Larry Nassar is going down. The doctor who used his position as the USA gymnastics physician to sexually assault hundreds of girls has been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. The judge then drove the point home: “I just signed your death sentence,” she told Nassar. Sixty-eight women–some who earned gold medals in the Olympics–shared their stories. We are often content hearing about evil, but you should read some of the girls’ testimonies. Sometimes the heart needs breaking. The toll on these girls’ lives was staggering. One quit gymnastics and turned to drugs. Several have since committed suicide. Another girl had told her mom and dad, who refused to believe her. The family broke apart. When her dad finally learned that his daughter had been telling the truth for all these years, he ended his own life out of shame. There was plenty of anger, too. After Nassar brought a Bible and asked for forgiveness, one victim said she never would forgive him. “Enjoy Hell,” she quipped. But several Christians, like Rachael Denhollander, went the other way: “If you have read the Bible you carry, you know forgiveness does not come from doing good things…. It comes from repentance which requires facing and acknowledging the truth about what you have done in all of its utter depravity.” Jennifer Rood-Bedford added: “Dr. Nassar, I want you to know that I pray for you…. You can choose to be a better man, and to be a different person…. Seek Him and find that.” These girls were leading their abuser to the cross. Yet Denhollander also had words that sounded like they were fit for the final judgment: “When a person can harm another human being, especially a child, without true guilt, they have lost the ability to truly love. Larry, you have shut yourself off from every truly beautiful and good thing in this world that could have and should have brought you joy and fulfillment, and I pity you for it. You could have had everything you pretended to be. Every woman who stood up here truly loved you as an innocent child, real genuine love for you, and it did not satisfy.” Is God’s healing love enough for you? What more could you want?

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