3 True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful?
4 Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him,
“You will be proved right in what you say,
and you will win your case in court.”[b]
5 “But,” some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us?” (This is merely a human point of view.) 6 Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world?
Isn’t it unfair that some people are born rich while others are born poor, some lads are short and others tall, some are naturally talented at doing something and others can’t, or even worse some people are born blind. In conclusion, it seems like life is so unfair. In general, for those who believe in God or a god blame God for supposed disadvantages while those who don’t most of the time call it luck, I guess the big bang had a role to play in that.
When I think of every supposed unfair treatment I have ever encountered, I classify them into natural and societal causes. Where societal causes could be something like a boss treating your unfairly, a hike in price which leads to you spending more money, being cheated to name a few. While natural causes could be you being too short or tall, blind from birth and so on. In societal causes people generally blame the devil who would have caused the supposed evil and then link it to God is some kind of way. A particular biblical example of natural unfairness will be the story of the man blind from birth (John 11:1-9). Whenever we think of a natural disadvantage which we might tag as being unfair remember that it’s for His glory. Usually, there is a glorification attached to that perceived deficiency, there is something you can do with whatever that might be that could shoot you into the realms of a shining star, that is why whatever that might be is where Satan perches. In this story the man was said to have no sin, so also his parents, I believe his story would have been similar to that of Job, where the devil inflicted him with a serious ailment so that he could rebel against God but he didn’t. I thought about the story and thought about the soul winning he would have undertaken, how his already high passion for God would have increased from a man who all he probably knew was begging for arms who now has all he has ever needed; to see the blue skies, to see where he lived, to see his children (If he had any), look at himself in the mirror and see his closest friends all of which we count as normal. If he didn’t rebel against God I don’t want to too. He was an ambassador of the Kingdom of God, a man who had an unwavering faith I am “envious” of.
Furthermore, when we look at our natural unfair disadvantages like I said there is a wonderful reason and a goodly reason for it. Suppose you were scrolling through the news feed on your Facebook timeline and you saw a 4 ft 5” man breaking all the basketball records or a 6 ft 6” man breaking all the basketball records which will you be more inclined to open? Or a man with artificial legs who almost beat or even beats Usain Bolt’s record or a man who almost or beat Usain Bolt’s record, again which will you rather open? Don’t feel that your natural disadvantage is unfair and hence blame God, as Christians, we should follow the path of the restored blind Ambassador;
- Continually work in the path of Christ even though you think that you have been unfairly disadvantaged.
- Don’t be arrogant or doubt the means of your miracle because your day of glorification might come in any form.
- Follow the voice of the Holy Spirit no matter how stupid it might sound.
Unfairness and Fairness cannot be talked about without mentioning good or bad or good and evil which requires some form of judgement. Judgement, in turn, needs to be made based on some form of digested societal morals over time. Good judgement is based on what you have come to know as good and bad judgement is based on what you have come to know as bad. We are able to make judgements based on what we have been fed by society, family, friends, the church and so on which effectively is the society which we lived or are living in. Often times before we make conclusions about whether something or an act is fair or unfair we ask ourselves is this good or bad and whatever the conclusion is from analysing the situation is really our judgement. Our analysis again is really trying to marry the scene to our past experiences and situations or what societal norms might be.
One might want to debate the first point I made about following the path of the restored blind ambassador (Continually work in the path of Christ even though you think that you have been unfairly disadvantaged). One might say it is like working for someone even though the person i.e boss or the entire organisation has treated you unfairly, why on earth should I keep working there? I am sure some heads are already nodding, but what if you only worked 15 hrs a week and you are paid a million pounds a week. Will you still leave the job? I am sure a lot of people will even think they don’t deserve that much and even when they are spoken to harshly they will think they deserve it and might even start to think they are unfair to the company and the boss or bosses. Some people might still be hanging there saying they will still quit, but we all know everyone has a price, for example, a higher amount might make you reconsider your thought. Jesus has paid the ultimate price and the mere fact of saying there is still evil in the world and life is still unfair means that what he is offering is not good enough for you. You want more and have a better idea of what is a fair price to pay for all the unfairness in the world. The point of disagreement, therefore, is somewhat about the magnitude of the price i.e what He has offered is not good enough for what we going through in the world. I liken this to the parable in Matthew 20:1-16.
Like the opening scripture, we cannot be judges as our judgement will always be unfair, even if everyone else is a liar, God’s word is true. I like the way the amplified version puts the second part of the verse “That You may be justified in Your words, And prevail when You are judged [by sinful men].” (Romans 3:4). Therefore, if the society is the basis of your judgement i.e where you have been educated on good and evil you can really never make a good judgement because we all agree that the society is evil. A perfect judge is the one who has an idea of the future; in other words, knows all the possible outcomes because in our shallow mindedness what we perceive as good today might be bad tomorrow and vice versa. A perfect Judge has a strong understanding of reasons for circumstances and in some way would have been in the shoes of the victim to know and understand what they might have felt and the real reasons for their actions. We all have fallen short of perfect judges, the only perfect Judge is God who through Jesus perfected judgement. The only one who can give a fair analysis is God because we all fall short when it comes to distinguishing good and bad. That is why when Jesus left He left us with the Holy Spirit to counsel and guide us really to make sound judgements, outside of the scope of society, based on what we have learnt from within so that we might know good and bad according to His standards and not our corrupt standards. Let us as Christians forget about judging our circumstances but allow God to take control, to lead us in His way for His glorification. I tell you all we will all smile as one big happy family, Shalom!
After the delivery of this post I was inclined to pray this prayer and I am sure some of us might feel the same;
Lord, I am sorry for looking at myself in a way you don’t see me. I am sorry for making wrong judgements about myself, open my eyes to see myself the way you see me. I believe I am wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:4), so who am I to say otherwise. I know whatever I might think might be a disadvantage in my body or circumstances is definitely not, it is just a matter of time, I shall see my glorification. Amen!