God is Always Unfair: He is Never Unjust

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?

My Halloween Outfits

I decided to wear my usual costumes for Halloween. Oh yes, I have quite a few of them.

1. The Holier Than Thou costume is one of my favorites. It allows me to distract others from my own failings as I speak ill of someone we mutually dislike.

2. The Well I Never costume is high on my list. It allows me to pretend that I never entertain evil thoughts and certainly don’t participate in evil deeds.

3. The I Am Not Accustomed to Such costume fits me well. It helps me appear to be on the high-end, above the modest class of people as I have more than they do.

4. The I have Plenty of Religion costume is always in style no matter what the season. I go to church and carry the Bible that I leave on the bed stand and never read the rest of the week.

I have not found any costumes better than these. I am sure that you have seen me in at least one, or maybe all of them at the same time. Maybe you could help me shop for other items of apparel and deception.

Luke 18:11-12
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

Feed the Roots

Every day above the ground
Affirms the simple truth
God granted you see the flowers
Tomorrow, you feed the roots

Each breath, every heartbeat
Is grace, and here’s the proof
Today you eat the harvest
Tomorrow, you feed the roots

All of life is a circle
Every seedling, has a shoot
One day you and I
Will have a chance to feed the root

1 Peter 1:24-25 King James Version (KJV)
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Tough and Tender

It takes a tough man to be tender
That does not mean he is weak
Suffer wrong to not offend her
‘Told you so’ is not in his speak

He knows that the real offender
The one who would cause her harm
Is the evil one, that great pretender
So, he shelters her under his arm

To protect and even defend her
When you would rather let things play out
While the foe of her soul, that contender
Knows what this game is about

Those flowers you refused to send her
That special word you withhold as a grudge
Those sweet things you did to add splendor
Now you sit on your seat, you won’t budge

You are playing the toughness of gender
As a male, big he man, macho thing
When your role is to make peace surrender
Doing so makes her queen and you king

Be tough as you can that is tender
Your strength under check and control
Things pulled apart, you’re the mender
With a firm soft hug, that’s the hold

Ephesians 5:25…29 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

I Am Still Seated On The Throne

Your fingers and fists clenched
Trying to solve this on your own
While you worry who’s on the bench
I Am still seated on the Throne

You have your personal choices
Your political views are known
I Am the judge who hears all voices
I Am still seated on the Throne

Don’t ask chair, stool or pew
Or soft couch filled with foam
To comfort or protect you
I Am still seated on the Throne

Human justice is for a season
Always confuses right and wrong
When there is no rhyme or reason
I Am still seated on the throne

Despair and human heartbreak
Ezekiel saw fields of bones
I Am will never leave nor forsake
I Am still seated on the throne

And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
Revelation 19:4 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rev.19.4.KJV

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
https://bible.com/bible/1/ezk.37.2.KJV

With Sweat

With sweat your body’s drenched
Trying to solve this on your own
While you worry who’s on the bench
I Am still seated on the Throne

You have your personal choices
Your political views are known
I’m the judge who hears all voices
I Am still seated on the Throne

Don’t ask chair or stool or pew
Or soft couch filled with foam
To comfort or protect you
I Am still seated on the Throne

Human Justice is for a season
Always confuses right and wrong
When there is no rhyme or reason
I Am still seated on the throne

Despair and human heartbreak
Ezekiel saw fields of bones
I will never leave nor forsake
I Am still seated on the throne

And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
Revelation 19:4 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rev.19.4.KJV

And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
Ezekiel 37:2 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/ezk.37.2.KJV

Scratch and Stab

You remember the old saying: ‘You scratch my back, I’ll stab yours’. Well of course that is not really the way it goes, but truthfully that is how it plays out so many times in my life.

Every time I deny the dignity and humanity of someone, I am living beneath my calling and mandate to treat and serve others as I would treat the Lord Jesus Himself.

I am certain that many of the very people Jesus served were in the crowd yelling for Him to be crucified. Some of the same people who said they loved Him, left Him so they could fit in with the crowd. Judas, took it to another level when he became the world’s best-known back stabber by betraying the Lord.

But to not be too hard on Judas and others, I do this daily whenever I ignore the different, disheveled, downhearted and disdained. I back stab Jesus when I gossip, ridicule, or in other ways speak ill of someone just for the sake of gaining the approval and confidence of my colleagues and friends. Jesus lifts me up out of my slump and I return the favor and grace by ignoring the downtrodden.

You scratch my back, I will stab yours. Jesus anticipated as much as He stated in Matthew 25: 42-45
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Don’t stab Him in the back. Scratch His back, every time you see Him.

Making Whole

It took her over 15 minutes to register. She did not have the correct insurance information and when she finally did discover her cards at the bottom of her purse, it showed that her coverage had lapsed. She cried and called her sister who had the same coverage and was able to update the data and complete the process. Then she waited some more. She waited in line for over another 15 minutes and then in the examination room for another 30 minutes.

She was scared, frustrated and at this point even a little angry. Had she been forgotten in the midst of all the busyness of the clinic? Was she being overlooked in the shuffle of the moving people from exam room to laboratory and x-ray? She didn’t just want healing. She wanted wholeness. She wanted more than the right diagnosis, right therapy and correct drug. Yes, she wanted healing. But just as important, she wanted wholeness. She wanted to be cured.

I have been trained in the art of healing. I have been called to the ministry of wholeness. Both are required to cure. There is a distinct difference. Yes, we can correct the lab findings, control and suppress the disease process. We can perform the right procedure at the right time and get the correct results. That is the art of healing. But curing requires more than that. It requires the fine art of healing, practiced with the ministry of making whole.

Jesus did it. He never just touched and healed. He always made whole. See the woman who touched his garments. She had spent 12 years of her life resources on finding the right doctor with the right medicines. She had wasted all of that only to be treated as an outcast. But then Jesus walked by. The waiting room was crowded. She was forgotten in the shuffle of the busyness of the Savior’s day. But she recognized that He could not only treat and heal, but He could cure. He could make whole.

Your patients come to you daily with the desire for healing. Don’t leave them without providing them the cure. Give the best medicine, the best surgery, the best therapy and never forget, give them Jesus. Give them wholeness.

Matthew 9:20-22

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole that hour.

His Garden Too

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

When my fields are dry and barren
And my prayer for rain gets through
I think about my enemy and ask Lord
Bless his garden too

When my children are in trouble
And to help I have no clue
I think about my enemy and ask Lord
Bless his family too

When my health does fail and falter
The doctors don’t know what to do
I think about my enemy and ask Lord
Bless his body too

When I think I can ignore
Those I consider less value
I am not worthy of the God I claim
So please Lord, bless my enemy too

Matthew 25:44-48 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

The Other 9

I have truly mastered this
My art is superbly fine
Of the 10 most humble people
I trained the other 9

I am not inclined to boast
And really don’t mean to brag
But when you’ve done the most
Being quiet is a drag

Whenever I am speaking
I listen carefully to each word
I want to catch each saying
Of some wisdom I’ve not heard

You may find this absurd
Maybe even a little odd
I even once considered
That I should counsel God

Yes, humility is my strong point
Just ask the other 9
And if they don’t agree
It means their humility fades with time

Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 16:19 KJV

James 4:6 Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.