… or why equality may be the wrong way to talk about it

I was thinking over the issues paper I heard today at lunch. It occurred to me why I was a little uneasy with the conclusion.

The word ‘equal’ was liberally applied in his final conclusive statement on favouritism, but, the thing is, the Bible doesn’t use the language of ‘equal’ or ‘equality’ when it speaks of God’s dealings with humanity. Equality, as we now hold and cherish it, was a value that emerged and was rigorously defended in the Enlightenment period, I believe. The liberty and fraternity thing in the French revolution. Unfortunately my grasp of history is weak so I’m open to be corrected. Nevertheless, the Bible doesn’t speak of God treating all people as equals. It speaks of God treating people in faithfulness, truth and grace. That is, when God deals with humanity, he does so in accord with his character, in accord with the truth, and because he so wishes to do so. God is just – which is really what we’re talking about when we talk about favouritism, dealing justly and fairly – because his character is constant, he judges according to truth, and where God elects to bestow grace is entirely up to him. Thus, it may be better to talk about favouritism not in terms of equality, but in terms of truth and grace.

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