To begin the session:
Distribute copies of the “Fair Enough” exercise from the activity page, which you can download here. Have students work in small groups to discuss the fairness of the situations described. Note that there are no clear right or wrong responses. Limit discussion time to no more than five minutes.
After the activity, pose one or more of the following questions for a whole-class discussion: 1–What frequently causes people to complain about being treated unfairly? 2–Why is self-interest the worst criterion by which to evaluate fairness? 3–What better criteria exist?
Make a transition by saying, “People want fairness and expect justice—it’s human nature. But is justice a matter of personal, subjective expectation? Let’s see what God had to say about this through the prophet Amos.”
To encourage personal application:
Distribute copies of the “Seven Days of Justice and Righteousness” exercise from the activity page as a take-home. As an incentive to complete it, promise that you will begin next week’s class by discussing results.