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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. 


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WAKE UP AMERICA PART X

In 1996, I was invited to a luncheon that made a long lasting impression.  It was a local civic luncheon in Bonham, Texas, where I was living and working.  They were honoring the DFYT (Drug Free Youth in Texas) at this particular luncheon.  And as I sat and listened to the young man who represented the DFYT, with all due respect to the DFYT and to the many good things it stands for, I couldn't help thinking ... what's so great about not being on drugs?  That's something that ought to be status quo.  There's nothing inherently noble about not being a drug addict.  Have we fallen so far as a society that the best thing we can say about our young people is that they are not drug addicted?  Biblically speaking, keeping ourselves morally and physically pure is part of our duty, our reasonable service to God, to our families, to society, even to ourselves.  And as I sat thinking about the DFYT, I couldn't help thinking about the zeitgeist.  If you do not know the meaning of this word you need to because it affects you directly.  In fact, if you do not know the meaning of this word, it affects you probably much more than you realize.  CCA asks the question, what time is it in America?  Are we in our twilight as a nation? 

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word zeitgeist as, "The taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation."  Webster defines it this way, "The general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era."  The word is German / Greek – zeit, meaning time + geist, meaning ghost or spirit.  The zeitgeist is the spirit of the age, the prevailing philosophy of the time; more simply put, it is the time ghost.  Ask yourself a question; think back 20 or 30 or 40 years ago if you can ... was there really an overwhelming need for organizations such as the DFYT?  One generation ago, drugs like crack and diseases like AIDS didn’t even exist.  Nobody had ever heard of these things.  There really was a kinder, gentler America; it is not a figment of our imagination.  One generation ago, the divorce rate was not one in two, and even higher in many instances.  One generation ago, some of the biggest problems in schools were excessive talking and chewing gum in the hallway, not mass murder, rape, gang violence, rampant teen pregnancy and a host of other ills.  Why do you think that is?  What time is it in America?  CCA believes the situation we find ourselves in today is no accident, but that the explanation is self evident.  It happened because of the evolving philosophy of our age that does not come from the mind of God – and in most cases is hostile to it.  Our philosophical paradigm of Christian righteousness, the only real philosophical underpinning of a just society, has been pulled right out from under our feet.  It happened because American society – with the acquiescence of significant portions of the church – moved away from the absolutes of Scripture, and embraced moral relativism (also known as postmodernism).  

It is time to face a painful truth and it is this: moral absolutes and certainty have, for all practical purposes, been eradicated in America.  As the intellectual conservative blog so rightly pointed out, our government and our national leaders now mandate the blessing and societal approval of national sins such as abortion, homosexuality, illegal immigration – a form of theft, forced usury in the form of massive national debt, censorship of many religious liberties, and socialism.  Nothing in the collective unconscious of our nation seems black or white, everything is painted as gray, and all that matters is green—as in money and the power that it brings.  As long as one has wealth, a form of happiness and lives well, things are ok.  Right? 

As of this writing, we are rapidly approaching the 10th Anniversary of one of the most terrible days in American History … a day that ought to truly live in infamy.  If you are an American, I have no doubt you could tell me what you were doing when it happened.  Things have changed in America and are still changing.  If I had told you 40 years ago that America would allow homosexuals to flaunt their sin boldly and openly in the military, that we would be on a rapid path to socialism, and that our country would be under the constant and legitimate threat of an Islamo fascist based terror attack, you probably wouldn’t have believed it, but it is all true.  It has come to pass before our shocked and horrified eyes.  The Twin Towers have fallen and with them a sense of security, strength and invincibility.  What time is it in America?   Why is the concept of the zeitgeist important? 

