Infuriating Unfairness  Elder Dale G. Renlund

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

1994 Rwandan genocide

From April through June 1994, the U.N. estimates that 800,000 Rwandans were brutally slaughtered by fellow citizens in a state-led genocide targeting the Tutsi ethnic group.

About 75% of the Tutsi population was killed.

Rwandan Genocide

UN soldiers in Rwanda try to end warfare between Tutsis, Hutus (April 7, 1994)

Rwandan Genocide

Sebastiao Salgado, Rwanda Refugee Camp (1994)

John/Anna story

Who determined the inequality?

When others receive benefits because of their diligent choices, we cannot rightly conclude that we have been treated unfairly when we have had the same opportunity.

Merla/Ruth story

Although Ruth would have liked new shoes, her perception of being treated unfairly dissipated when she saw the circumstances through her mother’s eyes.
I declare with all my aching heart that Jesus Christ both understands unfairness and has the power to provide a remedy. Nothing compares to the unfairness He endured. It was not fair that He experienced all the pains and afflictions of mankind. It was not fair that He suffered for my sins and mistakes and for yours. But He chose to do so because of His love for us and for Heavenly Father. He understands perfectly what we are experiencing.
Because Jesus Christ endured the infinite atoning sacrifice, He empathizes perfectly with us. He is always aware of us and our circumstances.
In unfair situations, one of our tasks is to trust that “all that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” Jesus Christ overcame the world and “absorbed” all unfairness. Because of Him, we can have peace in this world and be of good cheer.

Bryan Stevenson

His legal practice in the United States is dedicated to defending the wrongly accused, ending excessive punishment, and protecting basic human rights.

Brothers and sisters, not throwing stones is the first step in treating others with compassion. The second step is to try to catch stones thrown by others.
“You mean there is something I can do for my dead parents and uncle?”
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