Good Friday: the end of fairness

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That’s not fair! This phrase punctuates modern life. A perceived lack of fairness fuels arguments that lead to broken relationships. One professional athlete feels disrespected because another player makes 15 million dollars a year and he only makes 13 million. We have become all about fairness.
Today, fairness is equated with rightness. Fairness means that what is right must be relative and not absolute. Situations and circumstances change, therefore what is right must change as well. Above all else life must be fair. Welcome to the existentialist, post-modern western culture.

How did our culture begin to worship at the altar of fairness?

Answer: the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross has become irrelevant.  If there is one truth to take away from the events of Good Friday 2,000 years ago it is this: Jesus Christ made life about being right and not being fair.

If fairness was the guiding principle for life and conduct, then Christ would never have gone to the cross. Each person on the planet would have been treated fairly, each would have received what he deserved. The stark truth is that we would all be in hell.

Because of Christ, fairness has been obliterated as the standard for human thought, word, and deed. Righteousness has become the standard, the righteousness of Christ.

Thus, when you seek to settle a dispute with your children, when you look for a solution for problems in your marriage, don’t look for the fair answer, look for the right one. Rejoice that Christ has ended fairness and established mercy based on his righteousness as our hope before God.

Good Friday: the day fairness was ended and hope was made alive. Praise God for his unfailing love.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.