Ultimately Fair – Br. David Allen

Ezek. 18:21-28

Sometimes when we are among children, or immature adults, we will hear words like those that we have heard in this passage from Ezekiel, “You are being unfair!”  Usually it means that one side or the other feels that the other side is not playing by the same rules that they think they are playing by. The words of the prophet, speaking for God, “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is unfair,’” (v. 25) seem to me to be saying that the house of Israel, of which he spoke, wanted the game of right and wrong, life and death, salvation and damnation, to be   played by their own rules.  But to us, following in the inheritance of the teachings of Jesus, the statement made in the second part of today’s reading, “when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life,” (v. 27) seem ultimately fair. Read More