Life’s Not Fair—So What Are You Going to do About It?
How often have you heard someone exclaim, “It’s not fair!”?
This lament seems especially prevalent among children and teens. When this complaint is voiced to their parents, the typical response—be it sage or sadistic—is “Life’s not fair.”
It’s true; life’s not fair—and I, for one, am glad.
If life were fair, then we would all go to hell. As less than perfect beings, we all do wrong things upon occasion, some more frequently than others. As a result, we deserve punishment from a holy and just God; we all deserve to go to hell. Justice demands punishment.
Fortunately, life is not fair. The God of the Bible offers mercy to those who follow him. Though fairness demands hell, an eternal death, those who follow Jesus receive something else: heaven, an eternal life.
Thank you God for not being fair, for offering us mercy and grace instead.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.