Oct 18, 2008

Deep pockets

According to Nebraska law, "A plaintiff must have access to the defendant for a lawsuit to move forward".    This state statute may have saved the day when a Nebraska District Court Judge threw out a strange lawsuit last week. In his ruling, Judge Marlon Polk wrote that the lawsuit couldn't continue because the defendant wasn't properly served. " ...Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice",  Polk ruled. I don't know if the defendant was pleased or not. Normally reporters would clamor to the defendant to get a reaction, but Judge Polk is right. This defendant doesn't appear in public that often. His name? God.


Yes, in a world of way too many lawsuits, a Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers filed a lawsuit against God. The Senator filed the lawsuit because The Almighty made terroristic threats against his constituents in Omaha. According to Chambers, God is guilty of " ...widespread death, destruction, and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants".


That's quite a charge. And if proven, I suppose it could land God in Jail. But even if the lawsuit continues (Chambers has a right to appeal), it might be difficult to prove. According to the Judeo-Christian account, after each day of creation God said,  "It is Good".    In fact, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss and harmony right after creation. But the Bible is very clear that the death and destruction that we see today may have been instigated by a third party. This third party is not mentioned in the lawsuit.


I would caution Chambers about getting into a lawsuit with God. When Job tried to take God to task for his ills, God's argument was strong and powerful. "Brace yourself like a man. I will question you. Where were you when I laid the earth's foundations? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!"   The point was made. Who was Job to question God? God's plans are more awesome than any human can ever conceive. When it comes to creating life and this universe, humans fall short.


When asked if he really believes that God makes terroristic threats, Chambers was adamant.  "Well yea. He says if you don't do this, I'm gonna do that". This demonstrates that Chamber's point of view about God is consistent with millions of others. Many people across the world believe that God punishes us for the wrongs that we do. So they live in fear of God.


But we don't have to live in fear. We know that God will always give to us the good things that we need. He doesn't punish us for our sins. He rescues us from them. Through Jesus, the lawsuit against us has been thrown out of court.




Pastor David Hook

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