O God, It Is Just Not Fair

Tom Penrod
3 min readJul 21, 2023
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It just doesn’t seem fair for God to hold us responsible for Adam’s sin.

Is it fair that you have a DELETE Key on your computer keyboard?

Is it fair that you have a trashcan full of rough drafts and rewrites?

Is it fair that only Noah and his family and a pair of each animal were saved from the flood?

Is it fair that Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot’s wife were destroyed?

Is it fair that God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?

Is it fair that Jesus was put to death for your sins and my sins?

God promised Adam and Eve perfect, not just fair. Perfect. Not even slightly damaged. Perfection. VERY GOOD.

All Adam and Eve had to do was keep one rule, “Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 3:5. Easy? Right? One rule and everything would be PERFECT. They would walk naked through the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day admiring the perfection of God’s creation, with God the Creator. Just keep one simple rule. Easy? Right?

Now, just imagine, you are sitting at your computer, creating a perfect world and everything is going just wonderfully, and then…

You hit the wrong key, what do you do? Hit delete, throw your draft into the trash, flush your world down the toilet?

So, what is fair? God did not promise us fair, He wanted perfect for us, His creation. Not just, fair.

But… Man just wasn’t satisfied with perfect, we weren’t satisfied with being God’s creation, we wanted to be God. And fair or not, our sinful thoughts and dreams still drive us to want to be God.

And so, we must submit our sinful flesh and will to God’s mercy and grace, therefore we pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Yes, we pray for God’s will to be done, not our will and we pray that we can sustain the suffering of our sinfulness that we received because Adam and Eve couldn’t keep one simple rule, and we no matter how hard we try, cannot keep just two simple rules: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. And, Love your neighbor as yourselves.”

Fair or not, does not matter because God sent His perfect Son to lead a perfect life, and then to die a murderous death to take our sins back to the devil, and then He rose again so that we may have the promise of eternal perfect life in heaven with Him.

God the Creator, could have hit the delete key, but “He loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. Is that fair? Uh no, that is perfect.

Tom Penrod is a preacher and ranch hand in flyover country USA.

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