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 has served for over 25 years and has multiple deployments to include Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom 1, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).He and his family reside in the New Orleans, LA. area.
Today marks 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions that have effectively legalized the quiet holocaust – the abortion holocaust in America. That marks 40 years, or one generation – of it being legal to kill unborn children. Over the last 40 years, roughly 57 Million babies have been aborted for any reason or for no reason at all using any procedure deemed desirable for all 9 months of pregnancy. Abortion is not a social or a political issue. This is a profoundly ethical, moral and Biblical issue of life and death that surpasses any other issue that we as a nation face. The bottom line is this: Abortion should not only be illegal; it should be unthinkable. But we live in a nation where our collective conscience is now severely coarsened, and in some cases seared.
Just a few weeks ago, my long time friend and Christian sister Cathy Simmons called me in tears regarding the horrific murder of the school-children in Newtown, CT. While I highly empathized with her tears and lament, I could not help but to be just a tiny bit cynical. I asked: Why is anyone surprised by this horrific event? On the contrary, why are we are not surprised when this kind of madness does not happen in a culture of death? Why can’t the culture seem to draw a more direct logical analogy between the sanctity of human life and the obtuse manner in which we cavalierly dishonor it? Why should anyone be surprised when violence and mayhem erupt in a culture that teaches that killing one’s own offspring as a means of birth control is hunkey dorey – a veritable “right”?
Mother Theresa of Calcutta, speaking at the National Prayer Luncheon in 1994, directly in front of the pro-abortion regime of the day, stated:
But 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 even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
Mother Theresa’s words are compelling and noteworthy for several reasons. But perhaps what jumps out to me the most, and ought to stand out to all Americans, is the fact that the church of Jesus Christ of America seems to have forgotten that this speech ever happened. You see, Mother Theresa spoke without notes or preparation. She believed God would give her the right words in critical situations, as Scripture teaches. And any realistic, honest moral inventory of the American conscience should answer yes to that hypothesis. Yes, God did indeed give Mother Theresa those very words. Stated simply, God Himself was speaking prophetically to America through His servant Mother Theresa; He does have a will and a voice. So this past Sunday in churches all across America, there was a unique and terrific opportunity to speak about a cataclysmic moral paradigm shift – that shift being the generational anniversary of the legalization of infanticide in America. I sincerely wonder at the percentage of Christian churches in America who even bothered to mention this awful anniversary, and what it stands for (the church I attended did not mention it). I sincerely wonder how many pastors rationalized it away by convincing themselves that Christians ought not to touch “political” issues. (For the record, If Christians didn’t touch “political” issues, there would be no America, and William Wilberforce would not have ended slavery in England. And John Quincy Adams [among others] would have not led the fight to end it in America.) Ask yourself: did your pastor even mention it? Have you ever heard your pastor speak about the great moral issues of the day?
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.” Where does the battle rage today if it is not a battle for the very soul of the free world?
As Pastor and author, Richard Wurmbrand (Voice of the Martyrs), Tortured for Christ, so rightly noted, the failure of the church can oftentimes be spectacular and complete. "The contemporary church" will speak about things that are good and scriptural. But the contemporary church will, in general, not talk about anything that might stir that very unpleasant brooding pot called controversy, even in the face of madness and murder. Such talk is just too costly. Fifty seven million have died by abortion since 1973 (in America alone). That is more than triple and quite possibly quadruple the number of those killed by Hitler’s holocaust. That is more American’s than those who elected the President in 2000 (I wonder how they would have voted.). 57,000,000. Let the number sink in. That is more than the entire population of Spain. That's 1 baby every 20 seconds. By the time you finish reading this article, more than 30 more innocent lives will be taken. Why is not every Christian church across America mourning and protesting this infamous practice?
There are no easy answers to these troubling questions, and in some cases, churches are actually in bed with the abortionists and even profit from the practice. Notorious late term abortionist George Tiller had a “chaplain” in his “clinic”. He was also a deacon in his church. Therefore, when tragic figures like Andrea Yates (a former Houston, Texas resident) kills her five children (ages 7 down to 6 months) on June 20, 2001 by drowning them in the bathtub in her house, we are all shocked, deeply saddened and even horrified. But what ought to be those exact same deeply troubling emotions, regarding abortion, are squashed under a tidal wave of hyper-rationalization, selfishness and a national coarsening of conscience that many label “freedom.”
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."
If you have never met abortion survivor Gianna Jessen, today is the day that needs to change. Her compelling videos appear below. Watch them!
