Jewish Journal

Jerry Sandusky a Christian?

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 17, 2011 | 2:14 pm

Every day, new details related to Penn State and the alleged sexual abuse of young boys by Jerry Sandusky seem to emerge. The Christian Post reported yesterday that Sandusky regularly had attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College, leading the news site to ask: Is Sandusky a Christian?

“You’d have to ask Mr. Sandusky that ... That’s between Mr. Sandusky and God,” said P. Stevens Lynn, senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in State College, Penn., in an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.

“All of us are sinners. All of us fall short of what God expects, and my feeling is that the Christian community thinks that justice needs to be done,” Lynn said about the matter. “The allegations are horrific, and, if proven true, then punishment needs to happen ... but I think, still, we can move toward forgiving as well.”

Like with pedophile priests, it is difficult to imagine Sandusky as a man of God. I’m not judging his heart—just the wicked actions that he stands accused of. Forgiveness is important, but it’s also a lot to ask. Moving toward forgiving will likely be—will understandably be—a very slow process.

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