Losing a job this season is pretty tough, but for Tony Awards nominee Chad Kimball’s case, the reason why he lost it was another story. He allegedly was fired because he was open about expressing his Christian beliefs.
Broadway Actor Chad Kimball had been part of the hit show “Come from away” for several years. Recently, he filed a lawsuit against its producers for firing him.
He released a controversial stand against a COVID-19 policy in his home state Washington last year. He was not in favor of not letting choirs sing in limited church services. This tweet received a lot of backlash from his followers. “I was confused as to why people would be so egregiously vitriolic in their responses,” he explained to the New York Post “Some people told me to take the [first] tweet down or apologize. But I wasn’t going to do that. I did nothing wrong.”
In a Twitter post last November, he strongly disagreed with Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee for not allowing choirs to sing in the church services and for not also letting the members sing as well. He considered this as a tyrannical act. “Respectfully, I will never allow a Governor, or anyone, to stop me from SINGING, let alone sing in worship to my God. Folks, absolute POWER corrupts ABSOLUTELY. This is not about safety. It’s about POWER. I will respectfully disobey these unlawful orders. #inslee #Tyranny #truth,” Kimball tweeted.
Respectfully, I will never allow a Governor, or anyone, to stop me from SINGING, let alone sing in worship to my God. Folks, absolute POWER corrupts ABSOLUTELY. This is not about safety. It’s about POWER. I will respectfully disobey these unlawful orders. #inslee #Tyranny #truth pic.twitter.com/84UDiozOd1
— Chad Kimball (@chadkimball1) November 15, 2020
A couple of months after, Kimball said that he was told by Susan Frost, the show’s producer, that he was no longer part of the show. He said that Frost told him that there were “concerns” that the “events at the Capitol, Josh Hawley, and the Conservative Christian movement were tied together and implied a connection between Mr. Kimball, by virtue of his faith, to the ideas and actions of the January 6, 2021 events at the US Capitol.”
Kimball has filed a lawsuit for being allegedly discriminated against about his faith. His legal filing partially states he was “unlawfully terminated…because [his] religious beliefs simply made [his employers] uncomfortable.” He remains adamant and will continue to fight for this. “As Christians, we are commanded to seek out justice, truth, and restoration. The law gives us opportunities to do all of those things,” he said.
Despite this, Kimball still prays for his co-workers and wishes them nothing but the best. There will be times that our convictions as Christians will be challenged, but the important thing is, we need to fight for what’s right before God’s eyes. One’s primary goal in life is to please God in everything he does, says, or thinks, regardless of the circumstances.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Colossians 3:23