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.
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. We will still be a nation that kills its unborn and calls it “a woman’s right to choose.” The already overburdened taxpayer will still be forced to subsidize said killing (at least to a degree). Planned Parenthood will still consume millions in government handouts and will still be killing unborn children at a staggering rate. Four Thousand die under the abortionist’s knife every day in America. On Wednesday, November 7th, America will still be number one in the Western World in violent crime. We will still be a nation where at least one out of every two marriages ends in divorce. We will still be facing the agenda driven “Taxmageddon”, a tax burden so great that it will be crushing to families and businesses that are struggling to just barely get by. We will still be a nation that has numerous organizations and people groups (such as the ACLU and many others) that are hostile to God, His Christ and His people. The quiet war, The War behind all – the ideological war will most assuredly continue on November 7th. It rages on every single day, and it will continue to rage until the Messiah returns. In his excellent “Rambo” series, actor Sylvester Stallone spoke eloquently about “the quiet war” (the war against soldiers coming home, truly the war against America, waged by “Americans” from within). Author and Pastor Francis Frangipane teaches about what is essentially that same war in his brilliant book the The Three Battlegrounds (a must read book for the man or woman of faith, available via amazon link, scroll down to end of article).
What will America look like, feel like, smell like, sound like this November 7th, 2012? The electorate will, to one degree or another, either affirm or repudiate the current course our nation is taking. But the quiet war, the war of ideas – the battle of the spirit realm, will rage on. What is the outcome of that war at the local level? Is it “winnable” and how does it affect you and me? Can America as we know it even hope to survive if she does not repudiate Socialism, Secular Humanism and the obtuse Tyranny that goes hand in hand with said ideologies. The quiet war, the true war, the war that is being waged just beneath the surface, remains the oldest war in the world. It is recordable and demonstrable from the dawn of civilization, right down to the day that Cain killed Able. At its base the war is being waged over the very identity and heart of mankind. It is being fought over whom or what will rule men, and who or what should rule men. The question at stake remains the same throughout the sands of time. The question remains: Is mankind a free moral agent before God or is man subject to the rule of other men? Should men be ruled and controlled like dumb animals who need and therefore must have restraint? Is man nothing but a highly evolved ape in desperate need of governance? Or is man more than that? Robert Charles Winthrop, an early Speaker of the House of Representatives, noted that, "Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet." The entire American experiment is built on the premise that man will be self controlled by a power within him, namely God. It is the very essence of freedom and it is precariously close to being stripped away forever.
When all the political propaganda and polemical psychobabble is whittled away, when the proverbial onion is finally cored, there are really only two real forms of government that mankind has ever known. One is Democracy and its myriad of forms and the other is Tyranny and its myriad of forms. And that is what the quiet war is really all about. The war of ideas and ideals is getting louder by the day and the powers of darkness are shaping reality on earth better than our forefathers could have possibly imagined. In this technology driven, hyper information age, evil has never had so many weapons at its disposal. The church is compromised, the media is corrupt and the family is seriously weakened. We have a the very Political Illusion that Philosopher Jacques Ellul warned about, namely that every problem has a political solution. (Every problem does NOT have a political solution.) Because of this illusion, society at large tends to seek a political messiah instead of the real one. We live in a world whereby its power centers are more tightly coupled than ever before. We are in a unique epoch of human history and never before have so many with so much in their power felt so threatened. It is an undulating sense of hopelessness that can only be described by the words: fear and cynicism. We live in a haunted world. The quiet war that is waged just beneath the surface of our present world is a subtle, invisible haunt, but it is real nonetheless. In many ways, the quiet war is even more real than our physical wars. Just beneath the surface of our modern, rationalized antiseptic lives, we can all sense it. Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s prophetic warning has never been more articulate than it is today. Solzhenitsyn, in his brilliant Harvard Commencement Address of 1978so very rightly identified these troubling undertones. 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?”
Can God’s people win the quiet war, the true war, the Great War that is being waged in heavenly realms today? Is there hope for America and our future no matter what? If we believe in the God of Creation, the answer has to be yes! No matter what happens on November 6th, on November 7th, no matter who is President, Jesus will still be the King. Christ will remain the King of Kings and the Conquering Messiah will return one day. No matter what happens on November 6th, the need for warriors will remain great, and the Armies of Heaven have not yet been fully deployed. No matter what happens on November 6th, Americans still have a future. Freedom, true freedom, godly freedom, can never be fully destroyed. History has proven it time and time again. Families still have a future even if they do live under the rule of Tyrants. Evil is strong but good is stronger. Unique times lay ahead for America and for God’s people no matter what happens on November 6th. Looking at the world objectively, I believe it is fair to say that Solzhenitsyn was right. We have indeed entered the end times. Theologians have studied it, and now God’s people can feel it and apprehend it. We have reached the point of no return in America, and in our heart of hearts we all know it. The Redeemer draws near as do the powers of darkness. Just as surely as was promised in the gospels, the end days will come; and there is good reason to postulate they have already begun.
What is the proper response from the people of God? Remain salt and light; keep making disciples of all nations. With all your heart, believe in the power and the goodness of The Overcomer. Fear not and listen to the voice of the Spirit; listen to the voice of God. There are many voices in the wind; listen carefully for the One Voice who speaks the truth continually. Fear not and remember the words of Christ, Luke 21:28, (KJV) “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Fear not; the last chapter of human history is yet to be written. Winston Churchill was, I believe, prophetic as well when he stated, “Do not let us speak of darker days: let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.” These are not truly dark days, they are great days, perhaps the greatest days mankind has ever experienced. Yes the war is real, but if we are on the side of the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, we have nothing to fear and many, many reasons to rejoice! Our God wins in the end, and so do we. In the mean time, He sustains and empowers His Lieutenants, and He grants courage and strength to them all. The battle rages on. However, be bold and fear not, the armies of light will triumph.
As a subtext I recently came upon a couple of video/ audios: Featuring E.W. Jackson and a discussion with Sharon Sebastion that I find very informative and encouraging. I strongly urge you to watch.
-- Posted by Ted Baccich, 29 October 2012
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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