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.