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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 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.”  (Don’t believe me?  Contact the Hannity show.)  I was agitated and upset by the cavalier attitude of the host – as it was Christmastime – so I changed the station immediately.  When one tunes into a bench mark conservative American talk radio show during the Christmas season, one does not expect the host to make a mockery of the sacredness of human sexuality.    

Martin Luther was right when he wrote, “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 one point.”   CCA believes it is becoming increasingly clear, with each passing day, that the American church has failed miserably in its duty to remember this simple Biblical truth so rightly articulated by Luther, and there is perhaps no more glaring example of this than the church’s increasing silence on the subject of the politicized homosexual movement.  It is a movement that threatens our freedoms and our safety, our laws and Constitution, our children and even our way of life.  Extreme statements?  CCA does not believe so.  CCA further believes that it is time for the church to heed the wisdom and testimony of one of the greatest disciples outside of the original twelve.  It is time for the church to speak and to act and to remember the lessons of history.  It is time to clearly re-state what Christianity really stands for and what it stands against. 

When one is dealing with the emotionally charged subject of homosexuality, it is absolutely critical to establish a few facts.  First and foremost, despite the best efforts of many liberals, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are still the supreme law of the land.  Free speech and free exercise of religion remain inscribed as, and rightly interpreted as God-given, inalienable rights, and that “Congress shall make no law” affecting these sacred rights.  Second, there needs to be a clear understanding when addressing this subject, that there is – in the minds of most rational individuals – a hard divorce between the individual homosexual and the politicized homosexual movement.  It needs to be clearly seen and understood that God and His people love the individual homosexual; that Christ died for all sinners; that there are many roads that lead to the cross, but that only the cross can bring you to God (as Billy Graham so rightly observed).  It also needs to be clearly understood that the individual homosexual and the politicized movement are two entirely different entities.  One of them is precious and redeemable; the other is not.  

CCA condemns the wrongful and hostile politicizing of the radical homosexual agenda and calls upon the church to do the same.  While “loving the sinner and hating the sin” is much easier preached than practiced, it is precisely what is so desperately needed regarding this awful quagmire of dangerously polemicized perversity.  CCA refers the reader back to Martin Luther and asks the question, “Where is the knife edge of the blade of the world’s attack against the truth of God?”  CCA believes that there is no clear cut knife edge as the world’s attack is a multi pronged, multi directional one.  However it seems clear that a good part of the attack is against the image of God in man, and against the only land, outside of God’s chosen nation of Israel, that could truly be called God’s Divine experiment – the USA.  Both the image of God in man and the nation are being denigrated daily by this fear mongering and highly manipulative political movement.  Too strong of a statement?  Think again.  The leaders of the movement spell out their intentions and strategies very plainly here.  They "righteously" seek to demonize their opponents (Who can forget the vilification of Carrie Prejean?)  Their actions loudly becry their fervent belief that the ends justify the means.  They employ terrorist tactics such as slander, libel, character assassination and any myriad of unjustified demonization via ad-homonym attacks.  No civilized nation can endure this kind of madness. 