It’s important because the people of God need to respond smartly and in unison.  It matters because God’s standards are fixed, timeless, full of wisdom and common sense; they do not evolve with the zeitgeist.  It matters because righteousness – godly righteousness – exalts a nation, but national sin leads to national calamity.  It matters because there is a serious need to become like the Israeli men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32), “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take. NLT).  It matters because the country needs hope, repentance and revival.  It matters because our very survival as a civilized society is at stake.  It matters because a flawed and irrational national paradigm such as postmodernism leads to national calamity.  It matters because the world and its power systems are more tightly coupled than ever before.  We all feel it like a gnawing in our guts.  Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in his brilliant Harvard Commencement Address of 1978 rightly identified these very troubling times several decades ago actually.  He stated, “The fight for our planet, physical and spiritual, a fight of cosmic proportions, is not a vague matter of the future; it has already started. The forces of Evil have begun their decisive offensive, you can feel their pressure, and yet your screens and publications are full of prescribed smiles and raised glasses. What is the joy about?”

Our country is at a crossroads in need of courage and hope – hope with teeth.  But that kind of realistic hope begins with national grass roots repentance.  No nation can hope to survive its Age of Decadence and no nation ever has, and we are in it up to our eyeballs.  Sir John Glubb so vividly documented this in his brilliant essay, “The Fate of Empires.” (Interesting to note that the essay has been suspiciously removed from the internet.)  2 Chronicles 7:14 makes this kind of hope with teeth crystal clear, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  It is a promise; it is God’s Word, and it begins and ends with the actions of the people of God.  Please hold on to hope no matter what, people of God.  God has not forgotten America; He still has a plan and He promises if we truly turn to Him then we have reason to hope no matter what may come.  What time is it in America?  It is time for soul searching, prayer, fasting, repentance, integrity, courage and authenticity.  It is time for families and churches to stand together and pray for leaders who will stand where our forefathers stood, on the eternal truths of God … that our nation may survive this toxic epoch of cynicism and malaise and once again become a beacon of light and hope for all men to see the true destiny of mankind.  Please join us as we stand.     

-- Posted by Ted Baccich, 7 September 2011

WAKE UP AMERICA PART IX


Why do the far left hate and what exactly do they hate?  Why do outspoken liberals and critics such as:  Bill Mahr (Religulous), Alec Baldwin, Chris Matthews, Katie Couric, Barbara Streisand, Joy Behar, Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and the list goes on, (from all outward appearances), hate conservatives and Christians?  Why do they promise to “leave the country,” as several did before George W. Bush got elected, (they broke their promise, for the record) if a conservative wins the White House?  What drives them and why do they throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way?  <<READ MORE>>

WAKE UP AMERICA PART VIII

Recently CCA had an unusual conversation with a Christian Brother; the conversation was related to the political homosexual movement.  I advocated limiting the proliferation of this movement via common sense laws and policies.  My brother’s position was unclear.  I gathered from his tone that he was not on the side of legally limiting said behavior.  We debated via email and I made the following assertions:  Homosexuality is not a race or a sex; it never has been.  It is a behavior<<READ MORE>>
    
WAKE UP AMERICA PART VII

Recently, over the Christmas holidays, I was driving home happily and listening to the Sean Hannity radio show.  Because we were in the heart of the Christmas season and I was listening to an iconic conservative talk show, I expected to hear cogent, logical, and perhaps even inspirational conservative thought.  This particular show was being led by a guest host (not Sean Hannity, but presumably a colleague).  A caller was speaking to this host about the recent repeal of the Military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Policy (DADT), and the show’s host mocked him by saying, “What’s wrong with Sodomy?”  The host went on to dismiss the caller’s concerns as “silly.”  <<READ MORE>>

    
WAKE UP AMERICA PART VI

Where were you when the world stopped turning?   That is the question of the day.  It is also the name of an Alan Jackson song about that terrible day, nine years ago.  There are a few events that are so significant and impactful in world history, whereas, when they happen, almost any given person can tell where they were and what they were doing when it happened.  The assassination of JFK (if you are old enough to remember), the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, and the Terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are among those days.  We are now nearly a decade removed from that terrible day and it seems that many may have missed the message and meaning of the day. <<READ MORE>>

WAKE UP AMERICA PART V

Madelline McCann, Jaycee Lee Duggard, Jessica Lunsford, Natascha Kampusch, Jessyca Mullenberg, Elizabeth Smart – If you are reading this and you do not recognize these names, you need to read further, because these precious children all have something in common.  They are, in a way, every man’s/ every woman’s children.  These children are the victims of a society that has run amok in touchy feely, perverted, cowardly justice.  These children are the victims of a society that coddles criminals, exalts egalitarianism, and increasingly despises moral absolutes.  These are the children who are victims of what is today a global horror called abduction and pedophilia.   <<READ MORE>>

