Life is not always fair. We will not always get what we deserve or what is rightly ours. This is not a foreign concept to most people, and it would be difficult to find someone who disagrees with it. However, even though life is not fair, the majority of people want it to be. These people may long to be vindicated for wrong done to them or to get something they think belongs to them. However, the truth of the Bible runs contrary to the mainstream view of fairness, namely, that we should not want what we deserve.
There are many good reasons people long for fairness. Justice should be enforced in every society. And it is out of a passion for justice that I believe many people want life to be fair. Without justice, society would cease to exist, at least as we know it. When justice is corrupted or destroyed, there is little to keep mankind from destroying themselves.
However, there are still many things in life that are not fair. Some of these are ordinary events of a day. Your coworker might get recognized for something you did and not bother to give you the appropriate praise. Or maybe a car cuts you off in traffic when you were the one going the speed limit and doing what was right. But some things in life that are not fair are also extraordinarily difficult to grasp, like someone who is killed by a drunk driver, or the genocide of Jews during the Holocaust. These things are not fair, and we should appropriately cry out for justice.
But, the greatest act of unfairness to ever take place happened two thousand years ago. It was then that the perfect Lamb of God was slaughtered for a people who rejected him. It was on Mount Calvary that the punishment for our sins fell on the sinless Son of God. This is why 1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” This is unfair. I who once deserved the wrath of God, can now, covered by the blood of Christ, experience his undeserved love.
I am thankful that life is not fair.