In every area of life we have governing authorities who’s job is to enforce laws.
In football it’s FIFA. In a wider sense we have tax inspectors, traffic wardens, the police force etc., etc.,
Although they are often unpopular, without these authorities, society would be in chaos -
On the football field, there’s normally an impartial referee who’s trying to maintain fair play. He’s a human. He makes mistakes and yet he is often the most unpopular person on the football field. Why is that? Is there something wrong here? What’s going on?
The referee’s job is to see to it that the rules of the game being kept. He does this is by penalising the team that has broken the rules by awarding a free-
It’s our belief that if we truly value God, we’ll value honesty and fair play because they are values that are important to Him. If we really value our relationships (with our opponents and team mates) above a shallow desire to win a game of football, then there’ll be a difference in the way we play. The competitive edge will be retained, but our matches will be played in a friendly, more enjoyable atmosphere. In this way, we think it ought to be possible for us to play without the need for any referees. There’s no getting around it -
One note though. Without making any excuses, we all need to remind ourselves that we are all flawed people living in a flawed world. However much we desire it, perfection isn’t going to happen -
5. WHY DON’T WE HAVE REFEREES?