That's Not Fair!!

September 24, 2017

How many times, over the course of any day, have you heard the protest, “That’s not fair!” Children on the playground shout “That’s not fair!” when they detect a foul play, siblings doing household chores complain, “I’m doing more work!” or “My chores are more difficult; that’s not fair!” Students at school may resent the extra attention given to a classmate... “She’s the teacher’s favorite; that’s not fair!” A brother thinks his piece of pie is smaller than his sister’s, “That’s not fair!” Someone at work receives a raise in salary when another believes that they are more deserving: “I have seniority. I’ve been here longer, that’s not fair!” And most certainly, forgiving someone when that person hurts us first is not fair!

This Sunday’s parable of the Workers in the Vineyard might make us want to scream to God, “That is not fair!”  A terrible sinner who converts at the last minute receives the same heavenly reward as a good, long time Christian? It’s okay if this sinner gets in, but a good Christian should at least be ranked higher in heaven! 

My response to this is to think, “If God created a “fair and just” system, or even worse, a “caste system,” in heaven, would it even be heaven?  I don’t think so!  And, do we really want God to judge us fairly and justly??? If God does this, then God is no longer God because only God, in His great mercy and abounding love, can truly forgive us and give us new life, new birth!

I encourage everyone not to compare ourselves with others.  Often when we compare ourselves we might think that we are better, which leads to pride and judgement on others.  If we believe we are lesser than another, it leads to our protest, “That’s not fair!” We are essentially rejecting of God’s great love and His gifts to us.  We are not happy, others are not happy, and God is not happy.  The act of comparison creates wrath, envy, and pride – three deadly sins in one action!

Jesus’ parable illustrates to us that it is never too late with God.  His Divine Love and generosity is inexhaustible if we choose to receive it.  Whether we have been faithful our entire lifetime or only at the eleventh hour, God doesn’t ask “What do they deserve?” but, “What can I do for them?”

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.”

God’s love is truly Amazing Grace.

Kathryn Richards