Chloe’s really big into equality lately. She not into voting rights or even human rights, but her rights. Her rights to have the exact same thing of everything Cole has or receives.
For instance, one night I went to tuck them into bed. I gave Chloe hugs and kisses. Then I went into Cole’s room. While in there, I gave him a little tickle. Hearing his laughter, Chloe demanded I come back into her room and tickle her, too.
I tried to tell her not everything in life is going to be equal. Sometimes Cole is going to get things she doesn’t. And at other times, she’s going to get things Cole doesn’t.
How do you think that went over?
Yeah, not so well.
The fact of the matter is, not everything is going to be equal for everyone. Inequity is all over this world. There’s inequity in money, inequity in resources and inequity in levels of individual happiness.
There’s even inequity in sin. I know some people who are more sinful than I am. (We all look good when compared to Hitler or Stalin, right?). And I know some people who aren’t as sinful as I am.
But even though there may be inequity in sin from the standpoint of the number of sins committed, there is equity in how God views sin. All sin, whether large or small, is equally offensive in God’s eyes (James 2:10).
Yet God is equitable in how he deals with sin. God offers forgiveness to everyone through a relationship with his son, Jesus Christ.
Now, I have heard some who argue the more sinful person needs more of God’s grace, while the less sinful person needs less of God’s grace. And I guess on one level, I can see the point they’re trying to make.
But the grace of God cannot be measured in terms of greater or lesser quantities. The grace of God is measured in one quantity, and one quantity only: total. God does not half-forgive you when you call on Christ. He forgives you totally. No matter how many or how few sins you’ve committed.
So you see, God is all about equality. He sees all sin equally in its reprehensibility, yet he forgives all sin equally in his mercy, love and grace.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.