Good Friday – the end of fairness

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That’s not fair! These words provide justification to complain about everything from not getting as many cookies as we want, to losing a game, to lamenting that traditional marriage discriminates against homosexuals. A perceived lack of fairness fuels marital arguments that often lead to divorce. One professional athlete feels disrespected because another player makes 15 million dollars a year and he only makes 13 million a year. It seems we have become all about fairness. 


What is deemed to be fair is now considered to be what is right. This, of course, means that what is right must be relative and not absolute. Situations and circumstances change, therefore what is right must change as well. Welcome to the existentialist, post-modern world.


How did our culture arrive at the alter of fairness?  Quite simply, the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross has become irrelevant.  If there is one truth to be taken away from the events of Good Friday some 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 if we were treated fairly we would suffer the consequences of our sins – we would be in hell.


 Because of Christ, fairness was 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 mercy. May we be humbled by the sacrificial death of our savior!



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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.