WAKE UP AMERICA PART IV

In 1927, an American socialist named Norman Thomas, who was six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism, but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program (reference Wikipedia).  His observation has proven tragically prophetic.  As of this writing, our great nation is on the brink of implementing Socialism by sheer political will.  What is government run health care really all about? <<READ MORE>> 

WAKE UP AMERICA PART III

We live in a haunted world.  Never before in the history of the Republic have so many with so much in their power felt so threatened.  The world and its power centers are more tightly coupled than ever before.  The future is uncertain and the collective unconscious of America feels it keenly.  The economy is erratic and unstable.  Pornography streams into our homes like crack cocaine via the internet and cable TV.  Homosexuality and its myriad of predatorial perversions are more militant than ever before and it threatens our children directly.  The traditional nuclear family is rapidly becoming a relic.  <<READ MORE>>

                                                  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? <<READ MORE>>

   WAKE UP AMERICA PART I

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. <<READ MORE>> 

Please Join Us As We Fight.  Take a Stand Today:

1.      Call your elected representative and get involved now.  Take a few minutes and let them know what you think about the issues you care about today.  Let them hear your voice about illegal immigration, government run healthcare and the many other issues that we all currently face.  The Capitol Hill switchboard number is: (202) 224-3121,  or toll free at 1-877-851-6437.   It only takes a few minutes to make a call, and your vote does matter.  Remember in the year 2000, that the President of the United States was elected by 537 votes in Florida.  The margin of victory was 0.0092%.  For every one person who actually calls or writes their elected leaders, there are generally hundreds, if not thousands that he or she is speaking for.  Remember to always be polite, respectful and to the point when calling.      

   2.   If you have not already done so, REGISTER, click on link and take advantage 

       of your precious right to VOTE.  Voting is more than a right, it is a duty and a

       privilege.  Stay informed of the issues and carefully consider who and what you are voting for. 

3.      Get yourself and your family involved in a decent church.  There are no perfect churches, but there are decent ones out there.  Find one and remember that God requires us to keep holy the Sabbath Day.  Church attendance is a benefit and blessing of a free society, and it is a basic human need.  Do not take this freedom lightly or one day it may be gone. 

4.   Support your local candidate or run for office yourself.  Want change for the better?  Make it happen.  Take time to visit your local party headquarters when it matters most – immediately prior to an important election.

5.      Watch out for your neighbors, and help them when there in genuine need.  Like it or not, we are our brother’s keeper, and that implies moral obligation to those in need.      

6.      Get involved in worthwhile causes and para-church organizations such as the Manhattan Declaration and so many others that are fighting for liberty and the common good of humanity.  Getting involved can be a lot easier that it seems and with the internet at your fingertips, one can "get involved" in about 5 minutes.  Your voice counts!

7.      Speak out whenever an opportunity presents itself.  Let your voice be heard; be salt and light.  Comment on news stories; write letters to the editor.  We are convinced there is a quiet multitude in this country who will not speak because of the fear of ridicule.  Speak out boldly anyway; and especially if you know in your heart that you are right, and you might just wind up turning a few heads in the right direction. 

8.      Live your life like your influence matters.  It does.  You cannot change the entire world, but you definitely can change your little corner of it. 

9.      Pray and believe in God.  Make a conscious decision to have faith in His eventual triumph over all powers of darkness (both personally and corporately).

10.  If you are married, love your mate; stay faithful in word and deed.  If single, love your Creator, and seek a mate if you wish.  Live a life of integrity.     

11.  Love your children.  Raise them up with godly wisdom and discipline.  Keep them from the horrible influences that are now so pervasive in the culture.  They truly are the future.

12.  Live for God first and foremost.  Live for a purpose that is greater than yourself.  As Saint Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel always – if necessary use words.”  Remember that there are no small rolls in God’s Kingdom.  As Martin Luther so rightly observed: “A woman spinning at the wheel or a man plowing in the field are no less spiritual than a monk praying.”

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