Is this a Christian Law Office?
Gerald Nordgren is a member of the Christian Legal Society and a Christian attorney. Being a Christian is not a requirement for working in his office. So the answer is no, it is not a Christian Law Office.
Will I get tracts with every bill or hymns when I call the office?
We represent clients from many backgrounds and have no intention of forcing our beliefs on clients. If the client is a Christian and/or requests it, Mr. Nordgren will be happy to pray with them or answer questions about his faith. His faith affects the way he treats clients and affects the decisions he makes–he acts with integrity in all areas and will not lie. Many clients are happy to find an attorney who treats everyone as an individual rather than a case.
How can he handle divorces and child custody battles if the Bible teaches against divorce?
Mr. Nordgren believes strongly in the importance of marriage and the family but this does not mean he stays away from these cases. Individuals being divorced who don’t want the divorce need to be represented too. A parent seeking child custody to punish their spouse needs to be prevented from destroying the family they have walked away from. He believes that being an attorney does not mean that he has to be harsh or uncaring to clients who are in difficult situations.
How can he represent clients and be a Christian (because he has to turn the other cheek?)
The passage in Luke that includes turning the other cheek begins with Luke 6:27: “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” (NASB) The context for that passage is how we would deal with personal enemies.
There are plenty of other verses in the Bible that indicate we are to do what is just and to defend those who cannot defend themselves:
- “He has told you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 NASB
- “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.” Zechariah 7:9-10 NASB
- “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17 NASB