Duh-dun, Duh-dun. "The litigants are entering the courtroom..." Duh-dun, Duh-dun...
These words (and unfortunately...music) have been running through my head for the past couple weeks. I remember seeing the original People's Court when I was a kid and thinking how scary Judge Wapner looked. I always thought he was unduly harsh on the plaintiffs and defendants. As I got older and took a good look at most of the plaintiffs and defendants, I understood why he was harsh. Why were these people wasting their time and probably money to hash out petty disputes? (Not to mention the question of why they'd choose to do it on public television.) Why couldn't they just work it out rather than drag it to a courtroom?
Now, I understand. At least for some of them, it's not their choice. Someone summoned and they must appear. Tomorrow morning, I'll find myself in that exact position. I suddenly have more compassion...at least for the defendants. I don't view myself as the kind of person who "goes to court", but at 9:30 tomorrow morning, I will be. I have no choice. The Pastor and I are being accused in a small claims, civil matter and now we must go and defend ourselves. Not my idea of a fun day, but when I get overwhelmed with the possible outcomes, I remind myself...
"Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Judge me, Oh Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High God.
O righteous God,
who searches minds and hearts,
bring to an end the violence of the wicked,
and make the righteous secure."