The Unfair God
By Andrew Froemming
I hope that the title of this journal caught your attention. This week I want to play with the concept of “God’s nature of fairness.” Now before you get concerned that I am sacrilegious take a moment to hear me out. I believe that the Bible shows that God is both Fair and Unfair. Let’s take a few minutes to dig into Scripture and reflect on the nature of God.
The Bible has lots to say about God’s fairness and justice. Romans 6:20–21 says, “For when you were slaves of sin, you lived without regard for righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.” The Bible is very clear that God allows us the freedom to choose who we will serve and what we will believe. He is also very clear that our sinful life earns us an inheritance of death.
In Genesis we find the story of Eve and the serpent. The serpent told Eve if she ate the fruit of the tree that God said not to go near her eyes would open and she would be like God knowing good and evil. Prior to eating the fruit we were programmed to have free choice with our default nature drawing us to a relationship with God. We are told that God personally meet with Adam and Eve each day. After eating the fruit the couple became aware that they were no longer clothed with God and were reprogramed to be gods themselves with the awareness of right and wrong.
The Bible talks about the unfair part of God in Genesis 2:17, “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” A fair God would have said, “Okay, you knew the rules—ZAP!” He could have killed Adam and Eve or anyone who sinned. But God is not fair in that after we sin he offers us a gift. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
I have learned that God loves me and that love causes Him to be on my side. He does not want me to accept the wages that I earned. Instead he wants to give me a new dress clothes and bring me into the wedding party that is heaven—but he can’t make me accept his gift. Friends, the odds are ever in your favor with God! All you have to do is accept the free gift and trade in your wages of sin for a free ticket to eternal life. This next week let’s take time to thank Jesus for the odds ever being in our favor and let’s spend time getting to know him more.