Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

the mystery of life circumstances

11/13/11

In the book of Ecclesiastes, the writer expresses his dismay at the variability of life circumstances and how there seems to be no rhyme or reason to explain and justify these differences. Certainly each of us would have to admit that the range of difference, between the most fortunate of human beings and the least, is vast, almost without measure.
 
It is an inescapable fact that Christian Orthodoxy's measure of God's favor assigns the vast majority of humanity to a position of great disadvantage because they were not born in the Christian West. Yet, within its sacred doctrines, the church makes no effort to explain and justify this inequity. By the mere reference to some passage of scripture, the church demands that its members simply accept injustice as God ordained and therefore without need for further explanation.
 
When people reject such arbitrariness and disregard for compassion and ethical conduct, they are motivated by the most basic of virtues- commitment to equality of opportunity and justice for all. A doctrine which exalts injustice and inequality cannot reflect the nature and operation of a righteous God. The unwillingness of the church to deal with this fact is an indictment of their commitment to the Truth.
 
Like Abraham of old, we need to ask the church- "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" It is worth noting that Abraham, in asking this question, applied his own human understanding of justice. His was not a blind acceptance of what he judged to be unjust. He fully expected God's sense of justice to be at least up to his standard.  

 

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