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Christian Law Students Seek Path of Humility

Barry Bussey, associate director of the Seventh-dayAdventist Church's Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, was theguest speaker for the winter retreat of the Christian Legal Fellowship at theUniversity of Ottawa. A group of around ten students spent the February 4-6 weekend in prayer and fellowship focusing on the theme of humility and the law.

"You are brave young people," Bussey told the group. "You may not know of what you have asked whenyou chose the theme of the 'Law and Humility.' Over the years I have seen a number of truly gifted lawyers lose their way in the practice of law simply because they would not admit to making amistake. For example, in the real estate field where the lawyer failed to properly search title of property and upon realizing his mistake he refused to admit it and tried to cover it up. It is the covering up that is the real problem. Despite all of the jokes the fact is lawyers are still held with some esteem in society – it is a big deal to many that their children are in law school. But there are times when such prestige is overvalued to the point ofconceit. Therein lies the problem. We are to take Christ as our example ofhumility. "

The winter retreat is one of many such events that theOttawa chapter has organized in recent years. "These are young people who are on fire forthe Lord," noted Bussey. "They areearnest seekers who want to live their lives as a Christian witness even in lawpractice – they are off to a good start."

The students relayed stories of how difficult it is toeven broach the Christian worldview in law school even though opportunities arefrequently given to other non-Christian perspectives. They noted that there were native prayerprograms at the secular law school. Yetthe only time Christianity is mentioned is in the form of jest. "In one of my criminal classes," one of thestudents noted, "the argument was made that 'if we saw a person who claimed tohave a green monster on his shoulder and that green monster whispered into hisear as to what he should and should not do, we would put that person in theinsane asylum. Why then should we nottreat religious people any different who claim that their god has spoken tothem?'" The student was incredulous, "Iwas like, 'wait a minute! That is me youare talking about!'"

"There are times in all of our lives," Bussey shared withthe students, "that we have to humbly submit our wills to the Lord's leadingand guidance. It is never easy –throughout Scripture there is a common theme that humans have to make a choicebetween loyalty to the world or accept God's truth as revealed inScripture. That may mean we speak evenwhen it is unpopular to do so."