Vol.V No.XI Pg.5
January 1969

Christianity Isnt? Fair!

Robert F. Turner

It isnt fair! the indignant lady protested; and as I paused to hear her story I had to agree. For several years now, the same women had faithfully prepared lessons and taught the childrens classes. Others, equally capable of the job, had accepted no responsibilities, made no effort to assist in this demanding effort; and when their aid was solicited they had dozens of ready-made excuses.

Somehow, it didnt register that the teachers also had headaches, were nervous, had household problems, week-end guests, working husbands and demanding children. It isnt fair!! that some take all of the time-consuming, often exasperating, thankless work, while others go scot-free. We could reasonably expect an equitable sharing of the load.

For that matter, it isnt fair that the same few do all or most of the visiting. It isnt fair that the same ones are continually called upon to furnish rides for the aged and infirm. It isnt fair that the same ones feed the visiting preacher, clean the church building, furnish the bulk of the contribution, put out the bulletin, care for the sick. But thirty-four years of preaching and working with congregations has taught me that a few usually do these jobs.

Christianity isnt a fair religion!! Does that shock you? Well, give it some thought before rejecting it.

Was it fair that the most godly, pure, compassionate, self-less man to walk the face of the earth was crucified upon Calvary? What was fair in the beheading of John, or the stoning of Stephen? If like circum- stances prevailed today, would you speak up loud and strong, even though it meant that you, from among the many saints, had to suffer death? Or would you argue that it isnt fair that one should die (especially this one) while others are unmolested?

Is it fair that Christians regularly meet for worship, while others have that day for fishing, hunting, or just resting? Christians have to support the work of the Lord, while others to spend that money on new golf clubs. Is that the way you feel about it? If so, I predict that you will soon buy a new set of clubs — at the Lords expense.

For Christianity IS UNFAIR by all worldly standards of fairness. One of its first rules is, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matt. 16:24) Ye are not your own... you are bought with a price. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

The teacher who continually gives, and gives, and gives does so because he, or she, has first given self to the Lord. If that teacher, or worker in any portion of the Lords vineyard begins to operate on a fair basis — doing only what everyone else does — usefulness to the Lord will cease.

If they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. (Heb. 11:13-16) Read all verses, study awhile, and then tell us if you think it is fair!!