This is God’s timing. Just this morning, a podcast telling my story was released.
After you hear Lina Abujamra’s Hope Podcast Episode 5, you may wonder where things in the Simpson saga stand right now, today.
So let me try to explain. Soon after I filed a lawsuit against Simpson University in October 2012, Simpson tried to get my case thrown out of court by appealing to Religious Defenses. Essentially Simpson tried to say that my Simpson employment contracts — that Simpson officials drafted and signed– are legally meaningless.
Simpson got away with that for over six years. From late summer 2012 until September 17, 2018, it was almost as if I had no California citizenship, no contract at all, and no civil rights. I was overrun by the Simpson Corporation known as “Simpson University.”
No one in power was there to protect me. No board member. No church authority, no denominational leader. No one with power in the religious corporation expressed a willingness to be truthful or to stand up for what is right. I simply had no venue in Simpson for voicing my response to Simpson’s false accusations, even though Simpson put it in writing in both of my written contracts that I am entitled to “due process.”
But God helped me.
God — who knows how especially extremely vulnerable I am in this story as a woman–answered my prayers and helped me.
God raised up godly people — who had no positional power–to take action informally and serve as powerful prayer warriors to stand in the gap with me.
By God’s grace, I, in my non-lawyer status, was able to appeal to the Third District Appellate Court in Sacramento and stand before three Justices (Blease, Butz, and Renner) and argue my case myself.
Though multiple lawyers all predicted I would lose, I won.
To God’s glory, this week on September 18, 2018 a great reversal happened: My Simpson employment contracts survived Simpson’s attempts to nullify them outright within the context of the courts. My God-protected contracts weathered the storm of Simpson trying to make them mean nothing.
Yes, I rejoice, but I don’t want to spike the football, so to speak. My involvement in this protracted legal battle primarily pertains to a greater cause than just winning a personal lawsuit (which I have not won yet overall. I won this part of the lawsuit at the appellate level, but that just means that Simpson has to face the trial court in Shasta County since Simpson’s attempt to get my case thrown out of court has now failed).
To be very clear: My goal in fighting this battle is to build integrity in the Church. I am suing because we are not going to have integrity in Christian organizations unless we also have accountability.
Unaccountable power, unaccountable institutional power in the hands of people who do not fear God is a dangerous, destructive, scary thing.
Sovereign God, however, set up the Romans 13 government. Of course, the government is imperfect, but it is nonetheless God’s tool.
To give you some perspective, for the Third District Court of Appeals in Sacramento officially to have affirmed the legal viability of my Simpson employment contracts is huge.
I cannot explain the full measure of my thanks for all of you who are walking with me in this hardship, praying, ever praying. Thank you, oh so much, for your fervent prayers.
The wellspring of my joy is God Himself. I take heart, and I have hope because of God. So often I remind myself that God delivered King David through every tribulation and trial. Eventually God will do the same for me and also for you in your hardship. . . if you and I will step out in faith and bet on God.
Remember Psalm 34.
A Psalm of David
1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life
And loves length of days that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are [d]crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.