I feel compelled to write one last post about the College Football Playoff.
One of the more favorable arguments against shifting away from the BCS Championship system to the new four-team College Football Playoff is that under the BCS format the regular season games carried more significance and meaning. The net result of this system, the proponents would argue, is that regular season games would matter. If we moved to a playoff system, as the argument progresses, we would render the regular season meaningless.
I think the events of the past season have blown that line of reasoning to shreds. Instead of rendering the regular season meaningless, the playoff system maintained the importance of the regular season while also providing a thrilling and hotly debated playoff field.
In fact, one might argue that the current playoff system could expand to as many as 8 or 16 teams. The regular season will be just as thrilling (since rankings based on the regular season play will determine the final playoff bracket) and there will always be passionate arguments about who should be in verses who should not be in.
The real question for the leadership in coming years is, “Which teams do you want to be debating in the public square?” Do you want to be debating between #4 and #5, or between #8 and #9, or #16 and #17. Debate will happen and will only serve to highlight the importance of the regular season.
What Can Believers Take Away From This College Football Debate?
This debate highlights a helpful principle: Logic is not a magic bullet. Logic is a tool. Remember:
- some will use logic to aid in arriving at Truth (This is what, Lord willing, local church pastors aim to do).
- Others will use logic to keep people from Truth (This is what Satan did in his conversation with Jesus in Luke 4).
- Some will use logic to make a point, at the expense of a fluid conversation. Typically, we label these folk as “contrarians.”
- Others will use logic to make a difference. This is what Martin Luther, Jane Addams, Elie Wiesel, and Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to do.
Logic is a tool that can be used for good or bad. That is why it is so critical that believers in Jesus Christ increase in loving Jesus with their minds, as well as hearts, souls, strength, and neighbors.