1 Corinthians 6:1-11, “1If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? 2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! 5I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers!
7The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.
9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
In the year 2001, a little over 75% of Amerians identified themselves as Christians. ABC New’s poll found that 83% might be a little closer. Just for the sake of argument, if 80% was a fairly accurate number, then shoudln’t the justice system be 80% less busy?
Perhaps it is more telling that we trust the church very little. At least, if you stick with the law, you might get a little more than is fair, but a church’s judgement might be a little less fair. After all, getting an exactly fair judgement defeats the point, apparently.
Matthew 5:38-42, “38”You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
Perhaps we had lost along time ago when we failed to follow Jesus’ own words. There are alot of things we’ll have to answer for one day, and withholding proper justice, favoritism, and taking advantage of others is among them.