Nov. 4, 2013


One of my colleagues overheard a student of mine complaining after an exam “It’s not FAIR!  I studied like FOREVER for that test and I knew a lot!  She didn’t test me over anything I knew!  She’s too hard and NOT FAIR!”

Ummm, ok and how am I to know what you did or did not study?  I gave you all the PowerPoint slides, homework, reading assignments, reading quizzes and went through each chapter pointing out which tables and pictures you needed to know AND gave you a practice test with the answers.  So, what was unfair?  My Profs told me “know the information in the chapters.”  We were tested over the information in the picture captions.  I thought that was a bit unfair but I learned the information.

Here is one of the great secrets of life: “LIFE IS NOT FAIR.” 

Did you get that?



Got it?

Now, get over it.  Get on with your life.

Jesus told us that the world would hate us.  The world hated Jesus.  How did Jesus treat the world? He was fair-minded, right?  No, He was merciful and full of grace.  Justice is getting what you deserve, mercy is not getting what you deserve, and grace is getting what you don’t deserve. 

The last intellectual standard is fair-mindedness which is defined as characterized by fair judgment; impartial; unprejudiced: a wise and fair-minded judge. It also carries the thoughts of being just or impartial. Some synonyms include righteousness, justice, honesty, equity, open-minded, equitable, balanced, unbiased, honest and equal.  Do these sound like descriptors of Jesus and the way He treats us?  These are all great descriptors in a worldly sense; however, Jesus truly does not treat us fairly.  He treats us with a prejudice for what is in our best interest.  The Foundation for Critical Thinking (www.criticalthinking.org) defines Intellectual Fairness as “having a consciousness of the need to treat all viewpoints alike, without reference to one’s own feelings or vested interest, or the feelings or vested interests of one’s friends, community or nation.”  Perhaps in dealing with other humans it is best practice to be fair-minded; however, I am glad and grateful that Jesus treats me in an unfair manner…that is, He treats me with a vested interest in my good, my salvation, and not according to the Law and it’s justice. 

I don’t know who started the rumor that life was supposed to be fair. 

They lied.


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Catherine Cone

Professor of Biology at East Texas Baptist University

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