Ris­ing above the blame cul­ture


Halifax Courier - - Business -

A79-year-old Amer­i­can woman bought a cup of cof­fee from a McDon­ald’s drive-through in 1992 but she spilled it on her lap. She sued McDon­ald’s for neg­li­gence be­cause she claimed the cof­fee was too hot to be safe. The jury awarded her $160,000 in com­pen­satory dam­ages.

An Is­raeli woman sued a TV sta­tion for wrongly pre­dict­ing the weather. The sta­tion said there would be good weather but it rained. The woman claimed that the fore­cast caused her to dress in­ap­pro­pri­ately – re­sult­ing in her catch­ing flu, miss­ing a week off work, and spend­ing money on med­i­ca­tion. She fur­ther claimed that the whole in­ci­dent caused her stress. She sued for $1,000 and won.

It’s not my fault, so it must be yours! We live in a blame cul­ture – a so­ci­ety that has to have a scape­goat. Some­one is to blame as long as it’s not me. As long as it’s not my fault, then I can claim dam­ages.

We have seen some strange de­ci­sions from our le­gal sys­tem over the years and we are tempted to take a rather cyn­i­cal at­ti­tude. The truth is that jus­tice usu­ally does pre­vail in our court­rooms. Un­for­tu­nately, those cases are sel­dom re­garded as news­wor­thy. Even when we hear of in­jus­tices, we need to re­mem­ber that all ac­counts are not set­tled in this life­time. In a world that of­ten seems out of con­trol, we need to be con­stantly re­minded that God is in con­trol, and jus­tice will one day pre­vail.

The won­der­ful thing is that if we have done wrong we don’t need to carry that bur­den on our shoul­ders for ever. This is the amaz­ing thing about the Easter story that we have just cel­e­brated. Je­sus died and rose again so that we might have true for­give­ness!

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