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October 30, 2016 | Unfair and Uncomfortable
Dr. Burnie R. Burnside
Idea: Fairness isn’t an argument.
Uncomfortable and unfair is not an argument for untrue:
The slums in Nairobi, Kigali, and Port-au-Prince, where hundreds of children are born infected with AIDS. They will die by the time they are two. Where prostitution is the only way for orphaned girls to survive. It’s unfair, it’s uncomfortable, but what I’ve just described is true.
An orphanage in a country where handicapped children and girls are abandoned in hopes of having a healthy boy. Adoption is almost impossible. The older children will spend their lives there. Unfair.
Many things that are unfair, uncomfortable, and true.
That doesn’t make Christianity true. It removes an argument.
Our problem is we think that if there is a perfect God, there would be a system that is absolutely fair by our definition (comfortable to us and thus believable).
We severely underestimate the significance of our sin and the brokenness of our world:
The truth is . . . God went way beyond fair.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless [leveraging law], Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person [that’s for sure], though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Fair? No. Comfortable? No. Does that mean untrue? No.
To this unfair, uncomfortable world, God sent his Son to go beyond fair and comfortable and offer us exactly what we don’t deserve: grace, forgiveness, and mercy to ALL who would receive it.
Everybody is welcome . . . everybody.
The issue I hope you will wrestle to the ground is not Is it comfortable or fair? but, Is it true? And if so . . .
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