13th June 2014

Sue-Happy Nation 

“…lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a ploughed field
Hosea 10:4 (NIV UK) 

Hosea describes a society not dissimilar to ours. 

He explains that everything is about the bottom line: how much profit is there, where is the financial gain? The nation of “Israel is like a spreading vine”, intent on producing “fruit for himself.” In his selfishness he depends on his own strength. In trying to get ahead he eats “the fruit of deception.” Leaders make “many promises” to gain power, but those promises remain unfulfilled. People “take false oaths”: they say one thing but mean another. Greed has driven them to sue and get sued at an alarming rate (Hosea 10:1,4,13). Do you see any parallels to how things are today? 

What about Christians? Should we join in the trend of the way things are going? In particular, what about suing one another? How much a part of this litigious society should we become? Obviously there may be genuine injustices that need to be addressed, and at times we have to defend ourselves: but what about participating in the Sue-Happy approach that we often read about or hear of in the news? Hosea’s comment is that lawsuits were popping up everywhere like destructive weeds in a freshly ploughed field. Have you dug up your garden only to find that soon afterwards weeds spring up all over the place and threaten to destroy what you’ve planted? That’s the comparison Hosea is making. 

The apostle Paul referred to this very issue when he wrote to the Corinthians. “One brother goes to law against another”, he explained. What about love? We are to love one another, not sue one another: this seems to be Paul’s implication. “The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already” ­– love has not won through. The kingdom is not, he says, to the “greedy”. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you have to do it. Love practices restraint. Christians should stand out from the rest of society because we have been washed, sanctified and justified “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:1-11). 

Let’s choose the path of love, and be cautious about becoming part of our Sue-Happy nation. 

Prayer
Father, as we look at this unfair and unjust world, how much the more do we pray for your Kingdom to come. Help us, as we wait for Christ to return, to practice love one to another in thought, word and deed.  In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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ancientbibleAbout the Author:
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