Reading in Exodus chapter 4 this morning, I couldn’t escape this question: Is God fair? (in fact, any thoughtful reader of the Scriptures is forced to wrestle with that question all the time).
Let’s assume, for the sake of discussion, the general way we use the term fair/fairness on a human level in Western civilization: equitable; treating all sides alike; unbiased. It’s a noble concept when you think about courts of law, or good hiring practices. We all WANT to be treated fairly – we want to be viewed according to personal merits and given our due according to what we have earned/deserved. No-one wants to be on the wrong side of a discriminatory decision – we’re treating you differently because you’re (black/white/male/female/Hispanic/Jewish/short/blonde/whatever).
It’s hard to speak against fairness! But does that which we instinctively embrace on a human level apply to God? That’s a hard question to contemplate (and now I have to go off and teach on it!)
:: As Creator of all things, must He treat every aspect of what He has made in exactly the same way?
:: Is being just and wise the same as, or different from, being “fair”?
:: Would it be better for you and me, or worse, if God was “fair”?
What do you think? Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments…