Ted Baccich is a former Active Duty Army Chaplain who holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans, and a Master’s of Divinity with a concentration on Public Policy from Regent University. He served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. He and his family reside in the New Orleans, LA. area.
WAKE UP AMERICA PART II
Abortion. The mere mention of the word causes almost instant polarization. It is the quiet holocaust of our time. On January 22, 1973, The US Supreme Court legalized, and in many ways societally legitimized abortion. Stating that a woman may abort her pregnancy for any reason, up until the "point at which the fetus becomes 'viable,'" the “Justices” ignored and usurped the foundations of our Constitution. Volumes could be – and have been – written about the atrocious Roe v. Wade decision. This post asks a simple question: Where is the voice of the American church in legalized abortion?
Martin Luther once said, “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” As a Christian living in the freest society the world has ever known, I often wonder if the church deliberately ignores the Divine principle that Luther so eloquently articulated. If the church preaches the feel good/ “Your Best Life Now” Gospel, and then ignores the arenas of this world where suffering is great, then is the church preaching the Gospel at all? I believe Luther would say no, and I believe he would be right in saying so. On January 22, this coming Friday, we will “celebrate” the 37 year anniversary of the infamous “Roe v. Wade” decision. Would we be having such an anniversary if the church truly stood in unity, righteousness and strength?
Since 1973, approximately 50,000,000 babies have died by abortion (that is one baby every 20 seconds aborted somewhere in America). To put that staggering statistic in perspective, it is more than 8 times the amount of Jews killed in the Holocaust and more than 18.3 times the amount of Americans killed in all wars combined. It is higher than the total number of voters (47,400,125) who re-elected President Bill Clinton in 1996. It is ironic since Clinton was a huge champion of abortion, and it makes you wonder who that 50 million would have voted for. Remember Clinton’s, “It’s the economy, stupid?” Let’s consider another interesting phenomenon that is rarely mentioned in conjunction with abortion – economic growth. Faced with a downward sales spiral, Schwinn bicycles went into bankruptcy in 1992. Where were the kids on bikes? No matter how the secular left wants to put a positive spin on a “woman’s right to choose,” the fact is that tens of millions of children have been denied the chance at life since 1973, and many arenas of society are directly impacted by it. The United States now produces only 2.01 children per household, and we are barely replacing ourselves as a society. In Europe the situation is far worse, and countries like Holland, Germany, and France are literally dying from within. Is it because of abortion? Is it because of a culture of selfishness? Where is the voice of the American church in all this?
Mother Theresa of Calcutta, speaking at the national prayer breakfast in 1994 (speaking right in front of the Clintons), said that America, once known for her generosity throughout the world, had become selfish, and that the evidence of that selfishness was abortion. She said, “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? . . . Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want." At that line, most in attendance erupted in a standing ovation, President Clinton reached for his water glass and Mrs. Clinton and Al Gore stared blankly at Mother Theresa. Especially noteworthy is the fact that Mother Theresa (among other deeply spiritual attributes) never used notes or prepared speeches. She felt God would give her the words. Was God speaking here? Why don’t we hear speeches like this from our pulpits?
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, often vilified by the secular left, has famously alluded to such things as Kulturkampf (conflict between secular and religious authorities) and the cultural coarsening of conscience. Congress echoed this in a ruling against the horrible Partial Birth Abortion, saying it “is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary and should be prohibited" and that choosing not to would "further coarsen society to the humanity of not only newborns, but all vulnerable and innocent human life, making it increasingly difficult to protect such life." Benjamin Franklin was right when he said that “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Is America becoming more coarse and corrupt, or are we becoming kinder and gentler? Does the legalization of abortion really make us more free? Or does it somehow coarsen us all? And where oh where is the voice of the church in all this?
Beautiful Gianna Jessen brings an incredible perspective to all this, and has earned the right to speak out because she is a holocaust survivor. That’s right; some babies actually survive the horrid attempts to kill them in their mother’s womb. Giana Jessen is one of them, and if you have never heard of her, you can hear her riveting speech by clicking here. I beg you to take a few minutes and listen to her speak (click on link). For the record, she did not survive the attempted abortion unscathed, it gave her cerebral palsy. She was born in a Los Angeles county abortion clinic, and her birth certificate is signed by the man who attempted to kill her (he is the proud abortionist of over one million babies). Her story puts a human face on the hidden holocaust. And it is a hidden holocaust; and for this reason it is slowly becoming a non-issue in political discourse. It is getting more unpopular to speak about because it polarizes and makes people feel uncomfortable. Be that as it may, all Americans have a solemn obligation to speak out against this detestable practice.
So where is the church? Why is there not an overwhelming consensus coming from every pulpit in America about this detestable practice? God will not permit the blood of the innocent to be shed without notice. He speaks directly about the issue in the sobering words of the Psalmist who wrote, (Psalm 106:37-41) “Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.”
Ask yourself a simple question: If a politician wanted to bring back black slavery, we would say that on those grounds alone, he had disqualified himself for public service. He would be publicly vilified by both the secular and the religious media. He would be completely ruined by the mere suggestion. He would be treated with “righteous” and “justified” hatred. But every day we have people seeking high office who are FOR the killing of unborn children. We have people in high office who support a holocaust, and American citizens are voting for them. Where is the church in all this? Why does she seem so timid? Why is it that, in this God blessed country, we are looking at our daughters in the eye and telling them that the ability to extinguish the life that is growing inside of them is somehow commensurate with freedom?
Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner. Why are pastors ignoring, condoning, and in some cases even supporting this kind of behavior? Abortion is the great moral issue of our time and the Sleeping Giant that is represented by the Church of Jesus Christ in America needs to speak and act. Save the soul of this country; STOP ABORTION NOW. STOP ABORTION before the coarsening of conscience and hardness of heart stops us all. Please join us as we fight.
- Posted 19 January 2010, Ted Baccich
Ronald Reagan, in perhaps his best and most memorable speech (now known as “The Speech” or “A Time for Choosing” click to watch), started by stating, “I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines.” As Reagan so rightly observed a generation ago, the issues that confront America today cross party lines; they affect each and every one of us – all the way down to our children and our children’s children. The seriousness of our issues goes beyond the traditional left versus right politically; our issues are up versus down, and life versus death in regards to our very survival as a people. <<MORE MORE>>