Column: Teach children that God is fair

One of the hardest concepts to instill in our children is the idea of what is "fair."

In our fallen human nature we so easily see the faults of others, never see our own faults, and in despair the human nature declares that life is "unfair."

There are some places where we can try to establish "fairness." In sports, we have rules that are applicable to everyone, which seems somewhat fair. In education, we provide the same tests and the same grading scale, which promotes an ideal of fairness.

The problem with fairness is that in its literal sense we would have to all be genetically coded the same, have the same parents with the same values, the same shaping of our hearts and lives, the same home and geographical location, the same education, the same bank accounts, look the same, etc. Our eyes would absorb the same sights and our ears the same sounds. There would have to be a "starting point" for each of us on a "level playing field" in order to grasp the concept of "fair." This is an unrealistic expectation for mankind to demand, to explain, or to understand.

The scriptures tell us that God is fair.

Romans 3:6 (NLT) Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would He be qualified to judge the world? There is only "One" who has the knowledge and authority to determine what is "fair". It is God, the one who knows us and knows the circumstances of our lives. The Bible also tells us that vengeance belongs to God. Romans 12:19 (NLT) Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back," says the LORD.

Let's train our children to take the issue of fairness to the Lord and leave it in his hands. The only level playing field for all of us is the cross of Jesus.

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