fairness

Fairness, by definition means, the state, condition, or quality of being  fair, or free from bias or injustice; even-handedness (dictionary.com). 

In my life I find many people who seek fairness for everyone and every situation.  But with this fairness there is no room for grace or mercy.  It’s a justice mentality- getting just what you deserve for your actions.  No, second chances, no benefit-of-the-doubt, just a pass/fail mentality.

That’s one of the reasons the Pharisees were so upset with Jesus. He came and challenged their thinking. Jesus gave grace, forgave sins, healed sickness and disease, and showed mercy. From the Pharisees’ point-of-view, if there was any sickness or disease or infirmity of any kind, it was due to a sin in the person’s life or even in their parents’ life.  Their belief system was set in Old Testament law which operated on the Justice game board.

Then Jesus comes.  And He says, “I didn’t come to get rid of the Law, but to complete it.” In other words, the view that it is Law only is not the only way, there is more to the equation.  The Law of Moses and the Prophets is, in a sense, there to show that we cannot measure up, that we need grace. We need second chances and third chances and sometimes 400 hundred chances to finally get things changed.

We often hear children cry out, “It’s not fair!”  But is that what we want?  Do we really want fairness? Fairness is dangerous. It’s what creates societies of people who believe they deserve things they haven’t earned- just because the people in that society draw breath or show up.

Fairness does not grow bravery and courage, fairness does not develop strong character and the strength to know and act on right versus wrong, or defend the weak.  Fairness grows selfishness and a sense of entitlement.

Jesus never spoke of fairness.  He did speak of giving when there was need, of serving others, holding up others as more important than ourselves (selflessness).  He spoke about seeking God’s plan and purpose for our lives, not our own selfish ways.  And most of all, He spoke about how this world would have troubles (John 16:33). In other words, this world is not going to be fair.  But to remember that the Triune God is in charge and all things will come out right in the end.

A life of Fairness is not a life I want to live– a life of Faithfulness on the other hand; that kind of life is worth living every single day.

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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