My friend, may I ask you a question? Can fairness go too far? Are Christians to be “fair” under every circumstance no matter what? In a perfect world everything would be fair. But, in the imperfect world that we live in, is that the way things are?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Fairness. We live in a society that is fixated on it. Everything must be equal and fair or there may be a lawyer to pay or a stiff fine to pay. A local shopping mall was recently having trouble protecting its shoppers from gangs of youths who fre- quented the mall. Over a period of years there had been numerous car thefts, hold-ups, mugging and vandalism. It had gotten to such a state that customers were beginning to avoid the mall. The ownership took action and made a rule that any young person under certain age could not enter the mall between certain designated hours unless accompanied by a parent. Sounds like a fair rule? No more than a couple of weeks had passed and there was a lawsuit. The mall was not being “fair” to children under a certain age. It now finds itself facing a court challenge to a rule that was implemented to protect it customers. But, we must be fair!

Can fairness go too far? Are Christians to be “fair” under every circumstance no matter what?

Here’s a thought from C.S. Lewis: “I can’t conceive how we would get through the boredom of this world in which we live if we never met anyone more clever, or more beautiful, or stronger than ourselves. The fans that follow after sports celebrities and film stars know better than to desire that kind of equality . . . The demand for equality has two sources; one of them is noble, the other is not. The noble one is the desire for fair play. But the other source is the hatred of superiority. {paraphrased} (God in the Dock, ‘The Grand Miracle’ [1945].)

The Bible tells us that “time and chance happen to everyone (Ecclesiastes 9:11). In other words, fairness in this life is hit and miss. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. In a perfect world everything would be fair. But, in the imperfect world that we live in, that’s not the way things are. As Christians we should strive to be fair to everyone, to promote “fair play”, as Lewis put it. But to demand that everyone be treated the same because we are all equal would be unreasonable. There will always be someone who can do something better than I can or has skills I don’t have. No matter what I do, I can’t change that nor do I want to. Fairness for the sake of good is biblical. Fairness for the sake of equality is tyranny.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord life often doesn’t seem very fair. We watch others succeed and we always seem to fail. We experience setbacks in our jobs, health and family life, while others seem to cruise along without any problems at all. Worse yet, our life often seems headed for uncertainty, even turmoil and possible danger, while others around us seem so safe and secure. It doesn’t seem fair or just to us when we weigh our lives in the balance of hurt verses comfort or hardship verses ease. Why is that Lord? We know that You never said that life would be fair and balanced that way, yet that is hard for us to accept. Forgive us Father when we despair and don’t allow time and faith to reveal Your divine plan for us. Even hardship, sorrow and misfortune are given for good if these prosper Your will. Remind us daily that our lives exist in the balance of Your will, not our longings. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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