God is unfair. Why would God allow these events to unfold in Indonesia, Haiti, Yemen, Sudan, North Korea? Should we spell his name with a little ‘g’ and incorporate him, or her with all the other multiple millions of gods whom we must bargain with to get a good deal? Is our God unfair?
We measure fairness as if I am good, I get what is good. The Karma of this world is how we expect our Creator God to operate. The sense of entitlement for being nice, pure, holy, courteous. However, God is unfair. He does not look on our outward works, appearances or even our reputation. He does not reward us as we believe we deserve. I just need to remember how many evil thoughts, deeds, words or intents I have had in the decades and the last ten minutes of my life on earth and how undeserving of grace I have been. If my Father God had been fair, I would have long ago perished.
Dr. Martin Luther King stated: The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
The moral arc is not measured in temporal, chronologic, calendar events or stop watches. Our God is too big to be kept on our timetable of what is right and wrong.
2 Peter 2:9 puts it this way: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
God suffers or tolerates the evil in my life just as he tolerates the evil in people I deem as evil. He is unfair by my standard, but He does not answer to my standard. He is unfair, but not unjust.
We want justice for others, but mercy for ourselves. We want fairness, as long as we benefit. Otherwise, we ask God to put his hand on the scales of justice in our favor, pick our lucky number, protect us when we know we are in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people doing the wrong thing. Have mercy. Be fair to me. Give others justice, what they deserve. Give me grace. That is not the God that we serve. He is always unfair. He is never unjust. He owes Himself to be the righteous Judge because He answers only to Himself.
Genesis 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?