That’s Not Fair! :: By Grant Phillips

We live in a world filled with constant complainers. “That’s not fair!” echoes across the land.  I have heard this rant directed particularly toward God, more so than anyone or anything else. Here are a few in no particular order:

  1. It isn’t fair that Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven!
  2. It isn’t fair that some are chosen for the Rapture while others are left to suffer during the Tribulation!
  3. It isn’t fair that we can’t enjoy sex with anyone we choose!
  4. It isn’t fair that we can’t live together without a marriage certificate!
  5. It isn’t fair that God allows so much evil in the world!
  6. It isn’t fair that we can’t do anything we please!
  7. It isn’t fair that we can’t live any lifestyle we choose!
  8. It isn’t fair that God would have innocent little animals sacrificed!
  9. It isn’t fair that God would reject anyone from entering Heaven. All have some good in them!
  10. It isn’t fair that they prosper and we do without!
  11. It isn’t fair that so many people suffer!
  12. It isn’t fair they were blessed with talent and riches, while I barely get by!

I want to say “Boo-hoo” but I won’t. God originally created a perfect world, but we no longer live in a perfect world because of sin. And then we hear … “It isn’t fair that we suffer because of Adam and Eve!” Do you really think we would have done differently? Get real! We would have succumbed to that serpent’s whisperings just as readily as they did.

I can understand this attitude coming from those who are unbelievers, but so often even those who know Christ as Savior bemoan the same misgivings. How can that be? A child of God is the most blessed and richest person in the world. How can we whine like little children over the material enjoyments of others?

The truth is we live in an unforgiving world. It is a cruel world. It is a world heaped in injustice and unfairness. But the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say, is if we know Jesus He is all forgiving and full of compassion and justice. As for “fairness,” is it fair that He paid for our transgressions? I am glad He did, or else I would suffer for all my own transgressions for an eternity in hell.

It is true that “That’s not fair” is an accurate statement in many cases, but is it worth allowing that to make us miserable?

Some people suffer health problems while others seldom have even a cold. Even among those who suffer health problems, some are worse than others.

Some folks have more money than they could ever spend in a lifetime, while others barely eke out a living. With riches come luxuries that many do not share.

Some folks land their dream job, while others cannot find a job to support their families.

Some have loving spouses while others are abused and cower in fear. Many children live in loving homes, but many others have devils for parents.

The questions come up; “Why did God let this happen?” “Why me God? What have I done to deserve this?” “Why my child?” “Why can’t anything go right for me?”

Three things must be understood, in addition to one more … the fourth. They are:

  1. Satan made this mess, not God.
  2. God sent His Son to clean up the mess.
  3. We can be lifted above this mess in Christ, if we choose.
  4. God’s methods may seem unfair, but He is the Creator God, not us.

Satan made this mess, not God.

Why do we blame God for all the bad in the world? Why do we blame Him for what is seemingly unfair? We should put the credit where the credit is due and quit blaming God for something He did not do.

God did not make your child sick. He did not cause wars. He did not make men selfish, greedy, cruel and perverted. This has all come from Satan. Blame him for a change, because continuing to blame God will never get you on the road to the truth.

God sent His Son to clean up the mess.

As children of our original parents, Adam and Eve, we failed God. He did not fail us. We sinned, not Him. We have created the mess we are in today by listening to the wrong one; i.e. Satan.

To prove that we would have responded to Satan’s whisperings in our ear just as readily as Adam and Eve, consider this. When you are tempted to sin (name your poison), who do you listen to? God says don’t sin. Satan says do it. What do we do? We do it! We sin! Therefore, we listen to Satan and do his bidding just as our original parents did.

Okay, between Satan’s tempting and our agreeing with him, how do we get out of this mess? Briefly stated, the Son of God died, was buried and rose again to provide us the only way to the Father (the only way to get to Heaven).

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

We can be lifted above this mess in Christ, if we choose.

Now we come to a choice. Listen to God and quit blaming Him, or stick with Satan. God says:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

If we trust Jesus to save us He will. If we have already accepted Him as Savior, then maybe we need to stop whining about our unsatisfying life and apologize to Him.

The day will come, and it is quickly advancing, that God will deal with every injustice. This world, as it is now, is not our home. Heaven is our (believers) home  and the Heavenly host is our family. Let us not be discouraged by the inequities of this world but set our sights on the new Heaven and the new earth.

God’s methods may seem unfair, but He is the Creator God, not us.

Please go back and read the twelve examples I listed at the beginning of this article. Some of these are in direct violation of God’s commands. The first, in particular, is how God said it is going to be, and there it is. Accept it and have eternal life. Reject it and continue in eternal death (fully conscious).

The world, those without Jesus, will never understand, but there is really no excuse for a true Christian to wallow in self-pity when they are so eternally blessed.

“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)


Grant Phillips


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