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Mary Fairchild

Should Christians Sue in Court?

By June 1, 2012

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A visitor to the Christianity forum brought up this concern:

    Three years ago I was in a car accident and now am in the middle of a lawsuit with our insurance company to get my medical bills paid, which, as of today, are over 51,000 dollars. I was reading yesterday in the Bible where it says you should not sue or have lawsuits. Now I am torn. I so want to be a good Christian.

    Am I wrong for trying to get my medical bills paid? This is troubling me terribly. As a relatively new christian, I don't understand the Bible very well, but I certainly want to do God's will. I pray daily to be the best Christian wife and mom I can be, so I certainly don't want to go against God's Word. Thank you to anyone who can help me.

My answer began with an explanation of the passage in 1 Corinthians 6, which deals specifically with lawsuits between believers. Paul was directly addressing conflicts within the church. As a testimony to unbelievers, he taught that Christians ought to demonstrate love and forgiveness and certainly be able to settle their differences without going to the secular courts. However, the Bible does not say a Christian can never file a lawsuit. In fact, Paul appealed more than once to the legal system, exercising his right to defend himself under Roman law.

The question spurred me to expand my answer into a study of what the Bible says about Christian lawsuits. If you'd like to take a look, we'll examine the biblical pattern for settling conflicts in the church. We'll also consider instances when legal action might be appropriate for a Christian. If you're facing a potential lawsuit, the article also provides practical and spiritual questions to help you decide on a course of action.

Read: What Does the Bible Say About Christian Lawsuits?

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November 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(1) David Conklin says:

>1 Corinthians 6, which deals specifically with lawsuits between believers.

And with a court system composed of unbelievers.

June 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm
(2) E says:

I believe like Fairchild said its all about motives. In an instance such as this she is seeking compensation which if she wasnt in the wrong she rightfully deserves. If her intent is to “make him pay” and “sue someone for everything they have” then her intentions would be wrong and she should not be suing according to christian standards. However, again if the former she has every right to receive compensation for her staggering hospital bills. She should remain in constant prayer that she doesnt get greedy with the potential reward. Get as much as you NEED and thats all.

June 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm
(3) cmaglaughlin says:

This verse also applies to taking your spouse to court to divorce. If Christians can’t believe God to work reconciliation in their marriage then why should the world believe He can raise the dead. In fact, churches should shut down until THAT sinks in. otherwise they are a sounding brass, a tinkling cymbal. No wonder so many are lost. The saved look and act just as lost as the lost!

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