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August 29, 2007 / beidson

Gospel, C.F.O.: Businessman Suffers Loss For “Boss”

My father-in-law recently lost some money to another businessman over a contract that was broken.  This other businessman is a believer and even attends the same church as my father-in-law, so you can imagine the surprise when my father-in-law first learned that the other gentleman would not be returning the money that was due him.

What whas my father-in-law’s response?  At first, he wasn’t sure what to do.  He sought counsel from a few other men in the church whom he greatly respects.  They advised him to sue the man and get his money back.  But my father-in-law sought more counsel and was confronted with 1 Corinthians 6:1-11, a passage which clearly forbids believers to take other believers to court, and for the most part, prohibits believers from going to civil court at all.  My father-in-law obeyed Scripture and never pressed charges.  He decided that it was better to take a loss because Scripture commanded him to do so, than to sue and get his money back, in defiance of Scripture’s clear command.  He honored the gospel because he loves the Supreme Judge, Jesus Christ.

Are Christians free to pursue litigation in civil courts?  What does the gospel have to say to a businessman and his financial issues?  Who is the boss when it comes to his money, or as the case may be, his loss of money?  How is Jesus Christ honored by livng out 1 Corinthians 6:1-8?  How is Scripture our “Chief Financial Officer?”

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