In housegroup tonight we were working through a series of studies by J John about the 10 commandments. One of the verses and a comment by Liz Davies triggered something for me.
The verse was "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth".
The comment was that this was to prevent escalation of reparation out of control. You have an accident or someone wrongs you - you get compensation in equal measure to the wrong.
The UK is becoming increasingly litigious. Adverts for 'no win - no fee' lawyers are frequently seen in magazines and public places. I have long felt that justice by litigation is an unrighteous, dishonest and corrupt practice - the sign of a sick and rotten society. The claiming of punitive damages, or setting out to 'ruin' someone runs counter to everything in the bible. And especially as it seems to depend on who has the money for the best lawyer; not on reality or justice.
We are told to turn the other cheek if someone strikes us. Difficult enough. How will we resist the temptation instead to take the shirt off their back for it?