I have been pondering the whole idea of equality. I have heard students that believe that all students deserve to have their college paid for. People who have positioned themselves well in life, whether by their own hard work or through inheritance, should be forced to sacrifice what they have to pay for those who have not. So the question is, are we all equal? Should we all be treated equally by default?
I have a child, now an adult, that doesn’t believe in repaying debts. I no longer loan that child money, because I will never see it again. It doesn’t matter whether or not I can afford to lose the money. Handing more money in that direction will never teach responsibility. I have other children that always pay back what is borrowed and one child that never needs to borrow. I love them all equally, but I do not treat them all equally.
Adam was created by God, in His image. Eve was created by God as a soul mate for Adam. They were not equal, each was different. But God loved them the same. Probably the best example of equal creation came in the form of their sons, Cain and Abel. Both born male, to the same parents who just happened to be the first people. These two people, born equal, made decisions that changed things. One became the first murderer and the other became the first murder victim. Equality went away with that decision.
One of my closest friends owns his own business and is doing very well financially. We have many of the same interests, many of the same friends. We serve side by side on staff in the same church. When he graduated high school, he went to college and learned business management skills. I dropped out of high school and went to prison. We both learned very different lessons. He has used what he learned to make him successful. Much of what I learned was used to keep me alive. God shared His grace to us each equally. While we share many things in life, including a close friendship, we are not equal. He owns a cottage on the lake. I do not. He earned it. I did not. He does invite me over. While I can most assuredly swim off his dock or use his boat any time I ask, it would be absolutely ludicrous for me to declare that, since we were equal in so many ways, he should give me equal ownership in his cottage.
So, the next time you hear this nonsense about equality… about the sharing of hard earned, well deserved wealth equally between the workers and the loafers, stop to consider the choices that were made that took all of the players to their current status.
I would rather celebrate my individuality and stand on the choices I have made, than cling to the various butt cheeks of those who made better choices.