The rules governing athletic events are established in advance. Players do not change them to suit themselves. Anyone who attempted to do so would rightfully be ridiculed.

The rules of life cannot be changed at will, either. God has established moral standards for the good of man, and man rejects them only to his own detriment.

History is filled with stories of men and of nations who have thought themselves above God. They have learned to their dismay that “God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7, RSV).

The most recent attempt to cast aside God’s moral absolutes is a movement advocated even by some within the Church—“situational ethics.” In this view, man determines his behavior, not according to any precepts of God’s revealed truth, but according to his own evaluation of the situation in which he finds himself at any given time.

Let us suppose for a moment this cavalier disregard for rules were applied to sports.

First, let’s look at a baseball game. With a player on first and one out, the batter hits a sharp grounder to short. Cleanly fielded—a throw to second and relay to first and the umpires signal both players “out.”

But a rhubarb starts immediately. The batter claims he hit the ball so hard it should have been fumbled, while the runner thrown out at second yelled that he had made a perfect hook slide, even if the ball did get there ahead of him.

Despite their beefing, a perfect double play has been executed. No amount of arguing can change the umpires’ decisions.

Now on to a football game. The fall classic between Yale and Harvard is under way. The ball is snapped from center and a draw play develops. The left end darts down the field, feints, and hooks back. At that moment the quarterback ...

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