need to learn from this tragedy and recognize how lacking our country is with regard to: honor, integrity and the basic morals our great nation was founded on.
Arguably, the alleged victims in this incident were let down by the lack of honor among those involved, knew or suspected what had allegedly occurred. What does it mean to you to have honor? Is honor relevant to you and how you live your life from day to day? Honor is fairness, integrity and belief in one’s actions. The Lord wants us not only to live a life of honor, but to rely on Him for the strength and fulfillment of that honor: “My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my rock, my refuge” (Psalm 62:7). Who in your life do you consider honorable? Are you living honorably?
A person cannot have honor without integrity. It can be argued that assistant coach Mike McQueary, the witness to the alleged rape, lacks adherence to moral and ethical principles; integrity. McQueary has failed the victim, Penn State and himself by not reporting to the police. It is not our place to judge others but it should be every one’s moral obligation to report criminal activity to the highest authority for the sake of protecting the victim and others.
The same standard of ethics and morals can be applied to the mob of students who participated in the riots after learning of Paterno’s dismissal and to the outraged citizens who are issuing McQueary death threats. When we learn something that angers us our initial reaction is to lash out. This is especially true when an injustice has taken place. Thankfully, we can apply the teachings of Jesus to our lives that will guide is to react to situations in a manner that is pleasing to Him. In John 8:1-7, Jesus was teaching at Mount of Olives when a woman accused of adultery is brought to him. When the people asked Jesus about punishing the accused women, his reply was simply “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Who are we to judge others when we also fall short of the perfect example that was set by Jesus?
To live a life with honor, integrity and morals is pleasing to God. “For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see His face” (Psalm 11:7). Are you living “upright”? Do you see God’s face clearly or is your vision blurred? Take steps right now and make the needed changes in your life to live a life of honor, integrity and morals.
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