Posted on May 22nd, 2012
The sad story of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Minnesota South District [MNS] selling University Lutheran Chapel [ULC] and planned eviction of the congregation there took another turn, with MNS supposedly serving eviction papers on ULC (reference here, but no documentation). There is a substantial discussion about the propriety of ULC suing MNS between Pastor David Kind and Pastor Mark Surburg, which you can read here.
Here is my question: Do those who allege that ULC is wrong to sue MNS (on the grounds of 1 Cor. 6, which instructs Christians not to take each other to court) also believe it is wrong for MNS to use the courts and temporal powers to force the congregation out of its church? Isn’t that the same problem, with Christians using temporal power against each other instead of resolving the dispute outside of the secular courts and powers of the sheriff? My question is a sincere one. How are the anti-lawsuit clergy reacting to the MNS using the power of the government to compel the eviction? (Or is it a matter of MNS handing papers to Doran, with Doran asking law enforcement to carry out the eviction?)
Another question: At what point is civil disobedience here appropriate? Are there any plans for an “Occupy ULC” movement?