In an article by Nathalie Himmelrich Gates quote for her title, “life isn’t fair, get used to it!” While most parents have passed on this message to their children, amidst life’s storms its hard to accept this reality. During a scene from Remember the Titans, the fix was in as officials threw a penalty on almost every play earlier in the first quarter against the Titans. Unwilling to see his team go down in defeat, defensive coordinator Bill Yoast, played by Will Patton, threatens to go to the local News Papers if the game isn’t called fair during a timeout.
Unfortunately, Detroit Lions fans didn’t have Coach Yoast on their sidelines as a 5 minute portion of the 4th Quarter in Sunday’s NFL game at Dallas verse the Cowboys had a similar feel. On a 3rd down and 1 on the Cowboys side of the field, officials called a pass interference on the defense, giving the ball in field goal range at worse for Detroit. Without any warning, the call was reversed after it was announced leaving Detroit Lions players scratching their heads. Beside this non call, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant ran halfway on to the field, without a helmet, yelling at the official who threw the flag. According to the rules, this too should have been a penalty, making it first down for the Lions inside the Cowboys 20 yard line. However, officials succumb peer pressure, causing citizens of Detroit to start singing the blues.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. – Isaiah 40:8
Although the world is inconsistent, especially in regards to sports officiating, the Bible remains firm. Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18 continues to warn its readers, past and present, about adding and subtracting from this Holy Book. I’m not sure what the future holds, but justice was not carried out today on a gridiron in Texas. In the end, God is the ultimate judge who will hold individuals accountable for their actions, Matthew 12:36. As for Lions fans, may God provide some type of comfort in the near future so today’s bitter taste of defeat will be removed.
by Jay Mankus