In the news today is the story of an enraged father lunging at the “pedophile doctor” who molested his daughters. I couldn’t watch the video without getting tears in my eyes. How betrayed the entire family must feel. I can’t imagine that there are many feelings worse than knowing your children were abused by someone that you trusted.
They entrusted this man as a professional to help their daughters become top gymnasts, like so many other families. He betrayed that trust in the worst possible way.
What stands out to me is the ripple effects of this one mans actions. So far 140 women have come forward. There are likely many more that were affected.
This one man used his tremendous influence and impact on so many lives for evil.
He is now facing spending the rest of his life in prison. Maybe even worse, being completely exposed for the disgusting monster that he is. Even beyond that, he is going to have to deal with the wrath of a righteous God.
“It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17:2
But on the flip, though one person can have such a negative affect- what impact can a godly person have? Someone who is determined to use the impact and reach they have for good? You can see the massive negative impact this one man had. Let’s determine not only to not do harm but to leave a legacy and heritage of blessing, joy and love in our wake. Let’s use whatever reach we have to be spiritual defenders of the weak. Let’s determine to do what God calls us to stand in the gap for them in prayer and deeds.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that through the power of your Holy Spirit, that you would lead these young women and their families on a path to healing and freedom in forgiveness. I pray that any other predators currently getting away with similar crimes would be exposed. I even prayer for Larry Nassar, that you would bring him to a place of true broken repentance. That he would grasp the enormity of his sin and the irreparable harm he has caused and truly grieve. Amen.”