QA: Does God’s election of His Chosen make Him unfair?
In the Tanach (OT) the word “Chosen” is used when it refers to God having elected His people (refer quotations below).
A Bible concordance tracing the use of the word “elect” in the NT will confirm this same concept, that God indeed chooses an “elect” from amongst humanity.
Deuteronomy 7:6 (speaking of Israel) “For you are a people holy to the HaShem your God. HaShem your God has chosen (elected) you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Also 1 Kings 3:8; 1 Chronicles 16:13; Psalm 105:6; Psalm 105:43; Psalm 135:4; Isaiah 41:8; Isaiah 44:1; Isaiah 45:4; Isaiah 65:9; Isaiah 65:22
God chooses who He wants to Covenant with.
This Covenant relationship is the entire reason for our being. Amongst other, it can be related to a Marriage Relationship – the Bible’s caring description for His Elect.
The entire Biblical Festive cycle, which we have just ended this week with the culminating 7-day celebration of Succot, depicts this Life Cycle: from election and Divine Calling at Pesach, to the celebration of the Marriage festivity at Succot, as we enter the next Cycle towards eternity in His Kingdom.
Election causes raised eye brows when it comes to Divine election in mankind. It stirs rebellion as it carries with it the prospect of rejection of some. How can a fair God commit Himself to “election”? That is nothing but unfair favouritism, the accusation goes.
Thorough and thoughtful consideration of the real nature of Divine Election though, will confirm how infinitely fair and righteous the Divine Groom is.
From the outset – no civilized human being will deny a man the right of electing the woman whom he wishes to share his life with, except according to some distorted traditional concepts of matching couples, which certainly do exist in the world and have always existed. But such “made” marriages hardly ever lead to happy marriages – which should be the sole intent.
Who would think of denying any male attendant to a debutante’s ball, the right to consider and accordingly elect the woman of his heartfelt wishes? And what could force the young maid to accept these approaches to her hand in dancing?
So, in the Divine Marriage courtship, why would the Groom be denied the right to His Own election? And why would the elected privileged one be forced to accept the Invitation?
And then, after the first dance – what are the responsibilities and the choices for the elected chosen one?
Does she wish to proceed with the relationship? And if so, how far is she prepared to commit herself in conforming to the invitation and the approaches made to her. She holds the final sway in submitting to a closer relationship. And as the relationship grows, she will become aware of her responsibilities to conform, when she discovers the high calling she is privilege to. How far will she be willing to conform?
So, while she is privileged by her election, she in fact retains the final decision to a full commitment – or there would be no marriage forthcoming.
That is the sound nature of any blessed coupling of 2 souls who are in love.
And just as the prince at the debutante’s ball has no interest in electing any lady who does not befit his choice and requirements in life, so the Eternal God can not be expected to elect the ones who will “bite Him in the heel”, as was the destiny which was destined on a great part of mankind in the Garden of Eden who reflects an opposing spirit towards the authority of the Creator God.
The entire process is based on free will on the part of the elected: to choose to conform, or to reject the invitation at the outset, or along the way.
The metaphor enshrined in this Divine Marriage, even depicts a break down in the Marriage – as when the royal Bride of 10-Israel chose to rebel against the Household rules of the King and moved out, selling her body to the Egyptians. Yet, the Royal Hand remained outstretched to her to Return to the Marriage Covenant – all based on her free will though, on her acceptance and willful subjection.
What do we learn from this Covenantal relationship based on Divine Election?
Several vital issues:
- That we have no right to disapprove of His election. If a soul who has been truly called, does not befit our evaluation of conformance, we dare not question it. This applies to the many weird souls that can be found amongst His Called Ones. It is not our privilege to elect – we can at best be the privileged ourselves. We should therefore respect and rejoice in His election, even if we have reason to question it. In that respect, we are merely stewards and caretakers, butlers of His Household with no right to criticize His Guests.
- Does He choose His partners, or do they choose Him? Here we can compare His election with the finding of Truth. Unless He reveals Truth to a soul, all our efforts to reveal it to someone, are in vain.
Does he have to elect someone as His Life Partner when they reject Truth or oppose it? He knows the heart of man – the inner intent, and He is under no compulsion to elect a rebel against Truth.
And when one of His elect has not yet attained the level of Truth or righteousness that we personally would expect, we have again no right to question His election. The final choice of rejection is His Right at the time that He thinks good. This also applies to His entire election of His nation. Jews and the Land is so lightly and harshly criticized – and have been so throughout the ages. How audacious this criticism appears in the light of His Right to Divine Election!
- His election comes initially and along the entire Way, as a stirring, a beckoning towards a soul. Beyond this, there is no compulsion or force used. The elected has the final choice: for eternal life or eternal doom.
This places an enormous responsibility on the elect, who holds the final sway.
Are we truly aware of this in our daily striving? For many, the entire process stops at the initial election. It is regarded as proof of an eternal unchangeable approval. The history of the Divine rejection and exile of 10-Israel reflects the fallacy of such a deceiving self-assuredness. This would be like the debutant that runs around the next day, boasting her privilege, having been chosen by the prince of the ball – while she then continues her love affairs and commitments to her other lovers.
Election —-> Acceptance —- > Conformance —–> Salvation