Christians justifying suing each other? Seriously?

Has this Scripture passage become void?

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites … (I Corinthians 6:1-9 NKJV)

I am saddened by self-proclaiming Christians suing each other. Does not the bible teach the total opposite? We are not to fight amongst ourselves, we are not to stir up strife, we are actually BLESSED if we suffer wrongfully for our Lord! Yet we demand vengeance and justice as if it is ours to wield. What pride! And here there are self-proclaimed Christians puffed up and taking pride in other believers suing each other. Seriously?! How unlike Christ and fleshly! He suffered wrongfully but He prayed about it, He did not take His accusers to court. Are we not to follow Christ’s footsteps? Who do we think we are? Are we God? Are we not to focus our efforts on loving and building up the brethren, rather than wasting our energy and precious time on costly lawsuits? How foolish! How bizarre! We should be broken over our pride, not cheering each other on because of it!

I pray we as true disciples would follow Christ’s humble example and this truth:

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (I Peter 2:11-25 NKJV)

I’m a Christian, But Why Does My Art Fall So Short Of Excellent?

“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

For us Christian artists, that means every project we make or are apart of, we do it with Christ in mind. We do it for Him, and make it known that it is being done for Him.

If we don’t accept this, and want to keep the reason for why we do what we do, “on the low,” we are either ashamed of Christ and thus denying Him before man, or we are living to please man, and that means we are “no longer a servant of Jesus Christ.”

Being honest about our faith will cost us something. But denying it will cost us everything:

“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)

Doing everything in Christ’s name also means we do everything in excellence. If we commit a song, book, film, or even a simple blog to the Creator of this incredibly beautiful and grandiose universe and declare that to the world, how can we present anything short of excellent? I’m preaching to myself too here.

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.”(Colossians 3:23, 24)

To speak the truth in love, I say to Christian film-makers, why aren’t your films done in excellence? Why do you settle for mediocre acting and writing? Are you truly making these films for the Lord? Does not our King operate in a Spirit of excellence, and do we not have this same Spirit within us? Was not the temple built in astounding beauty and excellence, and were not the singers that sang unto our King utterly superb?

You desire to reach the lost, but who desires to spend money watching a poorly made film? I know I sure don’t. Why, if we have the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that are hidden in Christ, and if we are anointed by the Almighty, do we produce art that isn’t beautiful and moving?

I pray we repent and work diligently to produce only works of excellence for our Savior and King. He deserves nothing less, and we are not serving the people in love if we give them something that will have no affect on their soul.

“God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams of every kind. The king interviewed them, and among all of them, no one was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they began to serve in the king’s court. In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them 10 times better than all the diviner-priests and mediums in his entire kingdom.” (Daniel 1:17, 19, 20)

May we put forth art that is 10 times better than those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as Lord, that He may be glorified and His name all the more magnified on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.