I have noticed a tendency in some discussions, for people to imply that “Christian forgiveness” requires a Christian to NOT press charges against people who commit criminal acts against them, at least until an attempt is made to come to a resolution in private.
Now, of course, I have seen few people argue this is the case for, say, a total stranger who mugs you at gunpoint, burglarizes your house, etc. But some seem to think that if the offender is a family member, or is a friend, or is part of the same “Church family”, then it is actually immoral to press charges against them, or even sue them in civil court.
The problem I have with this, is that some people think a Christian shouldn’t get the legal system involved even for crimes that would be serious if committed by a stranger, such as rape, child abuse, etc. I am not speaking of Church leaders committing such crimes, I think very few argue crimes at that level should be covered up. I am speaking more about crimes committed by “brothers in Christ”, some people seem to still think those should be handled “in-house”.