The Sunday Message

I happened to read that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert will be sentenced next week on illegal bank structuring charges.

USA Today reports that Hastert, 74, pleaded guilty in October to one count of illegally structuring bank withdrawals, as part of an effort to payoff one of his former student-athletes from his days as a high school teacher and wrestling coach.

It has also been reported that prosecutors allege that Hastert abused or had inappropriate contact with at least five minor boys during his time at Yorkville High School, touching them in the “groin area and genitals” or having oral sex with them. The statutes of limitations have long passed on the alleged sexual misconduct.

Make no mistake about it; if the allegations of abuse are true then Hastert is scum in my books. The interesting part is what was written in some letters of support asking the judge to go easy on Hastert for the illegal bank structuring charge.

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay wrote that Hastert started a Wednesday bible study that the two men took part in and added, “He is a good man that loves the lord. He gets his integrity and values from Him. He doesn’t deserve what he is going through. I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can.”

I am a big believer that people can change their lives. I try to be a forgiving person – but I fail often and I hold grudges. Although Hastert will only be held accountable this week for his part in the illegal bank structuring, I do believe that as a Christian we will have to stand before God and be held accountable for our past actions.

In heaven there are no statute of limitations like there are here on earth.

We can debate Hastert’s integrity and values and applaud him for starting a bible study and for his service to our country. Only God knows what is in Dennis Hastert’s heart.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9 (NIV)

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