I am no football expert, but even I knew they missed the call. The defense player got away with a flagrant foul and the referee missed the call. The entire state of Louisiana feels they have been robbed of the Super Bowl shot.
We could bat this ball around (pun intended) for quite a while--the conspiracy theories are already flying. THAT is not the point of this post. The point--the miracle of the instant replay. This brief encounter was immediately and repeatedly replayed for all the world to witness the injustice done to the Saints. The league recognized the missed call and the coach quickly reported their call. The failure of the Saints to go marching into the Super Bowl is a BIG DEAL and you can bet your bottom dollar it will be the hot topic here deep in the South for some time to come~perhaps years.
I really hate they lost! Why, I already had the menu planned for the giant Super Bowl party we would have enjoyed. Now everyone from the East and West coast will be glued to their television Super Bowl Sunday, but not me. I will go back to my Sunday afternoon activity before this mis-justice occurred. I will assure you of one thing--those watching the game will be shown this clip again. The referee and player have had their careers immortalized by the power of instant replay. Over and over they will be reminded of their missed call.
What IF--our sin was caught on camera! What if it was captured on film and we were vilified before the entire world? These referees will not want to step foot back in the Super Dome. The crowd will be merciless. Why I will not be surprised in someone having to take the fall among the men in black and white. We all know even in conspiracies--there is always a convenient scapegoat. The player who done the deed is certainly guilty but he got away with it~or did he? We will not see instant replays of his brilliant plays ever, but this one flagrant foul will follow him the rest of his life. Because of the instant replay--he is charged and found guilty without mercy or right to counsel. How would you like to be remembered for all time by one missed call or one flagrant foul?
What if there is a giant screen in Heaven and our sins are replayed over and over to remind us of how and how many times we sinned against the Father. It would not be Heaven, but instant play Purgatory. Thankfully we serve a Risen Savior who cast our sins as far as the East is from the West. He remembers not--there is no recording--no reminder--we are seen only through the perfect lens of mercy. We are forgiven--never to be reminded again of our failures--short comings. He will welcome us into Paradise with Him and never bring up our confessed sin. He paid the price for the rights to the film of our sins and they are all on the cutting room floor--forgotten and gone. Thank God for His mercy and grace!