When football is not God…

…i heartbreaking in many ways. This morning I awoke to the news that the 46 year career of head football coach Joe Paterno has ended abruptly. While I am not particularly a Penn State fan – I have been a fan of Joe Paterno for many years. He is a class act: arguably one of the best football coaches ever, but more than that – he has insisted that his students study and graduate, and he insists on high moral standards. However, the harm that has been done to children within the Penn State family is unconscionable. Mr. Paterno, apparently, was in a place to have stood up for the (younger) children and did not. My feelings are sadly mixed.

In the Presbyterian Church USA Book of Order we are bound by what we call the Great Ends of the Church. The second of these is: The shelter, nurturer, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God. I believe this involve more than just teaching. We are charge to protect our children from evil; and the evil of sexual predators is some of the worst evil of all. As I said – my feelings are mixed. But if I have to choose between football and the safety of children – I will always take the children.