In his book, The Vision, prophet, pastor and best-selling author David Wilkerson chronicled the future darkness he saw coming to the United States.  Just reading this prophetic word makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up – as some of this has already come to pass and is happening before our very eyes.  Most of it was unthinkable when it was first written back in 1973.  It is not unthinkable any more.  Regarding homosexuality, Wilkerson wrote,
The sin of Sodom will again be repeated in our generation. …  Students will be told that homosexual love is normal and that sex acts between unmarrieds is desirable—“if each has a high regard for the other.” …  There are only two forces that hold back homosexuals from giving themselves over completely to their sin, and they are rejection by society and the repudiation and teachings of the church.  When society no longer rejects their sin as abnormal and fully accepts them and encourages them in their abnormality, and when the church no longer preaches against it as sin and consoles them in their sexual activity—there no longer exist any hindering forces.  The floodgates are open, and homosexuals are encouraged to continue in their sin.  In my vision, I have seen these two roadblocks being swept away.  When that which hinders is taken away, chaos will follow. …  Believe me when I tell you the time is not far off that you will pick up your local newspaper and read sordid accounts of innocent children being attacked by wild homosexual mobs in parks and on city streets.  The mass rapes will come just as surely as predicted in the Gospels.  I see them coming in our generation. You can expect more than one homosexual scandal in very high places.  The homosexual community will become so militant and brazen that they will flaunt their sin on network talk shows very shortly. …  Very clearly. I see homosexuals coming out in mass numbers and deviate sex crimes becoming more numerous and vicious. 
Reading this kind of warning can make the heart sink as logic, history and current events all dictate that this particular prophetic warning cannot be taken lightly.  It may indeed be dead on target.  Assuming it is – at bare minimum – at least partially true, it begs the questions, what, if anything can be done about it?  And is out future sealed?  In his vision, Wilkerson spoke of “only two forces that hold back homosexuals from giving themselves over completely to their sin,” rejection by society and the teachings of the church.  When the lame duck Congress rammed through the repeal of the DADT policy (against the clear and expressed will of the electorate, as it voted in November), it was about issues much bigger than homosexuals serving boldly and promoting their lifestyle openly in our armed forces; it was about societal rejection being swept away as a final force that hinders the ultimate goals of this dangerously polemicized movement.  It was about incrementalism and the methodical destruction of a concept called righteousness – this is a bench mark Biblical concept that is all but lost in our absurdly politicized, morally relevant, postmodern culture.  It was about a political movement wrongfully and despotically imposing its will upon the people.  It is not representative government, and it is tyranny by any other name.  So now another road block has been removed, and the culture war must fall back and retreat to the presumably “safe” walls of a church building.  People of faith have already faced persecution in the face of this agenda, and all in all most Americans would rather not have their lives disturbed by such craziness.  In the face of all this madness, it is much easier to just “play nice” and retreat to the lovely walls and coffee shops of our culturally “cool” seeker sensitive churches.  The alternative to “playing nice” means suffering and sacrifice.  It is not in keeping with starched shirts, comfy coffee shops, or culturally cool churches. 

Again it begs the questions, what if anything can be done about all this, and is our future – perhaps even our national demise – sealed?  There is one more question that must be answered adequately by the church if we are to have any hope of restoring some sanity to the political/ cultural landscape of our beloved country. Why are homosexuality, gay marriage, and gays in the military such a threat?  Why has the church not addressed these issues?  Man’s law is a teacher, and today our man-made laws are teaching things that are both toxic and demonstrably false.  Our man-made laws are teaching things that are clearly poisonous and in direct contradiction to the created order.  Many of our justices have rejected the very concept our country was founded on – that all true law is first revealed law, revealed by the laws of nature and of nature’s God – as the Declaration of Independence so rightly and emphatically declares.  All of matter contains naturally imposed laws, imposed by the Creator Himself.  The physical laws, such as gravity, are real.  Every time someone jumps off a steep tall cliff, without exception, they will fall and be killed.  The moral laws are just as real; they are even demonstrably real.  They come from the same origin, and they are just as revealed and discernable as the physical laws.  There are no homosexual persons, only homosexual acts.  Homosexuality is now, has been, and always will be a behavior; it not a race or a sex.  In the beginning, He “created them male and female.”  Homosexuality is a behavior that at once violates both moral and natural laws, and as such it is the duty of governments and churches to oppose it and discourage it.  Historically and theologically, it has been the death knell of any culture when it embraced homosexuality as normal.  America is right on the cusp of doing just that as we are headed down the very primrose path that Sir John Glubb in his brilliant essay, The Fate of Empires, warned against.  Even as this article is written, children in schools are being taught that people who oppose the homosexual agenda are basically mean, intolerant, narrow minded, bigoted and evil.   

There is only one sin in all of scripture that God specifically singles out as the last reprobation.  That sin is clearly, repeatedly and emphatically exposed throughout sacred scripture.  It is graphically illustrated throughout the pages of both the Old and New Testament, from Genesis to Revelation.  It is categorically condemned by all major world religions and throughout history.  It is the only sin that God does not use a foreign army or natural disaster to judge.  Because of its aberrance and violence, God states that He, Himself will judge it.  The father of our country referred to it with, “abhorrence and detestation of such infamous crimes.”  The church of America is indeed called upon to express and demonstrate God’s infinite love toward all sinners – all sinners.  But the church is also called upon to preach repentance and to expose sin, and if necessary to oppose evil.  Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, “God who gave us life also gave us liberty.  And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?  Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

-- Posted by Ted Baccich, 4 January 2011
 
  

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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