There is a philosophy of fairness gripping our world today. Governments speak of inequities that exist between rich and poor, healthy and sick, happy and sad. The have’s and the have not’s. It is unnerving to some that so few could have so much and so many could have so little. They want to right the wrongs, spread the wealth around, and build one great big happy utopia. It has been tried time and time again through philosophies such as socialism, communism, or collectivist activism. And each time it has failed. And yet it is strived for.
The amazing thing to me is that no one ever asks the question as to why the inequities exist in the first place. If your world view embraces a God you might ask the question as to why God allows some to be rich and some to be poor. If your world view does not embrace a God you might ask the question as to why we cannot make things equal across the board. We struggle with the fact that Life just isn’t fair.
Something that might be considered is that if your world view encompasses a God, then he might be the arbitrator of fairness in life. Perhaps it is God who rewards and who takes away. And all of our shuffling, and redistribution, and efforts cannot alter the plans of a God.
If your world view does not encompasses a God, then you are fighting the great cosmic entropy and the randomness of the Universe itself is beating down upon your very efforts. Of course if your world view does not encompass a God, one might ask where your compassion comes from anyway or why you even care.
Either way it is an impossible task and the question then becomes why does it consume us so?
There is one world view that embraces, understands, and works within the great divides in life. And that world view is the Christian world view.
For me, inequities in life are understandable and are readily worked with. My world view of a God is not only liberating in this sense, it is also practicable in helping me deal with and change the inequities that touch me on a daily basis.
This is because the very definition of God is infinite in every direction and all encompassing of everything.
Recently I saw the question: why would a perfect God allow bad things to happen to good people? And the answer was (and is) very plain to me. Could a God build a perfect world? Of course he could. But if he did, where would my choice come in? Where would my opportunity come from? Or where would I be tested and proven to be true.
I love the quote of former Congressman J.C. Watts who said his grandmother used to tell him that true character was doing the right thing in the woods when no one else was around to see or to record the events.
The “world” is our woods. And our “woods” is full of unfairness and challenges. It is up to each and every one of us to do the right thing even if no one records it. Why? Because that is our test of character.
The Marines have a slogan: Do the Right Thing, At the Right Time, For the Right Reason. If everything were equal across the board, there would be no measure of character, because everyone would always act the same way.
So why would a God allow such a system to exist? Why would a God test us in such a way? Well for me it goes back to my God’s infinite nature. All of the myriad of differences in the world (and indeed the Universe) are all tiny reflections of an infinite God. They are an expression of who, what, and why he is. The inequities in life allow God to work. The system allows God to be God. Not for himself, God cannot suddenly stop being God, but rather for us. It allows us to see God for who he truly is.
You see, from my world view, without sickness we would not know healing, without pain we could not know relief, without poverty we could not measure wealth, without suffering we could not measure joy, and without disobedience there could be no Grace. It is the very antitheses of the system that allows us to see the beauty on the other side. We make the mistake of believing that we may know beauty without ever having experienced ugliness. But if all you had ever known in your entire life, from birth, was beauty, and you asked me to describe something other than beauty, how would I do that? And how would you conceive it? I contend it would be impossible. And if the only thing you ever knew in life was beauty, where would your sense of appreciation come from? And from what standpoint would you experience accomplishment?
No, Life isn’t fair, and I’m afraid you can do everything in your power to change that and you will find that it will always be that way during this age.
Rather than engaging in some vain fight to change something that we cannot, why not take it for what it is? The opportunity to Do the Right Thing when no one else is around to see you do it. Literally the opportunity to Do the Right Thing, At the Right Time, For the Right Reason.
If we all did this, we might all just be surprised at the growth of our Character, and the changes in inequities that it just might effect within our world.