Testimony Tuesday: I Should Sue You, Except God

Finding out a magazine falsified and defamed my brand, but choosing not to pursue legal action.

Edward Gebel Photography


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Last week, a few people in NYC made me aware that I was featured in a small, start-up magazine.

“HUH?”– was my response.

I was never made aware by anyone that I would be in the June issue of this magazine; and I never consented to any of my pictures being used.

I read a bit of the article through the screenshots friends sent me and I became so enraged and hurt, I couldn’t do anything but pray. WHY would a “Christian” magazine do this? Why would a printed publication do this against my will? Do they really believe I am incapable of pursuing legal action against them? Do they even know who I am? And what I stand for?

…Based on the article, I would conclude that they have no idea who I am.

For starters, the title of the article alone is covered in grammatical errors. The body of the article flows in first person language, with no written author; and completely contradicts my brand. And to make matters worse, it is filled with corny language I would NEVER use.

After getting a copy of the magazine, I contacted my friend who is a lawyer for legal advice. He advised that my issue was a tort claim under defamation/falsity and I needed to contact a personal injury lawyer…Yup- that was exactly what I would do the next morning.

However, as soon as I made up my mind to pursue legal action, I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 6:6-  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? KJV

Really, Jesus? You want me to just allow this poorly thought out start- up magazine to defame my image like this? Am I supposed to just let this so called magazine get away with tarnishing a brand that I haven’t fully defined yet? Am I supposed to allow the editor of this magazine to make poor business decisions and continue to flourish.

“Yes. And this is just the beginning of people doing this to you.”- God.

Lawsuits Against Believers

1 Corinthians 6 speaks against taking legal action against believers, and rightfully so. As Christians, we shouldn’t allow unbelievers to judge our issues; but rather have reputable believers settle matters among us. The Bible tells us in this chapter that believers shall one day judge the world and judge angels. So how much more judge matters pertaining to this life?

The issue with taking legal action against believers, and having unbelievers judge matters among us, is that it doesn’t pursue peace and good understanding. Because lets face it, are you going to be at peace with someone who sues you? I know for a fact if someone sues me, I will never speak to them again, let alone forgive them. (Just keeping it real). And so pursuing legal action against your brother or sister in Christ, breaks the bond of love. And you might know that an offended person is more harder to win back than a fortified city (Proverbs 18:19). So the Bible tells us to stay away from taking the believers to court.

Leaving Room For The LORD To Revenge

Some might be wondering if there were ill intentions behind my feature in the article. Maybe someone intentionally wanted to tarnish my brand? Make me appear to be a hypocrite (funny how I’m wearing two things today that said article criticizes: strapless and high leg slit)? And to be completely honest, I do not know or care. Because I know that if the intentions were ill, the LORD shall surely avenge and turn this around for my good. Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord NIV

All Publicity Is Good Publicity

Is there any good in this feature? Maybe. You know they always say all publicity is good publicity. And while right now I could care less for “publicity” in the niche this magazine attends to, that might change in the future. Perhaps someone reading this judgmental article might be led to contact me and work with me in the future. I don’t know, really. Just let me be hopeful…

A Message to You

Please note- If you’re interested in featuring me in any printed publication (because I cannot control what the internet does), please get my consent first! Just because, as a Christian, I won’t pursue legal action against you doesn’t mean God won’t repay you for your slimy deeds.

{And if you’re wondering, yes, the magazine did send me an email apologizing after I called asking for the editor to contact me. No I do not think the email was appropriate, especially because I requested a phone call. But at least they tried… and yes I still plan to pursue some kind of action! It just won’t be legal… Never forget I am still a petty betty. And I won’t let years of hard work be destroyed with one stupid article…}

So if you do come across one of these magazines, do note that the author of the article adjacent to my picture is not ME.




1 Comment

  1. Ahema Asare
    June 13, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Wow! My sister, thank you for that testimony. The revenge will truly be from the Lord if this so-called publication feels it can just make stuff up. Not in this day and age and not in this country. They have no journalistic integrity. The entire magazine may be a sham. If that is the case their days are numbered in Jesus name.

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