seems as if Americans have become addicted to taking each other to
court with lawsuits for a wide variety of reasons.
The civil courts are being overwhelmed with thousands of legal
claims that many times seem to me to be quite questionable.
If someone slips while climbing a ladder the manufacturer of
the ladder will be taken to court.
Although health professionals have been warning about the
dangers of tobacco smoking for over 50 years and packets of cigarettes
have had warnings printed on them, people still sue the tobacco
companies for their health costs.
One lady sued the McDonald food chain when she spilled hot
coffee. Her claim was that
the coffee was hot. She
received millions of dollars. Porsche
motor company had to pay millions of dollars after losing a court case
to someone who had an accident in their sports car from driving too
fast. Their claim was that
Porsche should have warned them how powerful the new automobile was.
I would have thought someone bought that car because of its
high performance capabilities.
of this and more has encouraged more and more young people to become
lawyers to go to law school to take advantage of the financial rewards
in being a part of this profitable part of the US legal system.
This has also created a new career called Mediation.
With the courtís approval, people with complaints against
each other over contracts, employment or divorce can now avoid long
court delays and high legal costs by taking their case to a Mediator.
The mediator still charges from $150-$300 an hour, but the
final costs are often much less for all involved.
all of this set me think about living as a Christian in the 21st
Century. Yes, the
Bible does have a few things to say regarding Christians suing each
other. The whole issue of
ethics, getting more than I might honestly deserve and how I choose to
resolve disagreements come into play.
This subject also got me thinking about how easy it is to
convince myself that someone else is at fault when I find myself in
some sort of trouble. Some
people go a step further and are sure that whatever happens is either
Godís fault, or that the devil made them do it.
where does personal responsibility come into play?
When do I stop blaming society, or God or my parents, or the
government or my lack of education for where I find myself?
I do believe that as a Christian, I can thank God for his
guidance, his inspiration and for creating me with intelligence and
creative energy. I also
have found it true that most of the problems I find in my life are of
my own making due to my own choices.
And even if I find myself in circumstances that are out of my
control, resenting others and blaming them doesnít really bring a
solution. What does move
me forward is the hope and encouragement I receive from the Scripture,
from the stories of others who moved beyond their own problems and
from friends and family who believe in me.
may someday need the services of a mediator or I may actually become a
mediator for others. But I
also take courage that in the real big issues of Life and Eternity
Godís Word reminds me that I already have a mediator in Jesus
Dwight Lehnhoff for Network 7 News.