A few months ago I wrote: Yesterday someone said to me in a mournful tone that life isn’t fair. I replied, “Isn’t that wonderful?!” We have a chance to excel at something without reprisal. We each have unique advantages we are free to pursue and unique challenges to overcome. Lack of fairness is a big part of why life is interesting.
Someone who wins a game doesn’t complain of unfairness. Those who feel disadvantaged or are lazy want fairness because it would obviate the struggle to succeed. Fairness is lethal to individual effort.
If life was fair we would all have the same talents, look the same, be the same, earn the same, think the same, live the same amount of time etc. Fairness sucks!
I was discussing socialism with an employee the other day and he claimed that he would work just as hard even if most of his wage went to supporting people on the dole. It was difficult not to laugh because he avoids overtime, claiming that the government takes too big a percentage in taxes.
Everyone says they want things to be fair, but they are looking for an advantage to exploit.
Justice is another thing everyone wants. We hate being wronged, but we love to see people pay for their misdeeds. When sin is exposed, we pile on, calling for retribution. We long for the day that Jesus the Righteous Judge will set things straight. This longing is good and proper but we tend to forget that we too will be judged. Everybody wants justice for everyone’s actions but their own.
Mercy is what we need. Mercy is what we should show others. Mercy is what we will receive from Jesus if we accept His payment for our sin.
In Christ we find both mercy and justice.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.