It has become an annual event that is almost as dependable as the turning of the calendar from November to December–the annual hue and cry that goes throughout the land over the unfairness of the BCS bowl system. Michigan to the BCS over the MSU Spartans that beat them? Unfair! Virginia Tech going to the BCS over Kansas State? Unfair! Any Big East team going to the BCS at all? Unfair! An LSU versus Alabama rematch as the national championship game? Unfair! This argument, by the way, will likely continue through the bowl season and beyond, even coloring the off-season as well. Of course, the BCs system was not designed to be fair to any and all of the top teams. It was designed to match #1 against #2 in order to try and crown a national champion. So, this year it has done that (although Oklahoma State may want to offer their own cry of unfair at that). Unfairness is a part of life, and college football bowl selections are not immune to that reality. Unfairness is part of the human condition.
But there is one area where we tend to be pretty grateful for unfairness. From the human perspective it must be acknowledged that it was utterly unfair that the sinless Son of God should pay the price for the sins of a lost world. But He did. Peter wrote:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
That’s not fair… That is grace. The grace of God that was extended to us through the gift of His Son allows us to have forgiveness and relationship that we do not deserve because Christ took the punishment for our sins… Punishment that He did not deserve. It may seem unfair, but it is the ultimate expression of the love of the Father to people who are undeserving of that love. This is the one area of unfairness that we can truly celebrate!
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain