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It's football time in Alabama and Tennessee-and everywhere else in the United States. From the pee-wees to the professionals, the pads have been strapped on. American football is a popular sport, arguably more popular in the South than in any other section of the world.

Since the beginning of the game, there have always been "bad calls" by the officials. This writer has witnessed several "errors" in officiating that seemed very blatant. When the tapes are reviewed, there is no other conclusion than that the referees just blew the calls. Did they do it intentionally? Perhaps, but not likely. You see, they are only human, and humans are limited by imperfections. When one's team loses because of an erroneous call, the fan tends to think he has suffered a terrible injustice. (Some have a hard time remembering that it is just a game.)

But enough about football. The real point of this article is not about sports or sportsmanship. What we need to understand is that in this game called life (Paul refers to it as a fight and a race, 2 Tim. 4:7), there is an "official" who never misses a call. And, if you will permit me to follow through with the illustration, when we "review the tape" in the Judgment, each one of us will have to give an account of how we played the game.

God is not just a God, He is a just God (Job 4:17; Prov. 16:11; Isa. 45:21; Rev. 15:3). Nothing is hidden from Him (Heb. 4:13), so He is going to make the right call every time. He has given us the rules of the game. Jesus said, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" (Jn. 12:48). Indeed, the words of the New Testament tell us how to play the game of life, and they are the words by which you and I will be judged. God will not forget the good that we have done (Heb. 6: 10; cf. Mt. 10:42); neither will He overlook the bad (2 Cor. 5: 10; Acts 17:30, 3 1).

In a day of injustices on the sports field, and in life, it seems as though we come to expect, and tolerate, a certain amount of them. We pass it off by saying, "Nobody is perfect," and that is true. At best, we are going to miss the mark sometimes. But, we should never be seduced into thinking that God is like man. We must live our lives with the knowledge that God sees and knows.