From Jeff Munroe
All is right with the world: the NFL has brought back their regular referees. A week ago the hallowed halls of the institution I serve were aflame because of the injustice wreaked on the Green Bay Packers by the NFL’s replacement referees. Now life has moved on.
But what did we learn from it?
I for one reflected on John Calvin and specifically Calvin’s third use of the law. (Alas, I fear I may be the only one inspired to think about Calvin. I told the distinguished Calvin scholar Dr. I. John Hesselink that I was going to write about the NFL referee imbroglio and John Calvin and he looked at me like I’d suggested we fly to Mars for the weekend.)
You remember the three uses of the law, don’t you? Use number one is to convict us of our sinfulness and need for salvation. Number two is as a deterrent to those who have no regard for rectitude and justice. In other words, contemplating the punishment may prevent someone from sin. Third is as a guide to righteous living for those in whom the Spirit already reigns.
But for all three to work, you have to believe there is a judge. You have to believe someone is watching.