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Monday, October 8, 2012

Unfair – Get Use to It

In whose predictions of the future do you place your faith? Are there “idols” in your life whose wisdom or advice your credit above God's? What will you do to change that attitude? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1016).

The other day I heard a judge with complete seriousness tell a youthful offender that “Life is unfair, get use to it.” I saw the youth in the hall later and don't think by his demeanor that he had resolved to keep the judge's advice.

Several weeks ago we had a crisis in the NFL when relatively inept substitute referees were undercutting the sense of reliable fairness in the game of football. This threatened to undercut fan loyalty to the sport as well as the safety of the players. During this crisis I never once heard proffered the stultifying advice—life is unfair, get use to it.

Overwhelming, it is in the economic arena where we are asked to accept this philosophy. While quite rightly complete equality of earnings would not be fair, neither will I ever accept the doctrine that people should not be able to earn a living wage by their labor while others get rich off of it. We rail because people are not willing to work for the minimum wage. Without exception those who rail are better off and filled with patronizing advice.

Unlike in football, there is a widespread belief that God endorses economic unfairness. We say that God is in control therefore the status quo must be his will. What hogwash! All throughout the Bible God and the prophets of God and Jesus himself are always and forever challenging the status quo with its panoply of injustices.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The pledge of allegiance seems to suggest that the United States being “under God” has His endorsement including most especially His endorsement of the country's economic arrangements accepted by the privileged without question with the ardor of wild idol worship. I would rather think that a relationship with the Creator (as with the fairness crisis in football) calls for sane effective corrective action, not a bleating cry that “Life is unfair, get use to it.”

Get use to it?--No Way!

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