It was a blistering hot day near the end of summer as three generations picnicked at the edge of the lake. While the adults got drunk, the small children splashed in the cool water. A few hours later, two of the adults and two children had drown; none could swim.
Relatives of the family have now filed a 4-million dollar lawsuit against the county for not warning that drowning can occur in water.
We live in a lawsuit-crazed society where court cases are continually televised as entertainment. A litigious world is nothing new, however. The Apostle Paul had to give the church members in the ancient city of Corinth a stern correction about this very problem. Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints … brother goes to law against brother … it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another (1 Corinthians 6:1, 6, 7).
The Corinthians were so used to arguing and fighting among themselves that their bef0re-Christ behavior carried over into their new lives. Paul called it shameful! His rebuke wasn’t because Christians couldn’t get a fair-shake in the courts or that wrongs among themselves were petty. The problem was that they didn’t respect their fellow believers to mediate their disagreements.
When Christians sue one another in the courts we’re saying to the world that we don’t have the wisdom among ourselves to know or determine right from wrong. We, who will one day judge the world (1 Corinthians 6:2) are unable to judge our own problems.
A believer may win a judgment against a Christian brother in a court of law, but he’s lost his case spiritually and morally in God’s Supreme Court.