“And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.” Luke 12:57-59
Every person with the possible exception of a sociopath knows innately what is right and wrong. Each of us has imprinted by God a moral code which allows us to distinguish between right and wrong. In today’s verses Jesus is telling us that we need to do the right thing. If we are wrong we need to let the wronged party know and make amends with them. If we let the courts decide we run the risk of not only an unfavorable outcome but very likely an unjust outcome. At least the outcome may seem unjust to us.
Our society today seems to believe that the courts should decide every disagreement and right every wrong. People sue each other at the drop of a hat and our courts are inundated with law suits that used to be decided between two people over a cup of coffee or maybe with the help of a trusted friend. The result is that everything cost more and people have trouble opening their medicine bottles. Companies are so afraid of these suites that they go to extraordinary lengths to make sure no one tampers with their product and we see warning labels on a jar of peanuts that the jar may contain peanuts. Yes, I have seen just such a warning label.
But to me the saddest thing is when Christians sue each other. While the unbeliever may dismiss their conscience or rationalize that what they are doing is really not wrong, Christians have the Holy Spirit there to remind us that yes what we are doing is indeed wrong. As Christians we need to get with our brother or sister that we have a disagreement and seek a common solution. If we are unable to do so then we need to bring our issue to a neutral fellow Christian to help resolve the issue. Always we need to treat each other with love and respect. The last thing we should want to do is get the secular court system involved in our lives and especially in our churches.
When we give some outside party control over our lives we should be ready to have our lives upset. We also should not be surprised when we get a politically correct outcome rather than a correct outcome. We go to courts saying we are seeking justice but what most want is not justice but for a judge to agree with them.
Have a blessed day,