Not all lawsuits are the same. Some are potshot attacks hurled by activists who plot against practicing Christians such as Jack Phillips who was minding his own business as a baker but found himself being targeted by the Colorado government on account of his belief in traditional marriage. By contrast, other lawsuits, are cries for God-ordained help from the Romans 13 government to hold religious corporations accountable.
Throughout my Simpson saga, I kept wondering, “Where’s the ref? Is there no referee? I need a ref!”
What do you do when Catholic bishops refuse to stop Catholic priests from abusing Catholic children? Who do you call when denominational executives steer the church away from biblical foundations and try to seize church assets in the process? How do you manage when a professing Christian board refuses to submit to its own policies at the expense of someone’s livelihood and vocation?
In times like these, a grieved party can just let go — with knowledge that yet more children are going to be sexually abused, and that additional church assets will hostilely be seized, and that other employees who dare to speak truth may themselves be wrongfully terminated as well — or, instead, a grieved party can access the Romans 13 government and exercise the right to sue.
What do you think, dear reader? Does Scripture say that Christians are forbidden to defend the vulnerable by appealing to the courts?
In truth, Scripture says this: “To deprive a person justice in the Presence of the Most High, and to defraud a person of his/her lawsuit, of these things the Lord does not approve” (Lamentations 3:35-36).
Granted, I Corinthians 6:1-10 instructs us not to sue a “brother/sister,” but I Corinthians 6 says nothing about Christians suing professing Christian corporations. If you study the passage you’ll see that the context in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth in the first century pertains to rich Christians suing poor Christians in trivial matters that required “the smallest law courts.”
Here today in this blog, we’re talking about mega-matters, not trivial matters. We’re talking about otherwise powerless plaintiffs suing powerful corporations that are shielded by insurance policies. This type of lawsuit simply is not dealt with in I Corinthians 6.
Notice Jesus talks about lawsuits in Matthew 5:23-26. According to our Lord, if we remember that our “brother/sister” has “something against us” — for instance, as I have something against Simpson for violating my employment contracts two years in a row on the basis of false charges — Jesus says folks at Simpson are “first” to “be reconciled” with me, the grieved party, and to “make friends” with me “quickly” so that whoever is guilty may not be delivered “to the judge.”
Think carefully through this with me. Scripture says not to sue a “brother/sister.” But who are we to render as brothers and sisters? Sadly, sometimes the people we thought were our brothers and sisters conduct themselves as “Gentiles and tax gatherers.”
I personally reached out to eight different officials at Simpson University and appealed to each of them through all four steps of Matthew 18:15-17. I took pains first to remove “the log” from my own eye (Matthew 7:1-5) before attempting to to remove “the speck” from each of their eyes. In other words, I applied Matthew 7 first, then Matthew 18:15-17, only to conclude afterwards that Jesus was then instructing me to treat the eight people from Simpson — as well as the corporation known as Simpson University — as unbelievers, that is, “as Gentiles and tax gatherers” (Matthew 15:18).
NOTE: I believe the way to treat Simpson as “Gentiles” is to treat those certain people as unbelievers. Of course, God alone knows who is truly born again and alive in His Spirit. I cannot say definitively whether the board members at Simpson are true Christians or not. What I can do, however, is treat them as unbelievers because they “refuse to listen” (Matthew 18:15-17), not only to me, but to others who respectfully have confronted them as well.
In August 2012, I tried to make friends with each and every member of the Simpson University board. I notified each one of them individually approximately five weeks before I sued. Each of them was apprised that Dr. Dummer had blatantly breached my contract when he fired me (via email) in July 2012 just as Simpson’s former president had willfully breached my contract when he fired me on-the-spot in June 2011 the year before.
Here’s a copy of the letter I sent to Simpson board members on August 29, 2012.
Upon receiving my August 29th letter requesting “governance integrity,” I soon heard back from then-Simpson President, Larry McKinney, who directed me to have a lawyer talk to Simpson’s lawyer.
None of the Simpson board members would talk to me as a Christian. All instead relied on Simpson’s San Francisco lawyer whom I believe was assigned to them through Simpson’s insurance company.