“Know your rights!”
“Get what you deserve!”
With a major biblical emphasis on denying ourselves and serving others, you might think that Christians would have a lot to say about our culture’s hyper-concern about personal rights and a court system flooded with people demanding compensation for times they were even slightly wronged. But the church is remarkably silent on these issues.
Using secular courts to defend the helpless certainly has its place, and our freedom to speak and worship freely should also be defended in the courts, but Christians shouldn’t be as concerned with being wronged as most people are. In Deuteronomy 32:35, a verse quoted twice in the New Testament, God tells us to let vengeance up to Him.
As a whole, believers are no different from the rest of the world when it comes to taking others to court, often over relatively minor issues. Even worse is when Christians sue each other. We Christians don’t agree on everything; we shouldn’t expect to. However, I Corinthians 6:1-8 specifically tells us to settle our differences within the church. Making our internal battles public makes the church look bad in front of non-Christians. Who would want to be a part of a group with so much infighting?
This passage reinforces my belief that we really have a need for Christian arbitration services, something that may not even exist. (If you know of any, I’d love to hear about them!) Why aren’t we taking advantage of the wisdom of Christians who are willing and able to help others make peace with each other? Arbitration promotes reconciliation, keeps private matters private, and lessens the burden on our nation’s courts. It makes a lot of sense.
I am writing a series of posts about Bible passages Christians tend to overlook or underemphasize. If you have any suggestions for any ignored Scriptures to include, please let me know!