Brotherhood of darkness or light?

Brotherhood of darkness or light?

College life offers all kinds of groups for students to become part of. Everyone wants to feel connected to others.

1 Peter 4:3-4 NIV
[3] For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. [4] They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

What does the group you attach yourself to live like?
1 Corinthians 15:33-34 NIV
[33] Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” [34] Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

“Timothy Piazza dies in front of his brothers laughing at him”

Prosecutors have filed new charges against members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State, alleging that newly recovered video shows them serving pledge Timothy Piazza excessive quantities of alcohol. The charges filed Monday — which range from involuntary manslaughter to aggravated assault and hazing — rely on surveillance footage taken during the pledge event connected with the 19-year-old’s death.

Piazza received “at least 18 drinks in over 1 hour and 22 minutes,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said at a news conference Monday, and he “never once obtained any of those drinks for himself. Brothers [in the fraternity] were coming up to him and giving him those drinks.”

That same night after the February event, Piazza would drunkenly fall down the stairs and sustain the injuries that led to his death less than two days later.

“When law enforcement initially evaluated the video footage, fraternity brothers led police to believe that the basement cameras had been inoperable on Bid Acceptance Night,” Parks Miller’s office said in a statement. “However, after later examining one of the DVR surveillance boxes, State College Police uncovered evidence that the basement camera footage had actually been manually deleted just as State College Police were poised to take possession of the recording equipment.”

“State College Police sent the box to the FBI, whose agents were able to restore the video from the deleted hard drive,” the district attorney’s office added.

Prosecutors filed charges against 12 members of the fraternity and added to the already-existing charges against five others. “In all,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “25 Beta Theta Pi members now face charges.”

The new allegations mark a significant escalation in a case that has taken several twists since the Dauphin County coroner initially ruled Piazza’s death an accident. In May, a grand jury revised that assessment, calling it “the direct result of encouraged reckless conduct.” As NPR’s Bill Chappell reported at the time, charges were pressed against 18 members of the fraternity, including eight who were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The grand jury document referenced other surveillance footage than the video recovered recently. That previous footage allegedly depicted Piazza, severely under the influence, falling head-first down the stairs at about 11 p.m. and falling again around 5 a.m., hitting his head against a metal railing. At various points in the time between, fraternity brothers allegedly slapped Piazza several times in the face and stomach.

It would be nearly another six hours before an ambulance was called for Piazza, who ultimately died with traumatic brain injuries and a ruptured spleen.

This is a very tragic sad story. Fraternities and sororities all over the country promote family values but many times their way of life promotes drunkenness, drugs, impurity, sexual immorality and all kinds of deeds that lead to regret and shame.

God’s family is a family that protects one another in love. Brotherhood and sisterhood is not just words, they are backed up by behavior!

John 13:34-35 NIV
[34] “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. [35] By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Love always protects,
Chris C


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