July 31, 2015

Dear Planned Parenthood Supporter, You Are the Dentist!

by Jordan Standridge

In 2 Samuel 11, it seemed like everyone was sending someone somewhere. David does some sending (2 Sam 11:3, 6); Joab sends Uriah (2 Sam 11:6) and later a messenger (2 Sam 11:18); even Bathsheba sends people (2 Sam 11:5). But throughout all of this sending in chapter 11, there is someone eerily missing: God. We’re left wondering, “Will God get involved and do some sending of His own?”

In chapter 12, we get our answer. God takes over this mess of a situation. He gives David enough time to feel the weight of his sin, and then sends His prophet Nathan to confront David (2 Sam 12:1). He does so by telling a story of a rich man who takes a poor man’s ewe lamb pet, and cooks it for his visiting friend. And although everyone would agree that it was an absolutely evil thing to do, David’s reaction is over the top, He screams “As the Lord lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die” (2 Sam 12:5).

David recognized that it was a wicked thing for a man with plentiful herds to kill the only companion a poor man had so they could enjoy a meal. The problem, though, is that David had no business calling anyone out on their sin at the moment, since he had just murdered many innocent people! He committed adultery (2 Sam 11:4), impregnated Uriah’s wife (2 Sam 11:5), took Bathsheba as his own (2 Sam 11:27), and then killed Uriah and other soldiers (2 Sam 11:17) just to cover up his evil. After killing a human being, David is nevertheless incensed that the rich man would kill a lamb.

In the next verse, Nathan utters two words that will sink David’s heart forever: “Attah Ha-ish!” “You are the man!”

And if that doesn’t sound bizarrely similar to the events of this past week, I don’t know what does.

Cecil the Lion was killed by a dentist (apparently it’s important to keep repeating his profession; I guess dentists are evil). Cecil, a celebrity in his country, was loved to the point that scientists were tracking his every move. You could say that Cecil was loved as much as the lamb in Nathan’s story was loved by its owner. And we all should agree that killing a lion, for no apparent reason other than stroking one’s ego, is not God’s design. But the timing of the outrage over this demonstrates the utter hypocrisy of our society. When millions of Americans are calling for the dentist’s extradition, his imprisonment, and even his murder (!), one can’t help but to point to the Planned Parenthood scandal and scream, “Hypocrites!”

 

I think it’s time to shout like Nathan.

“America, you are the man!” “This dentist ain’t got nothin’ on you!”

Hypocrisy is on full display when people sit by and watch Planned parenthood abuse young women, dismember babies, sell the limbs for cash, and not feel any emotion, but get choked up over the death of a lion. The irony that people are mourning the death of Cecil the Lion, all the while ignoring or happily supporting the merciless murder of human beings carried out by Cecile Richardscecilerichards37
and her henchmen at Planned Parenthood, is just too much to handle. Some would say the similar names are a “coincidence” I say God is displaying our depravity, right before our eyes, which would be undeniable if our minds weren’t darkened in understanding (Eph 4:18; cf. Rom 1:28). The abortion industry has so seared our collective conscience that we lose our minds over the mistreatment of a large cat, but don’t bat an eye at the merciless slaughter of millions of helpless human beings. Annually. Planned Parenthood, and all those who support it, have proven that they have lost any grip on reality.

The fact of the matter is that people everywhere need to repent and give their life to Jesus. And my prayer is that this clear, undeniable hypocrisy would prick the consciences of many — that they would come to their senses, repent of their wickedness, and turn to Jesus in faith for forgiveness and righteousness. Because of the Gospel of Christ, there is still hope in the wake of Planned Parenthood.

In 2 Samuel 12, the severity of David’s sin and hypocrisy pierced him to the heart. But there was hope. He went home and penned Psalm 51, a beautiful song of confession, repentance, and pleading with God for forgiveness and restoration. And God answered David’s prayer. Pray with me that many would read Psalm 51 and find the same forgiveness and restoration that David found, through Jesus alone.

Jordan Standridge

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Jordan is a pastoral associate at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA, where he leads the college ministry. He is also the founder of The Foundry Bible Immersion. You can find his personal blog at surrender.us.
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  • Thank you for this sobering, insightful article.

  • Cynthia-Dan Alford

    Love this!!! Thanks for posting this very sobering and honest and factual, might I say, article!!

  • Rachel

    Excellent, I too thought the exact same thing, how depraved is this culture. How anyone can doubt human total depravity blows my mind…We’re not all as bad as we could be but given the right circumstances it becomes evident we are utterly wicked, hostile in mind and alienated from God

  • Mercy! Never before has a parade of fools been so blatantly on display for all the world to see as we have seen these past few years, months…days. The divide is utterly stark. As the Lord reveals *who man really is* may multitudes be brought to their knees in repentance and faith…soon!

