Sunday, September 03, 2006

Instant replay

I really like what they're doing in the US Open tennis tournament. They've introduced "electronic review technology" which allows players to challenge calls by the line judges. Each player gets two opportunities per set to challenge calls. When a player challenges a line call, if he's right and the call was wrong, the player keeps his two challenges. If he's wrong and the call was right, he loses one of his challenges. It's fun to watch the electronic replay and see whether the player "wins" the challenge. I think the whole thing appeals to our desire to prove the official wrong and beat the "system."

The only thing is, it appears that the line judge is almost always right. As I write this, according to the US Open website the best day for challengers so far was August 31, but only 8 of 23 challenges went the players' way (a 35% return). During his matches Andre Agassi challenged 8 times, but won only two of them. The most successful challenger so far is Benjamin Becker (who beat Agassi today). He challenged 3 calls in that game and was right every time.

Wouldn't it be cool if we could say "challenge" whenever we didn't like something that happens to us, and we could make God move things in a better direction for us?

On the other hand, isn't that what we do every time we complain and doubt His providence?

God is the perfect "line judge," and if we challenge Him we'll never win. I think that's what Job learned. He thought he could challenge God's officiating in His life, but at the end of the book, Job says: "Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know" (Job 42:3).

In other words, life is not a tennis tournament.

1 comment:

Matt said...

So true - the one thing I really DONT need from God is justice.