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.
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”? What mental images are conjured and correlated with the term? Does one see graphic pictures of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, Korea, the World Trade Center Bombing and 9/11? All these conflicts have something in common; they are visible to the naked eye and they are fought in this present world, this dimension, the natural world. Ultimately, they are wars of men and of nations. Generally they are about power, conquest and oppression. The “sides” in each war are generally fighting either for or against oppression, and sometimes they are simply fighting for power and who will wield it. Is there more to know about the great historical pattern of mankind to seek power and conquest? Is there, as Sacred Scripture indicates, a war behind the wars, an unseen war in the heavenlies? Is there an ignored war? Is it accurate to say that the heavenly war is the ultimate source of our earthly wars? The answer is yes, of course. If you believe in the words of Scripture then you must also believe that all of human history reflects an all out, full scale cosmic war between the forces of light and darkness, between the powers of good and evil.
CCA now opines for the first time since deploying, in September 2011, to an undisclosed combat zone somewhere in Southwest Asia. CA believes there is indeed an unseen war that is going on in the heavenlies, and that the Scriptures are clear on this point (Ephesians 6, Daniel 10). This war goes on every day and it has natural daily and sometimes horrifying manifestations. It is a war for the hearts and souls of men and of nations; it is a war between good and evil, light and darkness. It is the foolishly ignored war, because it is the ultimate war behind the “real” wars. Ultimately, it is the real war, and our so called real wars are an ugly shadow of it. All of human history reflects one simple, emphatic and undeniable spiritual reality and it is this: All of human history reflects a cosmic struggle between the forces of good and evil, between the forces of light and darkness, between the kingdom of God and Satan.
If true, can this be proven? Can it be known? Should we even focus or contemplate such an ethereal, uncontrollable phenomenon? Is there evidence of a war behind the war? If yes, what is it?
Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his brilliant Harvard Commencement Address in 1978 stated, “The fight for our planet, physical and spiritual, a fight of cosmic proportions, is not a vague matter of the future, it is already started. The forces of evil have begun their decisive offensive. You can feel their pressure, yet your screens and publications are full of prescribed smiles and raised glasses. What is the joy about?” In this address, Solzhenitsyn rendered an educated opinion based upon a lifetime of experience and perception. Is it accurate and was his experience enough to prove his implication that the heavenly war is raging toward a final conclusion? Does he stand alone in these assertions? The answer is an emphatic no. But even if he did, there is another source of knowledge one can utilize to objectively assess the true condition of the cosmos. It is, or course, the Divine revelation of Scripture.
C.S. Lewis observed, “There are things we cannot see: things behind our backs or far away and all things in the dark. There is another realm of reality, just as actual, just as factual, just as substantial as anything we see, hear, touch, taste, or smell in this world.” CCA believes that “realm of reality” is actually more “real” than our present one and it ultimately governs it. If this is true, how does it affect us and how should we respond to it? The proof is in the pudding, or so the saying goes. CCA has now seen the face of war on three occasions, involving three separate conflicts. And while no one can see the invisible world unless God allows, one can easily see the all too visible face of war. War, while sometimes necessary to defeat supreme evil, never-the-less sometimes results in oppression and sometimes it liberates the oppressed. But the most war torn countries reek of oppression. One can see it and even feel it; one can sense it and oftentimes it even has an odor. It is the smell of dirt, fear and death. It is the smell of decaying humanity. It is real, terrible, and it is what Solzhenitsyn was referring to when he said you could “feel” the pressure of the kingdom of darkness.
Therefore, let the daunting question be asked, why are some regions more oppressed, impoverished, and war torn than others? The full answer to that question is probably not granted to mankind on this side of eternity, but we can indeed, and we ought to postulate and ponder these things in the hopes of liberating the oppressed. God has given mankind a mandate to subdue the earth and it still stands. That mandate does not include destroying one’s fellow man, but sometimes nations must choose between the lesser of two evils when given no other option in this broken world. There are historically some areas of the world that have rich and tragic history of war, Tyranny and oppression. CCA believes that both Scripture and experience reveal that some areas are more oppressed, impoverished and war torn due to Spiritual Forces waging war in the heavenlies (Daniel 10). Both Ephesians 6 and Daniel 10 reveal territorial powers. So does the sad log of history.
What is the point? Pastor and Author Rick Joyner wrote of a vision. He said he saw Christians marching in the camp of the enemy, but they were not fully aware they were literally being used by the armies of darkness. The point is, like it or not, there is a war on; there is a war within wars. It rages every day, the stakes are incredibly and eternally high, and there will be winners and losers in this universal struggle. One day, Jesus Christ will return with the armies of heaven. His second coming is as certain as was his first. It will happen. But up until that day of days, a war rages all around, and the church of God needs to ensure it is on the right side of this war.
Apprehending and understanding this great reality is part of what made Abraham Lincoln a very wise man. Regarding that great American War he observed, "Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." He had a couple of other war related observations that bear repeating. He said, “In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong." He also said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
CCA is now in the unenviable position to see the ugly cost of war first hand. And tragically, sometimes there is a greater evil than the cost of fighting a war. It is the cost of not fighting it. It means certain defeat because of the eternal war in the heavenlies. Edmund Burke was really right when he said, “The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” The so called “neutrality” approach is neither rational nor is it ultimately feasible. Sooner or later, and for the sake of our own self preservation, we will be forced to take some position in that Great War, the true war. Let’s be like Abraham Lincoln. Let’s not worry about what side God is on, let’s just seek to ensure that the side we are on is HIS. Please join us as we fight.
--Posted by Ted Baccich, 1 January 2012, from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia
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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
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