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God is Not Fair, and Why That Should Make You Very Glad

In the Bible, in several places, it’s mentioned that “…cursed is anyone who is hung on a tree.(Deuteronomy 21:23, Galatians 3:13). And several evil men received just that punishment:

“And afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees. And they hung on the trees until evening. But at the time of the going down of the sun, Joshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and they set large stones against the mouth of the cave, which remain to this very day.” (Joshua 10:26-27)

“…So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.” (Esther 7:10b). “A decree was issued in Susa, and the ten sons of Haman were hanged.” (Esther 9:14b)



The hanging and cursing of the guilty makes sense to us, even if it might seem a little brutal now. But what about something like that happening to the innocent? That wouldn't seem very fair, would it? That makes the following all the more shocking:

“So he (Pontius Pilate) delivered him (Jesus) over to them to be crucified, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.” (John 19:16-18)

and

“Christ (Jesus) redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree...” (Galatians 3:13).


Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son and the only truly innocent and righteous person who has ever lived, took a shameful, scandalous and gruesome punishment, that every one of us deserves, to save sinful people. Broken, alienated, shameful, rebellious people, like you and me. We're all guilty. In fact, the Bible says that "...all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) and "None is righteous, no, not one..." (Romans 3:10)

What would have been fair is for all of us to receive the punishment Jesus did, and be separated from God forever (Hell), for turning away from the holy, righteous and loving God. But God chose not to be fair, but merciful, giving us a way to have a restored relationship with Him, which promises us an abundant life here on earth (John 10:10) and eternal life in paradise (Heaven) with God when we die (John 3:15). This is the good news (the gospel) of Jesus Christ!

If you would like to be forgiven of all of your sins and know and have a relationship with God, all you have to do is ask Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior. You can pray a simple prayer like,

"God, I know that I am a sinner and fully deserving of your wrath and punishment. I know that nothing I do could ever make me right with you, so I put my full faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His completed payment for all my sins on the cross, and commit to follow You the rest of my life. Thank You for saving me."



If you prayed that prayer sincerely, you are now saved and called one of the "...children of God" (John 1:12). The prayer itself doesn't save you, but it does declare your heart's intent to follow after God under His leadership. So, what do you do now that you are saved? If you are not in a church, or are in a church where the Bible is not taught as the infallible Word of God, it would be very helpful to find a Bible-teaching church. They can help you on your new journey with Jesus. If you are not sure how to find a good church, please contact us through our website. We would be honored to help!

God is not fair, and thank God for that!

*Note: All Bible references above were taken from the ESV translation.


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Home Repairs and Single Mothers - An Outreach Opportunity

In November, we talked a bit about one of the groups which we actively serve with home repairs and accessibility updates – the elderly.

This month, we’ll talk about another group that we regularly serve which often has need of the services that churches and our ministry provide – single mothers. As with the elderly population, the percentage of single mother families is exploding.

Did you know that single parents have more than tripled as a share of American households since 19601? 38.4% of single mother families with children under 18 are below the poverty line (compared with 8.9% of married parent families with children under 18)2. In fact, a report of Colorado mothers, released by the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute (2008), states that more than half of the single-mother households lack the income to meet basic needs of living. These numbers point to a group of people in significant financial distress.

Even for those single mothers not in poverty, the time demands and commitments on a single mother can make it hard to focus on anything other than surviving.

So, how can you and your church serve a burdened, stressed out single mother in need of loving, practical help? We’d like to suggest that a great way to do that is through a home repair ministry.

  • You and your church can be Jesus’ hands and feet by helping with an important need before it becomes a more expensive problem and/or a safety hazard for her and her children.
  • You can show Christ's love to the family be being there and sharing why you're serving them. As you can see in this video testimonial, the supportive presence can be as important as the material need being met.
  • You'll lighten the load of her often difficult financial situation. A church home repair team (or a group of them) can provide free labor and maybe even materials (you may be able to get them donated from a local business, church or non-profit).
  • It's a tremendous outreach opportunity! Did you know that 67% of all single mothers do not actively attend a local church?3

Footnotes:
1 The Mysterious and Alarming Rise of Single Parenthood in America, The Atlantic by Aparna Mathur, Hao Fu, and Peter Hansen Sep 3 2013
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2 U. S. Census Bureau, America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2012, Table 5. Family Groups With Children Under 18 by Selected Characteristics: CPS 2012
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3 The Church and the Single Mom, by Jennifer Maggio, posted on Crosswalk.com


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