On Monday I did a review for the HBO documentary, Hot Coffee, a film about the power of corporations and lobbyists in the push for tort reform.
One commenter wanted to know why I should wait to read about the opinion of the Gospel Writers.
“Well, I don’t see ethics in the first place as to what to see as right or wrong, but to no give credit to human beings who make such claims, like “common sense.” Such an approach to ethics, morality, politics, economics, etc., places human beings at the center of existence, when as Christians, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer argues, Christ is our existence, put simply. Scripture points us to relying on Christ for discernment; because of our fallenness/sinfulness, we really don’t have a good grasp on right or wrong. That is why we need something outside of our system to judge, to criticize us. Christians refer to that judge as Christ.
Here is what the New Testament says about Law Suits.
Jesus, (Matthew 5:25-26 NRSV):
“Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court* with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.”
The apostle Paul (1st Corinthians 6:1-6 NRSV):
“When any of you has a grievance against another, do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels—to say nothing of ordinary matters? If you have ordinary cases, then, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to decide between one believer and another, but a believer goes to court against a believer—and before unbelievers at that?”
How should we go about Tort Reform with Jesus’s and Paul’s recommendations in the back of our minds?
- Documentary Review: HBO’s Hot Coffee (politicaljesus.com)