  • Great insights, Jordan. I too pray that people will realize their hypocrisy and turn to their only hope of salvation!

  • Wes Jamison

    Why is trophy hunting not in God’s design? Reference? Verse? Principle? 1 Samuel 17:36-37?

    • Michael

      As someone disgusted by trophy hunting since my pre-Christian days (those were most of my life) I would like to read a case made that hunting for sport is not Biblical (or that it is).

    • Jordan Standridge

      I definitely think it’s a grey area and so I’ll let smarter people than me answer. I will say though that David didn’t necessarily kill animals for fun but did it to protect his sheep. What I do know is that I want to stay focused on the millions of murders happening and not get sidetracked into secondary discussions.

    • 4Commencefiring4

      Trophy animal hunting is probably akin to trophy wife hunting: Not specifically banned, but often less rewarding than expected.

      • Jason

        I’m going to have to go with Commence on this one. This topic isn’t so much about whether the act is explicitly condemned as it is just without merit.

        How the Bible sees trophies – Ecclesiastes 4:4: Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

        Killing an animal can actually be an act of stewardship. However, in the case of trophy hunting it seems only to be an act of vanity.

  • Karl Heitman

    Good word.

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  • chrisleduc1

    How about the Christian who votes for a political candidate that has made it clear they will vote to allow babies under 20 weeks of age to be mutilated? We like to call it the Pain Capable Act, but if we’re honest we could call it what it really is – the abandon +90% of the babies tortured to death by way of compromise, and act like something less than abolition is victory Act. Wouldn’t it be fair to say that those who vote for candidates that support such bills are also the Dentist? Since when is incrementalism and comprising with sin a Biblical position/strategy?

    • Jordan Standridge

      It would be tough now for people who have seen the videos to be satisfied with a 20 week limit since most humans being murdered in the video are below that age. I would not see the passing of a bill that still allows abortions all the way til 20 weeks as a win. I doubt many Christians would.

      • chrisleduc1

        That’s a curios observation. People were happy to be “pro-life” and thrilled about the Pain Capable Act, but now it’s learned that body parts are being sold and all of the sudden everyone is outraged. In all seriousness – Christians have been the ones pushing the Pain Act even though it left the overwhelmingly majority to the slaughter. So what do you think is the impetuous now to ban all abortion? What’s changed?

        • elainebitt

          Not everyone who label themselves “Christians” are one. To claim to be one and to act/think contrary to God’s revealed Word is a good sign that the person is not a Christian at all, only a label-bearer.

          And to answer your question, nothing changed. Real Christians always fought to end abortion. It’s murder.

          • chrisleduc1

            “Real Christians always fought to end abortion.”

            Thats just not true unfortunately. Go ask a handful of true Christians exactly how they’ve fought to end abortion. Sure there are a few. Ive been outside the abortuary. I know how many go there. Ive been on social media for years, I know how few every say anything publicly about it. I know how many have pushed for absolute compromise by abandoning +90% all murdered babies. I can literally count on one hand the number of Christians Ive ever even heard, much less met, that call for the complete abolition of abortion. Ive attended several churches in very busy cities with very large congregations in three different corners of the country and in my limited experience, most true Christians that Ive met are doing absolutely nothing to abolish abortion.

          • chrisleduc1

            Allow me to simply illustrate my point. What has been the overwhelming rally cry by Christians and Christian organizations, especially on social media over the last week? Is it primarily “De-fund Planned Parenthood” or is it “abolish all abortion”?

  • tovlogos

    Amen to your prayer, Jordan. I pray that the faithful in Christ are preserved, and those who would come — come quickly.
    Realistically, I would be far more surprised if people today rose up more against abortion, than an animal. Darkness prevails until all things have been accomplished. Although 2 Thessalonians 2 hasn’t been fulfilled completely, the effects are obvious.

  • Steven K Fortt Sr.

    Very sobering. It is also worth noting that David, while forgiven of his sin and not put to death for it, endured the lasting consequences of that sin and had it pass down through the lives of his children. The sword never left his house. What he did in secret was done in public view on the roof of his palace. His daughter raped by one of his sons, and the majority of his remaining sons put to the sword in vengeance. The rebellion of Absalom, followed by the deaths of a trusted adviser and thousands of soldiers.

    Thanks be to God, David was not condemned, but the *consequences* impacted his entire house.

    • Jordan Standridge

      Great point. I think it was Dale Ralph Davis that noted the fact that David ended up making a “four-fold restitution” through the death of four of his children Amnon, Adonijah, Absalom and the baby.

  • 4Commencefiring4

    Perhaps if Cecil’s remains were to be used for research in feline disease, everyone would chill.

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