The underlying idea of this trend has been a fundamental component of capitalism since its inception.
Even our children are indoctrinated into this pay-for-performance mentality when we encourage them to study and pay attention in class. Such conduct enables them to get good grades, which will enable them to graduate high school and get into a good college, followed by a good job…et cetera.
Additionally, politicians routinely play the “fair and equitable” card by playing to our dependence on this model when they claim statements such as, “everyone needs to pay their fair share for this or that program” or “those who earn the most, have an obligation to pay the most – it’s only fair”
The reason why this pay-for-performance belief is so embedded within our culture is because we think it’s an equitable and fair model for life. Simply stated, if you do good work and work hard – then you’ll be rewarded accordingly; however, if you’re a lazy slacker who causes problems and doesn’t contribute or advance the group – you won’t be.
As a culture we universally embrace "pay for performance" because we believe it’s fair.
Perhaps that’s the main reason why it's currently so uncool, unpopular and out of vogue in America to believe in God – because God is not fair. In other words, He doesn’t give us what we deserve or have earned.
Specifically, the Judeo-Christian God does not reward us for how good we are; what we can do for Him; how holy we try to be or any other religious trappings that humans try to conjure up as a way to earn our own redemption. The reason being is that we can’t earn it.
Consider the following passages from the Old Testament that explain why God is not fair as we understand and apply the concept of fairness.
- Psalm 103:10, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
- Lamentations 3:22, “The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.”
So rather than embrace and accept this incredible FREE offer, we dismiss it as too good to be true because it’s seemingly irrational, it doesn’t make sense and we can't wrap our pay-for-performance minds around it.
Maybe that’s why it takes faith to believe that God is ultimately unfair - of that I’m fairly certain.
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God is NOT fair