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Should These Parents Sue

Should the parents of the children who died on a church outing sue the church and ministry responsible for supervising the children?

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 ---Lynda on 8/8/06
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I'm sorry but I don't know what happened. What happened?
---sue on 10/2/07

IMO, no. There is a scripture I believe that tells us not to sue our brothers, but I can't seem to find it. Can someone help me out? That is one American custom I will never understand. How is draining someone's assets into your pocket a suitable consequence for their actions? The only time money rights the wrong is when there was damage to one's physical property (not people).
---Katie on 3/28/07

Jack; what does this movie have to do with the question?
---Rebecca_D on 8/10/06

Did anyone see the movie I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN? It was about a Methodist preacher and his wife in their first parish in North Georgia early in the 1900's.

This very tragedy happened in the story.
---Jack on 8/9/06

Where was the parents in this church outing? Why couldn't the parents watch their own children? Grant it I have been to alot of church outings, and I watch my own kids, they are MY responsabilty, not the church. So no the parents shouldn't sue the church because they should have been watching their own kids.
---Rebecca_D on 8/9/06

Katie,you're welcome,but thanks to you,because I think sharing that version of the Bible plainly shows it says what it means and means what it says. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 8/9/06

As Christians we should be able to settle disputes among ourselves rather than looking to the world to solve our problems. We are not to "walk in the counsel of the wicked" (Psalm 1:1), but depend of God to give us wisdom, which He will do if we only ask. We are to forgive our brothers and love our enemies. Sueing is not the answer.
---Katie on 8/9/06

Thank you Darlene! I thought there was another one, but this will suffice. The NIV says, "If you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead one brother goes to law against another-and this in front of unbelievers!"
---Katie on 8/9/06

If the parents or child have suffered quantifiable damage, and it is the church's fault, a claim should be made upon the church. Their insurance company will then deal with the matter, and even if there is a substantial award made, the insurance company would pay it, and the church would have to pay nothing.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/9/06

Usually permission slips and releases must be signed by parents for any outing, including church outings.
---Jack on 8/9/06

Unless someone can verify and be able to prove gross negligence, it is a matter of implied consent for the child's participation in the activity.

Most lawyers would never touch such a case, since most churches don't carry that type of insurance and there is no financially viable party to collect from; it a waste of their time.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/9/06

Jack, from Bible 1Cor6:4 If then ye have judgements of things pertaining to this life set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I think it's telling not to use the leaders of the church but the lay membership. People who don't have a leadership role in the church so the judgement will not be colored by prejudice due to position. Aren't leaders usually more esteemed? It is literal,and wise, although Benny had a good point, it's perhaps outside the information given,but food for thought.
---Darlene_1 on 8/9/06

**Afterall, how would a church even go about determining its "least esteemed" member without seriously hurting people's feelings?**

My point exactly.
---Jack on 8/9/06

My reading of the "least esteemed" verse (1 Cor 6:4) is that it is just a mild hyperbole conveying that even the least member of the church would be preferable to a secular judge, however "wise". I don't think it should be taken too literally. Afterall, how would a church even go about determining its "least esteemed" member without seriously hurting people's feelings?
---Benny on 8/9/06

The church's insurance should handle any claims the families might have. This should be handled by insurance company dealing directly with families.
---Susie on 8/8/06

**choosing the lest [sic] esteemed to judge.**

Darlene, where did you get it should be the "least esteemed" judging? If that's the criterion, it would be an insult, don't you think?
---Jack on 8/8/06

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Bible says 1 Corinthians 6:1-5 not to sue a brother in secular court but rather take it before the church. To be settled in a Christian manner, choosing the lest esteemed to judge.1 Corinthians 6:6-8 says if have to go before secular court its better to suffer wrong. If it's truely the churchs neglience then go to the board and ask for a settlement before the church as the Bible says.
---Darlene_1 on 8/8/06

Why did the child die. Was it the fault of the church or the supervisors?
What is the parents' financial loss?
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/8/06

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