Abortion is an issue of monumental and eternal significance; it is at the very epicenter of the culture war. It is the unjustified taking of innocent human life. At its roots are delusion, deception, death and the perversion of freedom. Any society who coarsens its collective conscience to such animal selfishness, hyper rationalization and willful blindness will not remain free for long. We are talking about killing children. It is as though we have all gone mad. Benjamin Franklin was correct when he wrote that, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” Just today a good friend asked me, “How can a country founded on Godly standards go so far away from those standards and seemingly not fear a day of reckoning?” At the end of the day I have to hearken back to something Thomas Jefferson said; these words are also engraved inside the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry was right when he recently stated, "There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.”
Not very long ago, on the 39 year anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I was led to study more about abortion. What I found was deeply troubling -- so troubling in fact that I got physically ill as a result of my studies. I warn the reader not to read any further if you cannot stomach a hard truth. It is not a gruesome truth but it is difficult to digest and deeply disturbing. It frames what abortion really is, and the horrific dearth of conscience behind it. It is a fictitious letter and scenario, but it is based on logical progression. It follows immediately below:
ABORTION LEGACY A Timeless Message
The following letter is dated January 22, in the year 2023.
Gosh, can you believe it's 2023 already? I'm still writing "22" on nearly everything. Seems like just yesterday I was sitting in first grade celebrating the century change. I know we haven't really chatted since Christmas. Sorry. Anyway, I have some difficult news and I really didn't want to call and talk face-to-face.
Ted's had a promotion, and I should be up for a hefty raise this year if I keep putting in those crazy hours. You know how I work at it. Yes, we're still struggling with the bills. Timmy's been "okay" at kindergarten, although he complains about going. But then, he wasn't happy about day care either, so what can I do?
He's been a real problem, Mom. He's a good kid, but quite honestly, he's an unfair burden at this time in our lives. Ted and I have talked this through and through and finally made a choice. Plenty of other families have made it and are much better off.
Our pastor is supportive and says hard decisions sometimes are necessary. The family is a "system" and the demands of one member shouldn't be allowed to ruin the whole. He told us to be prayerful, consider all the factors and do what is right to make the family work. He says that even though he probably wouldn't do it himself, the decision really is ours. He was kind enough to refer us to a children's clinic near here, so at least that part's easy.
I'm not an uncaring mother. I do feel sorry for the little guy. I think he overheard Ted and me talking about "it" the other night. I turned around and saw him standing at the bottom step in his pj's with the little bear you gave him under his arm and his eyes sort of welling up.
Mom, the way he looked at me just about broke my heart. But I honestly believe this is better for Timmy, too. It's not fair to force him to live in a family that can't give him the time and attention he deserves. And PLEASE don't give me the kind of grief Grandma gave you over your abortions. It is the same thing, you know.
We've told him he's just going in for a vaccination. Anyway, they say the termination procedure is painless.
I guess it's just as well you haven't seen that much of him. Love to Dad.
*In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22, 1984 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The practice of issuing this proclamation has been discontinued by the current administration.
-- Posted by Ted Baccich, 22 January 2013
THE WAR V What will America look like, feel like, smell like, and sound like on the day after the election, Wednesday, November 7th? Will there be significant civil unrest regardless of which candidate prevails? Looking at the state of the nation, the thinking person has to honestly wonder. No matter who wins the coming election, we will still have a 16 Trillion dollar debt hanging over our heads, and our children’s heads. <<READ MORE>>
THE WAR IV
As I was out and about one day visiting various troops and personnel in Afghanistan, I found myself looking through an amazing piece of technology known as the “Eye in the Sky.”The Eye in the Sky is a simple balloon with a very high powered camera which is utilized for surveillance.Now the Eye in the Sky can see from great distances, and it can observe all kinds of things.It is Orwellian in a manner of speaking; big brother is indeed watching you.<<READ MORE>>
THE WAR III
In 1982, Ronald Reagansaid, "Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated."CCA asks the question: Are we losing the test of wills, the battleground for character?<<READ MORE>>
THE WAR II
This will be the shortest blog CCA will ever write, sort of. The following videos are an absolute must view for anyone who wants to understand more about the direction our country is headed. Why call this blog, "The War II?" Watch the videos. These are the only videos CCA has ever embedded. <<SEE VIDEOS>>
THE WAR I
Ronald Reagan once said, "Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated."What does one think about when one hears the word, “war”?<<READ MORE>>
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? <<READ MORE>>
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.
of your precious right toVOTE.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
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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