Every baseball game, every football or basketball game tends to bring up some questionable calls by umpires and referees.
The instant playback helps us to see the gross errors and mistaken calls that are made. But it's just a game, and the players learn to live with it.
But there is also a game of life. And day after day, you and I see people being hurt. We see injustice and unfairness. The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Many times, bad people are not punished for their evil, and criminals go scot-free. At the same time, there are good people who are unjustly accused, and righteous folks who suffer more than their share.
Where is the justice of this old world in which we live?
Why do the righteous suffer, and the evil prosper?
These are questions as old as time itself.
A good friend of ours puts a unique kind of slogan in his front lawn weekly by careful mowing and trimming of the grass. One week it said, "He's keepin' score!" I like that.
There is an absolutely fair and unimpeachable referee. Not all the scores are settled in this world. Not all the rewards and punishments are meted out during this brief existence.
The Psalmist said it rightly: "The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away." But those who live faithfully -- who walk in righteousness -- are like a tree, planted by streams of living water, and yield fruit in their season. (Psalm 1)
God has his own instant playback. He is not fooled by what some people get away with.
"He's keepin' score," and I'm glad. I may get fouled in the game of life. I may have three strikes on me unfairly, but the Lord knows, and he is my ultimate judge. I'll take my chances with his scorecard.
Francis Guither, a pastor for 46 years, is the author of seven books. Guither is retired and lives in Quincy at Good Samaritan Home with his wife Katharine. His most recent church was Carthage United Methodist.