What is fair?

01 Mar

What is fair?

According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary online Fair is:

: agreeing with what is thought to be right or acceptable
: treating people in a way that does not favor some over others
: not too harsh or critical

So what does that really mean?

Fair is when I get my way? When everything goes in my favor?

Or maybe fair is when it is equal? If we all got an equal share would that be fair?

If that is the case then this is a picture of what fair is.

fair isn't equal-aIs this picture fair?

All of the boys have the same size box and everything is equal, but the boy on the right side is still staring at the fence. He can’t see the game and enjoy the action like the other two boys can. But it is equal so it must be fair!

Fair is not equal. Fair does not mean we all get the same thing. It does not imply that everything will be best for me, or give me a hand up. The definition above is agreeing what is right and acceptable, where one does not have favor over others.

So how can we change this picture to make it fair?

fair isn't equal-bThis is fair, where all three boys can enjoy the game. It is not equal because the boy on the left does not have a box, but without the box, he is able to enjoy the game. So by giving the boy on the right his box, all three of them can now see the action and enjoy the game. It is not equal but it is fair.

As those who follow Christ, we have been given many gifts, ourselves, our time, our possessions and our talents. Everything we have is a gift from God, and He wants us to use those gifts to raise the lowly, to empower the downtrodden, to give hope to the hopeless, to not make the world equal, but to show His love.

So let us seek to live out the words of Micah 6:8 “what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”


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