It was a tense atmosphere, but it was obvious the Lord was present. Every human being that was in the City Hall of New Home, Texas last night, was there by the providence of God. There are no accidents, and that was clear last night.
As the vote to outlaw abortion within our city limits finally passed, many of the New Home residents, including myself, gave a loud cry of victory. I asked the room if I could pray over our city. In the prayer, I said this,
“Lord, fill our mayor, and our city council members with supernatural peace. Help them to see that they do not need to be afraid. The ones who need to be afraid are the ones who perform abortions in our nation. The ones who spill innocent blood in our nation need to fear You.”
What does all of this mean for the city of New Home, Texas? Why is this such a big deal? Let me give you some facts about what happened last night.
The New Home Ordinance immediately outlaws abortion within city limits, preventing any abortions from taking place within city limits. The New Home ordinance states,
“It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of New Home, Texas”
“it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the City of New Home, Texas.”
This is enforceable. The New Home ordinance has two major enforcement mechanisms, one being the public enforcement mechanism, and the private enforcement mechanism. The public enforcement mechanism is not immediately enforceable until Roe v. Wade is overturned (And we’re praying everyday that it is) The private enforcement mechanism is immediately enforceable. Under the section entitled “Private Enforcement” the New Home ordinance states,
“Any person, corporation, or entity that commits an unlawful abortion, other than the mother of the unborn child that has been aborted, shall be liable in tort to a surviving relative of the aborted unborn child, including the unborn child’s mother, father, grandparents, siblings or half-siblings. The person or entity that committed the unlawful act shall be liable to each surviving relative of the aborted unborn child for: (a) Compensatory damages, including damages for emotional distress; (b) Punitive damages; and (c) Costs and attorneys’ fees.”
In essence, the private enforcement mechanism makes it unlawful to perform, aid, or abet an abortion within city limits. And if one takes place, the one who performs the abortion, or aids, and abets an abortion are liable to lawsuits on almost all sides.
The ramifications of this passing in New Home are huge. With the City Council in Lubbock, seemingly balking at the ordinance while claiming to be Pro-Life, this puts the pressure directly on them. Mayor Dan Pope was quoted saying this about Planned Parenthood’s decision to move into Lubbock,
“Telling Planned Parenthood they can’t come to Lubbock would be in some ways like telling United they couldn’t build another store or telling the Southern Baptist Convention they couldn’t do another church start in Lubbock. It’s a slippery slope.”
Statements like these are very revealing of the heart, and give insight to the Conservative-Christian-smoke-screens that he, and other city council members have put up. Equating Planned Parenthood, where babies are murdered, to a Southern Baptist Church is ludicrous. The slope is not slippery, unless there is babies blood on it. New Home made a major statement to Lubbock that they are truly Pro-Life, and they are willing to put talk to action.
At every City Council meeting, Mark Lee Dickson stands up and reads Amos 5:15,
“Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”
This is why every city in Lynn County should consider following suit with New Home, and get behind Mark Lee Dickson. This is why pastors in West Texas must join this fight. This is about hating the things that God hates, namely the murder of children, and loving the things that God loves. This is about establishing righteousness within our city gates, so that Almighty God will be gracious to us. The only person we need to fear offending in this fight is God.
Mark Lee Dickson told me after this ordinance was passed,
“The Word of God is going forth, and I just want to do what God wants me to do. I’m simply standing on the Word of God.”
That is the beauty of this movement. It is spearheaded by the Word of God, and His Word will not return to Him void.
Senator Charles Perry told me prior to the ordinance being passed,
“We are praying that this ordinance gets passed in New Home, and it starts a domino effect in West Texas.”
Let the dominos begin to fall.
I am challenging all of West Texas to stand up for life, and make their city a Sanctuary City for the Unborn!