I have been working at Youth With A Mission in Colorado Springs for the last few years, but recently I moved to Virginia to pursue law school. I was surprised that God called me to this area, as I thought I had left that behind when I joined ministry. It' very exciting.
I wanted to ask your opinion on something. My ultimate goal is to work with victims of injustice with International Justice Mission or something like that. I believe that someone trained in law in that area could do a lot of good. In the meantime, I am looking for a job in a law firm to gain experience in the area of law. It's kind of hard since I don't have a degree and am not yet a student. But one thing that concerns me as I look for a job is that there are a lot of areas in law that even Christian lawyers are getting involved in that seem unbiblical, such as bankruptcy and divorce. I know there are ok reasons for these things to happen in some exceptional cases, but it seems like for the most part they are unbiblical. It just seems hard to find a job in a law office where these things are not practiced. What are your views on the subject? I'm not asking you to make a decision for me, but you give great advice, and I thought I would see what you think.
Thank you so much.
Thanks, Carter, for the question and your kind words.
First of all, let me applaud your spiritual sensitivity and your desire to be consequential with your biblical convictions. The pattern you have chosen is not always appreciated in either the secular or even the general Christian world in which we live at this time. Decisions will never be easy.
Let me begin with the caveat that I know nothing about the world of law and don’t know personally any Christians lawyers with experience that I could draw upon in dealing with your issue.
However, in the U.S. there are many excellent and biblically sensitive Christian lawyers who could give you helpful and practical advice. I’d begin in your church. If there aren’t any, I would encourage you to look for an up-scale evangelical church of some size, and there in Virginia I would be surprised if there weren’t a number of Christian lawyers in the congregation. I would talk to the pastor and ask him to give you an introduction to one or two that he would recommend, write them a letter, and ask for a short interview, explaining your dilemma.
Since you are thinking of the possibility of serving with the International Justice Mission, you could write them. They have lots of lawyers working with them and I’m sure many have dealt with the very issues you are concerned about.
Lawyers are not the only one who struggle with the contemporary world view. Doctors are faced with the issues of abortion and other delicate decisions, accountants are occasionally ask to make decisions that fudge on tax laws, and I’m sure in almost any profession or work of any kind Christians are constantly faced with the moral demands of Scripture over against what may be economically profitable or advantageous in some way.
As you continue to pray about your decision and seek the Lord, I’m sure He will guide you. Part of learning to be a lawyer will be to begin to see that often the issues are not black and white but many shades of gray. This is what makes consistent Christian living so difficult and where we need the Lord’s wisdom.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you….
Many are the woes of the wicked
but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him” (Ps 32:9, 10).