Saturday, September 12, 2009

Letting the devil in

I cringe when I hear the phrase,“I let the devil in.” It is usually followed by a horrific admission of guilt. Pastor Jody Lusk knows the phrase. He used it to explain his kidnap and rape of a 13-year-old girl.

"Me being a Christian, I know how the devil works. He attacks your weaknesses, he knows where he can get you,"

Lusk has admitted his crime. He realizes his mistake and will take responsibility for his actions. He will spend a few hard years in prison. He will need to toughen up. Teary eyed former pastors fall under the category of new meat in prison.

What is odd about this story is that Lusk has buyers remorse. He realized that trading his life, wife, and children for a sexual encounter with a child was not a good trade. The remorse for what he’s lost permeates his every sentence.  I feel sorry for Pastor Lusk’s family, and his victim.

Perhaps it is just the language of religion that drives people to blame their problems on imaginary supernatural actors. The real cause mundane. Pastor Lusk is a pedophile with an impulse control problem.

Lusk released a statement. It is full of god talk and preaching. This line caught my eye.

I think about the young lady I had the affair with and hope she will be okay and that she can renew her commitment to God.

Why did he neglect to ask his victim for forgiveness? Why did he focus on her walk with god instead of her mental wellbeing? The damage he inflicted on this young girl is enormous. The full impact will not be known for years. His priorities are screwed up. He is more worried about what he has lost then the damage he’s inflicted on an innocent your girl. He’s trying to get right with God before he gets right with his victim.

Pastor Lusk worked at the Auburn Church of Christ in Kentucky.