Let me admit: I’m not really a football fan (gasp!). I can watch it live, but on TV? It’s not really my thing.
But this is Texas! And you can’t just get away with not hearing about, absorbing, and talking about football. Here in Austin, it’s all about the Cowboys and Longhorns. But mostly the Longhorns (hook ’em!).
However, I know several Penn State fans. I mean, how could you not? They’re all over the country.
And one thing that fans comment on over and over again, besides the talent and success of the Penn State football team, is Joe Paterno. Fans I know don’t usually mention his coaching skills first (although they are undoubtedly good). What I am used to hearing is something like this: I like Paterno because he has integrity. He’s a stand-up guy. That’s why he runs a good team.
And now, Paterno is in the works to leave his long tenure at Penn State amidst allegations that he ignored evidence about another staff member abusing young boys.
Here’s the thing: we want so desperately to see a real person who is perfect, does no wrong, makes wise choices.
Why? Because we are made to worship. And we would much rather worship the created than the Creator.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (Romans 1:25, NETBible)
I know because I do it, too. As an actor, over the years, I have selected my choice actor. “I like him. Not only is he a brilliant artist, but he has stuck with his wife for 30 years/is a Christian/doesn’t do gratuitous sex scenes/whatever.” And then what happens?
They let me down. Every.single.time.
And they always will. Even Paterno. Even me. Even your pastor.
I hope that we will look at the men and women in our lives that we hold up on a pedestal and realize that “for you are dust, and to dust you will return” (Gensis 3:19 portion). Only the Creator remains forever. Only He deserves our worship.