Lubbock’s Mayor Equates Planned Parenthood With A Southern Baptist Church: A Pastor’s Response

“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.” -Dan Pope, Mayor of Lubbock, Texas

Planned Parenthood, where vacuum aspiration abortions are performed. Planned Parenthood, where dilation and evacuation abortions are performed. Planned Parenthood, where babies are thrown in the dumpster daily, like common trash. And according to Dan Pope, Planned Parenthood is in some ways like a Southern Baptist Church. This is one of the most ludicrous, outrageous, asinine statements that I have ever heard. And Christians in Lubbock should be outraged.

Last year, Planned Parenthood performed 332,757 abortions. Over 300,000 lives were ended. That equates to 9/11 happening 100 times. In 2018, Planned Parenthood raked in $245 million dollars. Cashing in on the ending of unborn lives. How can anyone equate these things to a Southern Baptist Church?

On average, the Southern Baptist Convention baptizes 246,000 people per year. Over 200,000 people professing public faith in Christ. Over 200,000 people committing themselves to loving their neighbor as themselves. Over 200,000 people committing themselves to life-long discipleship. 200,000 people professing to having been born-again to a new life in Christ. The Southern Baptist Convention desires people to be born-again, Planned Parenthood ensures people aren’t born at all. The Southern Baptist Convention is a life-giving denomination, and Planned Parenthood is a life-taking organization. These two things couldn’t be more different, and I am heartbroken that we have local politicians whose minds somehow think these two things should even be in the same sentence with one another. God, help Lubbock, Texas.

The question really becomes why would a so-called conservative mayor say such things? Why would someone who claims to be Pro-Life, speak with such Pro-Choice language? Well obviously, everything isn’t what it seems to be.

Yesterday, on a radio show, Dan Pope said that he would vote down the ordinance to make Lubbock a ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ because Roe v. Wade is the ‘law of the land’. Which is not true, because Roe v. Wade is a court opinion, not law. This is a very interesting statement that Christians should take note of. Mr. Pope is using Romans 13 language, to try to argue that Christians should obey all the laws of the land, which is true, if the laws of the land are in line with the Law of God. When the government commands that Christians compromise what God has commanded, we have a biblical duty to disobey the government, and obey Almighty God. We must obey God, rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

Statements like these are frightening from an elected official, because it shows a willingness to deceive. It reveals a Scripture-twisting heart, and mind. Are these the types of people we want voting for things on our behalf? Are these the types of people we want making decisions for the land we, our children, and our children’s children will live on?

The Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinance, written by Mark Lee Dickson, is an ordinance that God loves. This movement is based upon the word of God. At every City Council meeting that Mark Lee Dickson attends, he stands on this passage in the Book of Amos,

“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.” (Amos 5:15)

We, as Christians are called to hate the evil of abortion. We are called to love what is good like God’s work in creating a child in the mother’s womb. We are called to establish justice within our city gates, and this would look like passing ordinances that prevent the lives of children being slaughtered. All of this in hopes that God will be gracious to our cities. Christians should care about who is elected in local government, so that we can obey this text, and God will be gracious to us. Christians should be informed about who is at the helm in their city, and Christians should vote.

Every time I drive by a sign that says, “Dan Pope, a Conservative for Mayor.” I laugh out loud. Conservative in what way? He has advocated for Planned Parenthood. He has equated Southern Baptist Churches to a place that performs abortions. He has been investigated by local news organizations, and they have found that he voted to grant tax dollars to a downtown restaurant where his wife is an investor. There seems to be nothing conservative about this person. Jesus said you will, “Know them by their fruits.” In other words, you will know them by what they do, not by what they say. You will know them by what they advocate for, and against, rather than what the sign on the side of the road says.

I pastor a Southern Baptist Church, and I take offense at my denomination being equated to Planned Parenthood. And all Southern Baptist pastors in the area should be offended by such statements. I am asking that all pastors in the area begin to pray, and ask their congregations to pray, that Lubbock establishes justice in it’s gates, and outlaws abortion by becoming a Sanctuary City for the Unborn.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

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