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God Is Not Fair and Why That’s Good News

WARNING: What I’m about to say is pretty uncomfortable, and odds are you have never heard your pastor preach this on Sunday morning, but I believe it’s biblical. You ready?


I know that sounds whacky, but it’s true.

If your definition of fair is everyone gets the same thing every time, then I hate to break it to you, but the God of the Bible is just not fair.

Here’s one BIG example…

In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells a parable where three servants are given 5 talents, 2 talents, and 1 talent respectively.


Back up.

Why would God give some more ‘talents’ than others?

Because God is not fair.

As uncomfortable as it sounds, the Bible does teach that God obviously gives some people more talents, gifts, and opportunities than others. For instance…

* God’s unfairness means you were born in America while someone else was born in the gutters of Ethiopia.

* It also means though I’m a good writer, I’ll probably never sell as many books as Donald Miller because God gave him a greater writing ‘capacity.’

[Those are good examples, but let’s dig a bit deeper…]

* It means God entrusts one pastor with a capacity to attract 10,000 while he entrusts another with a capacity to only attract 100.

* It means God gifted some musicians, speakers, and artists to be a 5 out of a 10 while others are a 9 out of a 10.

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Sammy grew up in Nigeria. He is currently the Young Adult Pastor at North Point Church. He's also a national speaker for The Mocha Club. He lives in Ohio with his wife Ashley, daughter Bebe and saint bernards MJ and Milo.