Fairness for All

Driving home you run a red light and hit a pedestrian. At virtually the same time in the same city, a publicly-elected official left a public event where he promoted a new law that raises the fines for traffic violations. He runs a red light at another intersection and hits a pedestrian too.  The police are called to both scenes. You are arrested and taken to the county jail and booked for disobeying traffic laws and injuring a person. The publicly-elected official is taken to the county jail, detained for a few hours. He’s not charged and released without bail. 

Multiple Choice-Which is Fair?

A. The publicly-elected official should be arrested and booked into the county jail, just as you were.

B. The publicly-elected official should not be charged and released.

C. Both of you should be released with no charges; you are both free to go.

Is it Obvious?

In countries like the USA and Canada, the rule of law is to govern the way justice is served. Rule of law is inherently based upon a Christian worldview rooted in scripture.  It’s the idea God is ultimately just and fair in all his choices and decisions.  Being created in God’s image, man is to reflect God’s nature in how we rule and reign, under his authority. This is why deep in even our sinful souls we cry foul when injustice is evident.

The answer to the multiple-choice should be obvious.

Yes, even if you are a Christ-follower and ran a red light and injured a pedestrian, you should face judicial consequences.  The problem is when a person is unfairly judged or given a pass on a crime they committed.


During the COVID pandemic, the Province of Ontario in Canada legislature passed the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA).  That act restricts public gathering sizes and requires masks and other items to supposedly curb the spread of the virus. During the ROA, several church pastors were ticketed for holding church in excess of the allowed attendance, which varies from 10% to 25% of seating capacity. This essentially shuts churches down for 75-90% of the church members. While these restrictions are enforced on churches, several other gatherings much larger (up to 15,000) are allowed to gather. In fact, publicly-elected officials attended and spoke at some of the events; all without being ticketed. You can preach at a church in Canada during the pandemic and be fined up to one year in prison and up to $100,000, but you can be an elected official and speak at an event attended by thousands without penalty.

This is an example of the unfair application of the law.  It is contrary to the rule of law and goes against how God intended those in government to rule. Romans 13 talks about those in authority ordained by God to rule with a level hand. Justice. 

Sin Skews

Sin skews justice. It distorts. It tilts the scales towards one side. This is why a vigil for an Islamic funeral in Canada can be attended by thousands during a pandemic with no judicial consequences while a Christian church pastor is fined for holding a church gathering greater than 10% capacity.  Do not read this as an Islamic vs. Christian issue. It is not. It is about fairness in the rule of law.

Fair Parenting

Warrior-aged men often marry. Soon, babies arrive and the 20s become hectic. Young parents quickly learn to set rules for their kids. No parent in their right mind would give little Johnny 5 rules to live by while giving little brother Timmy 2. “That’s not fair!”  Jimmy protests!  If Johnny gets disciplined for not taking the trash out but Timmy doesn’t for not cleaning his room, the parents are the ones in the wrong.

Just Christians

Christ-followers should be the fairest people on the planet. Justice for all because Jesus stands for justice for all should motivate our efforts in all things.  

When the courts are not fair they insult God. They disgrace the name of God even if the particular judge is not a Christ-follower.

Luke 18

A woman went before the court. The non-believing judge ruled against her. She appealed. Her persistence finally won the day. This unbelieving judge granted her cause because of her persistence.  

The question for you and me is this; is fairness such a core value in your life that you will take a stand against injustice?

No law should be unfairly applied. Either you apply it equally to everyone or no one at all.

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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