Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. – Ezekiel 18:25-28, NRSV
God is fair.
This is not what we, as a culture, want to hear. We don’t want for the standard of righteousness to exist. We want for the unrighteous to have climbing abilities to the places of holiness.
I want for my behavior to be excused as a convenience to my association.
In this, the
very nature of holiness falls to subjectivity and we weigh the value of a God who sets such a standard.
But, I don’t want a God under my approval. That is not a trustworthy God. God, alone, is fair.
Our mistake: the standard is irrevocably set, as it exists within and never apart from the Creator of righteousness. We live within the paradigm over which we covet judgment. We live within it, never above it.
From the outside, we must look like angry little royalty slinging air at
the walls of Truth.