This week the names were released of the 13 members who will make up the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. If you’re not familiar with college football, they have never had playoffs for “major” universities, just the smaller schools.
In the NFL the process is much easier: the top four teams from each division make up the 16-team playoff. College football has had a tricky time arriving at this point. Bowl games are major money makers (as in billions of dollars), and for years the Associated Press would vote on their National Champion. The Coaches’ Poll also voted on a National Champion. They usually elected the same team, but other years there were Co-Champions.
Then there was the BCS era. The Bowl Championship Series used human polls, computer rankings, strength of schedule, margin of victory, a little pixie dust, and a gallon of unleaded gas to crown its champ.
And now enters the playoff era. The problem is that only 4 teams will make the playoffs, so like with the BCS, teams will be left out and feel cheated. So the criticism has been that 13 people should not get to decide the fate of football’s highest honor.
I’ve heard similar complaints from people who don’t want God to be their Judge. “Is it all up to Him whether I go to heaven or hell?” Remember what Abraham said of the Lord in Genesis 18:25:
“Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Of course He will. He is good and fair. We don’t need to worry about God doing His part; we just need to make sure that we are ready for our judgment day. God’s selection process is much simpler than college football. Make Jesus your Lord and you are in.