The World Lies

Let’s talk about fairness.

The concept of fairness is one that permeates our society.  It’s considered a good thing to be thought of as fair – it is perceived to mean that one is tolerant, understanding, and even-handed, but it is a great lie.

Is the world fair?

Babies are born into wealth and poverty.  Some are born perfectly normal with fully functional minds and bodies and others are born with some sort of defect that will either hinder them their entire lives or leave them with an extremely abbreviated lifespan.

This is just one brief example of how the world is not fair.  To think it should be otherwise is our pride roaring within us. When we see unfairness, we want to hammer it out – correct it, fix it.

We are trying to claim the authority of God when we attempt to enforce fairness.  We are effectively saying to him that we know better.

We can no more force the world to be fair than we can tell gravity to not hold our feet to the ground.

The Truth – The only fairness we should expect is the fairness of God’s judgment for only He is perfect and righteous.  There can be no justice, equality, or perfect liberty without God.

When man enforces his will – the outcome will be imperfect and ultimately fail.  That is what has stricken our country and our world.  Mankind has thought that it has dominion over this world – we are at the top of the food chain, there are billions of us, and we have the tools and might to shake the world – or so we thought.  Despite all of our advances in technology, medicine, philosophy – all of our vaunted progress, the TRUTH is that we are nothing.

We generate power by splitting atoms, but millions sit in the dark.

We grow food from the ground, but cannot feed the world.

We speak lofty words of fairness, equality, tolerance, yet can only try to force such concepts into reality through naked force.

The world is not fair.  You have to accept this truth or you are deluding yourself in pride and envy.  You cannot look at someone who has something and wish the same for yourself just because you think or feel that you deserve it.  The simple fact is that we ultimately deserve only one thing – death.

The good news is that we have a righteous God who is love and compassion perfected.  He gave us the Truth.  He offers fairness, liberty, justice, mercy, and grace.  He will perfect the imperfect and only asks that we lay down our pride and envy and follow Him.

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:19-26



…only Human?

I am only human.

That phrase is such a common excuse for inadequacy, for shortcomings.  It is a shameful excuse, and one that is an insult to the Creator Himself.

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.

Exodus 3:14

God created mankind in his own image.

Genesis 1:27

So when someone says that they are only human or merely human, they are ignoring the fact that they are created, not just by an holy and perfect God, but in the likeness of that Almighty God, with imbued attributes and shared characteristics.

only human

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

Exodus 20:7

In the King James Version, this commandment states to not use the Lord’s name in vain.  The Lord identified Himself to Moses as I AM, so let’s think about that a little more in depth.

I am the way and the truth and the life.

John 14:6

I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.

Leviticus 11:44

Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

I am the vine.

John 15:5

I am with you always.

Matthew 28:20

I am the resurrection.

John 11:25

So are you among the numbers today willing to lay aside the Creator, the Almighty I AM, because in the end, you find yourself saying “I am only human?”

I am a man.

I am a son of God.

I am justified by faith.

I am saved by infinite grace.

I am no longer bound to this world.

I am free.

I am indestructible.

Only human?  I think not.


Hope.  It is one of the most strange of thoughts and feelings. It is sometimes completely unjustifiable and sometimes it is all that is left.  You find the concept of hope alive in all of mankind wherever you might look.  Hope lives in the breast of a poor goat herder in the mountain passes of Afghanistan, and the breast of the richest man alive today.  It drives the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the healthy and the sick.  It drives the slave to dream of freedom.  It drives our dreams.  It girds against our fears.

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.

Dalai Lama

Hope is so quintessential to our survival, that it is found in the simplest of things.  It provides strength when we are weak.  It provides warmth when we are cold.  It is the promise of a new dawn.  It is the light at the end of the tunnel.

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Why is hope so universal?

I could take the easy way out and say that it is a gift from God.  While this is completely true, let’s think about hope a little bit.  To answer why it is universal, maybe we should look at why we hope.  To think about why we hope, we should consider what we hope for as that might be more illustrative.

If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
Lance Armstrong

Hope for each person is different.  You might hope for recovery from an illness or an injury.  You might hope for improvement in your marriage.  You might hope for financial security.  You might hope for a restoration of liberty and justice in the world.  You might hope to see Christ return before you die.  Or you might simply hope to hand the world over to your children and grandchildren a little better off than you received it yourself.  What you hope for can vary and change over time even.

Hope is a uniquely human trait as far as we know, (although I swear my dog hopes that my boys eat messy so she gets to help “clean up.”).  What makes it even more interesting is that, even in the worst of circumstances, we find people clinging to hope.  Hope is a life raft on the turbulent seas of life.  Could God have given us hope to enable us to live?

Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Imagine a world without hope.  Why would we bother waking up in the morning to go to our jobs?  Why would we bother having children?  What purpose would there be in freedom and liberty?  Without hope, without the innate dreams of improvement and betterment for ourselves and others, there is nothing.  Everything would be utterly meaningless without hope.

What makes this even more paradoxical is that we truly are without hope.  The human race is divisive, destructive, warring, jealous, vindictive, and ultimately, savage.   But at the same time, the hope that God has blessed us with shines His light on us.  It brings out the best in us.  The divine spark that He gives so that we might live ignites an inferno within us when we have hope.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 25:5

We dream of impressive works of art, beautiful passages of music, poetry, and literature.  We tame the wilderness.  We creatively destroy in order to create, in imitation of our Maker, in order to improve the world for us.  We conceive, we create, we repair, we rebuild, we inspire, we live.  We hope.  We dream.  We launch ourselves toward our dreams, whatever they may be.

Be strong and take heart,
    all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 31:24

Since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

2 Corinthians 3:12

The same vicious nature inherent in us as humans is an amazing source of power when coupled with hope.  Instead of warring for material gain, we make war so that we might have peace.  We fight against absolute evil incarnate so that we might have security in this life and provide it not just for ourselves, but for all mankind.  We charge into burning buildings to save a stranger who is trapped.  We throw ourselves in the path of moving cars to push a child to safety.  We sacrifice ourselves, sometimes even our very lives, so that others may live.  These are not logical actions by themselves, but they are driven by hope and love.

The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

As far gone as this Republic may seem to be, we can not lose hope.  Hope drives us to be strident and defiant of tyranny.  It drives us to confront oppression and the loss of liberty confident and calm.  It will keep us warm in the cold to come.  By God’s infinite mercy and grace, it will see us through to the restoration of this Republic, once more founded and centered on the Truth and the Hope of the Lord.

You will be secure, because there is hope;
    you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Job 11:18

Hope.  There is always hope.

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