One of the fascinating things we see in the New Testament is Paul’s confidence in the local church as a place where justice can be done.
“When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! 2 Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? 3 Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So, you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. 4 If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? 5 I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? 6 But instead, one believer[b] sues another—right in front of unbelievers!”
This is fascinating. The first place where people should start to receive and experience justice is in the church. This happens first of all because as we have seen entry to the church is through the Gospel, membership of this new community comes through faith in Christ. This means Continue reading