“Its Only Fair”

I had an interesting experience subbing for a fourth grade class. We needed to go to a local church basement where some Christmas presents were placed on several tables divided by age and sex. (Meaning a child could buy all the family presents). So the kids walked around examining presents and those with money making purchases that were then gift wrapped for them. 

I was sitting with one young guy while we were waiting for everyone to finish up. His friend came over and saw that he had bought two wrist bands for himself. His parents had not furnished him with money to buy anything. He asked his friend to buy him one. He got a no and several more no’s before he landed upon a different strategy. He asked again claiming that he was being unfair unless he bought one for him since he didn’t have any. This strategy continued on and was proving effective. The young guy broke and went and purchased two more wrist bands that were different from his first two. He gave one to his friend and kept one.

This might have been the end of the story with a nice thank you, but it wasn’t. What was unfair before was now doubly unfair. The young guy had three wristbands and his friend only had one. The obvious solution to this problem of unfairness was for the young guy with three to give one more to the friend with only one. It went on and on till we had to leave. I’m sure the debate continued at lunch and recess without my being able to follow the intimate details of the conversations.

“Its only fair” seems to be a national strategy and slogan for the upcoming re-election of President Obama.

There is a national strategy called the Cloward-Piven Strategy for getting everyone eligible for government benefits signed up for them in the hope of overwhelming the system. I was familiar with this in my Citizen’s Action League days.

We know how the pigs (Animal Farm) will eventually handle the issue of fairness. The real challenge is to learn how to be content with what we have. The sin of the 10 Commandments was not desiring something it was coveting something that belonged to another. Appealing to our natural covetousness works in all godless societies and it might work in ours this time around.

The scripture to note is one that often is used as a faith scripture, but really needs to be lived in the context of which it is given. Here is the faith phrase we have all heard: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Here is the context: Phil 4:11-13 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. NKJV

Learning how to be content within your present circumstances is truly a sign of spiritual maturity.


About hansston

Pastor a church in Sparta.
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