Dignity and Litigation

What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame? Proverbs 25:8

We live in a litigious society, which might be the understatement of the year. Everyone is suing whomever they can for whatever they can.

Sadly, Christians also are in the same mode. Some organizations even sue other Christians, which is in direct contrast to the teaching of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 6: The 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?

I’m sure they justify it however they want but it’s pretty clear teaching. And interestingly, it goes back to yesterday’s devotional on humility.

Often a mere mistake is punished by the threat of court and not taken for what it was, an honest mistake. If we are to conotinue to be relevant in this society as Believers, we need to rise above lawsuits and our quest to taking someone “to the cleaners.” Sure, we may win a lawsuit and the money that comes with it, but in the end we may lose a bit of our humanity and dignity.


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