A lot of talk about fairness these days. It seems like the standard that everyone is reaching for is summed up in that one word: fair. It’s worth remembering that for Christians, fairness is not the standard. The standard is self-sacrificial love.
Christians are not supposed to aim for fairness.
The world’s standard of “fair” is noble and good, but it’s not a high enough standard for those of us who have decided to radically follow Christ’s teachings and example.
We are instructed to make a choice to love, in a way that is sacrificial, hard, and DEFINITELY NOT FAIR.
Love your neighbor
“Who is my neighbor?” The man asked Jesus. Jesus replies with the story of the “Good Samaritan” (a people group that was hated by the Jews!), and how that man cared for and PAID FOR the Jewish man who was beaten and robbed.
Love your enemies
Come on! NOT FAIR!
Do good to those who hate you
Bless those who curse you
Pray for those who abuse you
Repay no one evil for evil
Never avenge yourselves
NOT FAIR! Think of the conflict that would be halted in this world if people decided to not avenge themselves.
God is unfair
God shows us the ultimate example by doing the most UNFAIR thing, and something that sets Christianity apart from every other religion in history. “While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Paul writes to the church in Rome. Weak! Ungodly!
“While we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” Enemies!
And we’re so grateful for it. And we’re called to live this way to others.
I like how Paul says, “at the right time.” When is the right time to show radical love (instead of fairness), to someone who doesn’t deserve it? The time is before they get their act together. Before they deserve it.