It Is Another Great Day!
About six months ago or more I signed up to receive a 90-day free trial for an “Author’s Learning Center” subscription with a $9.99 a month payment after the 90 days. It was to help a novice writer like me to prepare for the writing world and the publishing of my potential book. I marked the date on my calendar to make sure that if I wanted to continue to receiving these email editions to go online and view these ways to become a better writer and help me publish my book, I knew the cut-off date. I did go online to read and learn about being an author. There were only a few things that I thought related to me as the first month passed. I was drawn less and less to the articles and enhancements that I as a new author was supposed to learn. I waited a couple of weeks before the expiration date to cancel my subscription. After the subscription date I received a number of calls and emails to talk to them about the subscription. One evening I got caught with a phone call in my church study by one of the representatives. We talked for about one-half hour and told her why I did not desire to sign up again. Later I received another call and again I shared that I did not desire to sign up again. She offered me a 30-day extension free of charge. I told her that I did not desire to receive any more of the ALC’s material. I became very busy with the Kitchen Remodel project and so I did not attend to my personal budget as I usually do. When I sat down about two months later, I found that I had been charged for two months and as I looked online, I found another month had already been charged to my credit card account. I called and talked to two representatives and found it to be a waste of time. I learned a $30 lesson once again. Is not life filled with lessons for us to learn? Sometimes we need to learn them over and over again, or in different ways. I thought that this publishing company which claims to be “Christian” would be reputable…but I was disappointed. We just have to watch those that claim to be Christian-based. I know which company that I shall not have publish my book should the Lord allow me to get to that point. I am convinced that I shall get to complete my first book and do another one after that…in His time!!!
1 Corinthians 6:4-6 – 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
Subject: Judges Who Despise Christians
Who are “those” who have no standing in the church? It is the people who are the judges and juries in this world who are unsaved. The word “no standing” mean to despise the people without value. The people it is referring to have no qualifications spiritually for judging people with biblical justice and fairness. It is not that there are some judges and juries who never evaluate with the intentions of being fair, but since they are not saved, they cannot have a real understanding of people who are Christians because they despise God, the Bible, and the Christian values.
As Christians when we take another Christian to court in ordinary matters and bring the facts of the case before the judges, they will not interpret the Bible as a believer would and therefore render a conclusion that is not biblical.
Paul asks the question of “why do you do that?” The unsaved person has no ability to understand the ways of God. He further asks, are there not people in the congregation as leaders that can settle a dispute between believers? Is there none who is wise (prudent) enough to make a settlement in any dispute? Paul is speaking about a man who is prudent (wisdom with practical understanding). And is the reason for a Christian to go to law against another Christian is because no one is willing to take the responsibility to make an evaluation or judgment in such cases?
Please understand, when a case between a believer against an unbeliever is needed to be judged, the case should always go to the courts of law. It is not wrong to sue an unbeliever for some issues or matter before a worldly judge and needs to be evaluated for guilt for an infraction of the law. But this should not be the case for a believer against a believer. These types of legal decisions should be left up to spiritual leaders in the church.
Do not let a church a group of Christians be put to shame (embarrassment) by taking another believer in Christ to court or to be sued. It is important to take care of matters outside the public eye in such matters and take care of them within the church.
Qualified to judge,
Scripture is from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.