So I was reading this morning of a lawsuit by an administrative judge named Mr. Roy Parsons. In May 2005 Mr Parsons started the lawsuit as he claimed he was unsatisfied with the service at Custom Cleaners, a small dry cleaning business owned by the Chungs.
Mr. Parsons allegedly dropped off 12 pairs of pants in preparation for a new job, and when he went to pick them up, one of the pants was missing, and replaced with another pair that were not his. When asked about the pants, evidently the chungs were unaware of the mistake, and Mr. Parsons went APE!
He claimed several thousand dollars it was going to cost him in his new job. He wanted millions of dollars in legal fees, and the total bill grew to over $57 million dollars. That's right. You read it correctly. $57 Million dollars for a pair of pants.
So, if I read this right, you have two parties. Mr. Parsons who calls for an exurbanite amount of money because the cleaners ticked him off. The owners of the dry cleaners who have been scared out of their minds with an ominous $57 million dollar bill looming over their head. Three years of legal action that costs the tax payers millions. HMMMM. What is happening here?
Would it be fair to say that we are so prideful in our culture, that we've turned a legal system into a lottery?
I totally believe in the power of the legal system to stop disputes, and help pay for liability, but this is ridiculous. It's yet another reason I think the Bible holds the key to our living in the real world.
Jesus said, “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to
those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who
mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other also.
If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt. Give to
everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not
demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
What could have happened if Mr. Parsons just said, hey let's just get my pants back I dropped off. $50 MAX!
Or, what would have happened if the Chungs would have said, "We're so sorry, let me see if I can find them?" TIME
Or, maybe what would have happened if Mr. Parsons would have given grace to the Chungs and said, "thanks for giving me my 11 pairs of pants back, let me know if you find the others. here's my number." (I mean, how many pairs of pants can you wear at a time?)
All that to say, when we live life with a sense of grace, we forgo all this wasted time, anxious energy, and poor feelings for anyone. Why are we so quick to put the thumb down on the people that offend us, and try to nail them to the wall?
Oh, how the world could be a better place, if we just put things into perspective.
May we follow Jesus to the end of the earth.
May we not allow our pride and greed to rule our existence.
May we grow in our maturity, and give to others as we would have them give to us.