Message Recap | 08.17.2014
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor
I don’t know if you have any idea what it’s like to be treated unfairly. I do and it began very early in my life. You see, I am an identical twin and have a brother that looks just like me. He was born 2 minutes ahead of me. So growing up with a twin brother is something that most people can’t relate to. We had the same clothes, the same toys, the same athletic shoes, everything was the same; identical things for identical twins. That in itself is unfair. I didn’t want us to look alike. I wanted my own identity. And then there were the times when my brother or I were given a little more of something than the other, or when one of us was not being punished at the same apparent level as the other, both of us then would complain, “It’s not fair!”
To be honest, if we look around at our world, we can see injustice all over the place. Criminals are richer. Honest people are suffering for being honest. And people get trampled over by the greedy and powerful. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, King Solomon also looked at the craziness and injustice in the world and the sentiment of “It’s not fair” grew to a point of exasperation.
In Ecclesiastes 3:16 (NIV), King Solomon writes: “And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment – wickedness was there, in the place of justice – wickedness was there. He declares that life ‘under the sun’ is filled with wickedness.”
Solomon looked to the courts and politicians and saw they were all crooked. People longed for justice but couldn’t find any. He looked across the land and saw evil people getting away with murder while good people went hungry. He saw incompetent people getting huge promotions while the people who actually knew what they were doing got no recognition. He looked at life and saw some people have it really, really good, but most people didn’t. Sound familiar? Is this the same today?
Life isn’t fair. All we need to do is take a look around. We don’t need King Solomon or the Bible to remind us about the oppression people face and life’s unfairness. The world is full of people who’ve been treated unfairly and need help. If you’d like to learn more about the Problem of Injustice, listen to our podcast at: http://painesvilleag.com/good-life for the complete message.
Friend, for those of us who are believers, God has chosen to restore justice in the world through us. We honor God when we work and give of ourselves to help provide justice to those who are suffering. There is a physiological and spiritual joy in serving others. When we help someone else, life will still be unfair, but one life will be different. And that one life can affect countless others, and it will certainly affect our own. This week, make a choice to help someone else who’s in need. This week, engage yourself in loving them and serving them. You just might see something you’ve not seen before. The face of someone touched by the love of Jesus. God bless you!