A playbook is a manual that contains a team’s strategies and plays. In football, the playbook contains various plans of action for moving the football toward the goal. The opposing team has the responsibility to “read” the players in hopes of figuring out what play they will use so they can prevent the ball from progressing down the field and ultimately take possession of it themselves. If a player doesn’t know the play, or doesn’t correctly run the play, it could mean disaster. As a Christian, one might say that our playbook is the Bible. It has nicely laid out for us our “plays” in life. And when we follow those plays, we find success. But when we do not, setbacks or failures usually follow. There are right and wrong ways to life that are clearly spelled out in our playbook. They are not open to personal opinion or interpretation. We cannot go off and do our own thing, apart from what God has said, and think the play will succeed. We go to the polls this Tuesday. There are issues of life that are clearly spelled out in black and white in the Word of God that cannot be compromised on. It shouldn’t make any difference what a political party says about an issue. What does the Bible say about it. That should be your guide. That should be your “play”. Don’t throw out the playbook on Tuesday when you cast your vote. And if you don’t vote, you will not only lose yardage, you may lose the game.
13 Choose some well-respected men from each tribe who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will appoint them as your leaders.’ Deuteronomy 1:13 (NLT)
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2 (NKJV)
34 Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34 (NLT)
1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)