Rodney King’s famous plea in the middle of the 1992 LA riots seemed silly to me at the time. “Can we all get along? Can we all get along?!” Of course not. Haven’t you been paying attention? Under pressure people get pretty self-centered. In a mob setting all sanity is lost. Even the Bible notes that there will always be wars and rumors of wars.
Still we all know that all conflict is NOT equal. And some should be more easily resolved and avoided than they tend to be. Just think, haven’t you walked away from an intense conversation scratching your head and wondering how in the world did it get there? Why did I get so defensive? Why were they so intense. Too often it is our response NOT the actual situation that blows things out of proportion.
Perhaps Rodney King’s silly statement is needed when the situation itself is just silly!
1Corinthians 6:1-11 deals with a problem of Christians making a big deal of their struggles in the wrong arena. Many in that church were taking each other to civil court rather than just working things out. Keep in mind this was a pre-corporation, pre-insurance society. Real harm was done to each other AND to the reputation of Christ in the secular world as a result. Relationships were lost as was the credibility of the message that Jesus changes life & relationship.
1Cor 6:1 Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?
How does that happen today? What if we have blind spots in how we treat each other when we have disagreements or disputes with each other as fellow followers of Christ. I am very interested in hearing how you see this playing out these day.
I invite you to read the passage in advance and reflect on what God is asking of us? What should it look like today for us to work things out with God’s wisdom among ourselves instead of seeking secular civil authorities to settle things between us? Christ came to bring peace on earth… perhaps it would be better if we let Him start in our circumstances & relationships!
1Cor 6:5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, 6 but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?