If you haven’t heard what is happening at Penn State University and its legendary coach Joe Paterno, nice to see you crawling out from under your rock somewhere. It is all over the news! It’s crazy here in PA.
As a dad of four, I am always looking at life through the lens of “teaching moments.” This is a big one. As we are watching TV and listening to the dialogue, I am wondering and asking the Lord to help me decipher the lessons I can glean from this situation. Because people are already asking, tweeting, texting me, “What do you think? Do you agree with how Joe Pa was treated? What’s your stand on what has transpired?”
Let me say this, the charges brought against Jerry Sandusky for his alleged behavior are inexcusable, they are gross, they are disgusting. My heart breaks for those boys and their families who have been victimized and have lived through a horrible nightmare of epic proportions. If these charges on Jerry Sandusky are true, thank the Lord an monster has been removed from our society.
But last night (November 9, 2011) Joe Paterno, the head coach, was fired. In the eyes of my teenage son, 1) Joe Pa didn’t do anything wrong, he is not even part of the investigation. 2) Jerry Sandusky was no longer on Joe Pa’s coaching staff when this was reported so why is Joe Pa being punished, and 3) Coach Paterno told the authorities above him. Drew said, “Dad, I don’t understand why Joe Pa was fired. He didn't do anything wrong."
What would you say? The lesson I taught him was eerily similar to a lesson I learned years ago from a classic 1992 movie called, “A Few Good Men.”
This post is already too long ... I’ll tell you tomorrow.