See You In Court
Have you ever seen the inside of a courtroom? Have you ever hired a lawyer? America is famous for lots of laws, lots of lawyers and lots of lawsuits.
Here are some sample problems that some Americans might go to court about:
Your neighbor builds a fence that sits on your property.
Your competitor puts an ad on TV that says your product is terrible.
Your husband/wife moves to another state with your kids without your knowledge or permission
You fell off your bicycle onto your head and have permanent brain damage.
You got a speeding ticket.
How do people in your native culture respond to these kinds of situations? Would you consider going to court in the above situations? Why or why not? What are the some of the issues you might consider? What are some other possible responses to these situations?
If someone asked you to judge between them and their neighbor - how would you prepare? Would you be comfortable making a decision for them? Why or why not? Have you ever been in such a position?
Lawsuits in the Bible - Paul the apostle speaks in 1 Corinthians 6:5-7
“Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? Actually, then it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?”
Well, why not?
Jesus makes this comment about avoiding going to court:
“Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, in order that your opponent may not deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison”
Is this good advice? Why or why not?