Tony Dungy won a Super Bowl as a head coach for the Indianapolis Colts. He was the first Black coach to reach that pinnacle, and he is a bonafide Hall of Fame inductee. He did not get to that sphere by being bashful, and he has a record of standing up for what he believes.
No one is surprised that Dungy challenged Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat from Georgia. The senator is a self-described “pro-choice pastor.” Dungy had some thoughts about this pastor/senator’s unbiblical belief in the “right” to kill unborn babies.
Earlier this week, Dungy tweeted at Warnock who is the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Downtown Atlanta. The former coach and NFL analyst were responding to a statement the senator made defending a woman’s right to choose an abortion.
Warnock wrote, “As a pro-choice pastor, I’ve always believe that a patient’s room is way too small for a woman, her doctor, and the United States government. I’ll always fight to protect a woman’s right to choose. And that will never change.”
The senator wrote another post on his Senate Twitter account that said if the reports are true of the leaked opinion from the Supreme Court, he was deeply disappointed. He, then, talked about how urgent it was that the House pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.
He ended that post by saying that decisions like these should be made by a woman’s doctor, not the government.
Dungy challenged the good pastor’s theology and his understanding of what the Bible says…that Book that Christians believe is the Word of God, and it comes with authority.
Dungy wrote, “It all comes down to what you believe about the organism growing inside the mother. Is it a life or not? If it is just growing tissue then your ‘choice’ makes sense. If it’s a life then it’s obviously not OK to choose to end it. What does your Bible tell you it is? Psalm 139:16.”
The verse that Dungy used is from the Old Testament of the Bible. It speaks of God seeing our unformed body, and that He ordains all our days they are written in His book.
This wasn’t the first time Dungy went toe to toe with Warnock. He questioned how the pastor could claim to be a Christian and still support abortion. The coach said that he may be a pastor, but is he a Christian? He went on to describe what he thinks it means to be a Christian.
“Does he follow the teachings of Jesus and does he believe that the Bible is the absolute word of God?” Dungy tweeted.
He also added, “I would think it would be difficult for someone who believes that God sees us when we are in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16) to think that it is OK to choose not to bring that life to fruition.”
The senator doesn’t just have one NFL hero to worry about. Warnock is likely to face an election fight in Georgia with Herschel Walker. Walker is not only an NFL superstar, he is also a University of Georgia star. He is running as a Republican candidate and has a goal of taking control of the Senate.
Warnock got his seat by just narrowly defeating Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a runoff election in January 2021. He is Georgia’s first black senator.
The church that Warnock pastors was once led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey has her own words for the pastor of the famed church. “You can be pro-choice or a faithful pastor, but you cannot be both,” she wrote.
Let’s hope that Herschel Walker has a couple more touchdown dances left in him. And when the election is over, let’s hope that Warnock starts using his Bible.