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Playing Simon Says

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Remember playing “Simon Says”?

“Simon Says” is a game for three or more players. One player leads the game as “Simon”.  “Simon” gives commands.

Commands that are preceded by “Simon says” are to be obeyed.  Those that are not preceded by “Simon says” should not be followed.

For instance, “Simon says, clap your hands.”  Should be obeyed.  “Keep clapping”, should not be obeyed.

Anyone who breaks one of these two rules is eliminated for the remainder of the game.

The goal of the game is to be the last player playing after all other players are eliminated.

That’s Unfair!

Simon’s objective is to eliminate all the other players without bias.  When Simon favors a player it’s unfair!  It’s also considered unfair to give impossible commands.  For instance, “Simon says, jump up in the air and hang there” is unfair.

No one like unfair.  It’s one f the many complaints people have about life, their circumstances and God.

It’s an old complaint: “What the Lord does isn’t fair.”

God unfair?

People will complain that God is unfair or even cruel to allow pain, suffering and disasters, but God argues that when bad consequences follow bad choices it’s just.

But you say, ‘What the Lord does isn’t fair.’ Listen people … I am fair. It is what you do that is not fair! When good people stop doing good and do wrong, they will die because of it. They will die, because they did wrong.

“What the Lord does isn’t fair.” was probably was like our saying, “life is unfair.”  People had lost any sense that they were suffering because of their sin.  Like many people today with a “whatever goes” attitude they were saying that it made no difference how they acted.  Determined to break down that attitude, God guaranteed forgiveness for those who turn away from their sins.

When the wicked stop being wicked and do what is fair and right, they will save their lives. Because they thought about it and stopped doing all the sins they had done, they will surely live; they will not die. But the people of Israel still say, ‘What the Lord does isn’t fair.’ People of Israel, I am fair. It is what you do that is not fair.” 1

Phil Yancey explains, “Perhaps God engages our universe, his own creation, in much the same way. He grants us freedom to rebel against its original design, yet even as we do so we end up “ironically” serving his eventual goal of restoration. If I accept that blueprint—a huge step of faith, I confess—it transforms how I view both good and bad things that happen. Good things, such as health, talent, and money, I can present to God as offerings for his use. And bad things too—disability, poverty, family dysfunction, failures—can be “redeemed” as the very instruments that drive me to God.” 2

My experience has been consistent with the Bible, “the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” 3

1 – Ezekiel 18:25-29, NCV

2 – Phillip Yancey’s Reaching For The Invisible God is available here.

3 – Isaiah 30:18, NIV

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