Christian Flag vs. Stars & Stripes
Are these banners at odds? Should they be? Does it trouble you for me to pose the question?
Last week, as I was preparing a post for the July 4th weekend, I considered the subject of today’s post. If the idea was “out there” I was unaware of it. Obviously, I decided on 25 Patriotic Truths for the holiday post. That meant my thoughts on the Christian Flag would have to wait until this week. Today, as I responded to morning email, my previous thoughts were confirmed as some interesting stories came across my news feed.
Many of us were taught how to properly display and/or present flags. Early in my ministry, I learned there are different placement rules for the U. S. flag depending on whether or not it’s on the speaker’s platform. After a July 4 worship service, an older veteran in our church wasted no time in letting me know we did not place the flag correctly! I appreciated him and I remembered the lesson. I also recall wishing he had an equal passion for all the Christian flag stood for! And that is my point.
Christians try to be law abiding citizens. Scripture says we are to be at peace with everyone, if at all possible. Our founding fathers recognized the injustices of their day and eventually came to the place they had to stand against them. Not everyone agreed with them. I’m glad they stood up, glad they fought for change, and glad they committed their thoughts and reasons to writing. Why? What I thought of last week, and what my newsfeed says is happening across our land today, might seem even more strange were it not for comments like this one from President George Washington:
While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian
Proper flag etiquette tells us to place no flag above the U.S. flag. I can’t ask him, but I’m not sure George Washington would agree. So what’s the deal? Why do I bring it up?
We are image-driven. Most Christians know there is a higher commitment to the cause of Christ than to political entities. But over and over again we see flags presented as “all equal” or the U.S. flag above all others, including the Christian flag. A picture really is worth a thousand words!
Our nation has reached the point where legal cases can be decided based on Congressional intent. That will hasten the erosion of your Constitutional protections as well as the “official” persecution of Christians. Unless believers wake up and stand up, sanctioned persecution is coming. It’s just a matter of time. We are at a time of beginnings. And I think the imagery of the “Christain flag above” might help.
Whether or not we ignore flag display rules, we need to carry that understanding in our hearts and minds. Christian is a higher calling than Patriot. I wish there was no need to make this point. Others have left no choice.
And now you and I have a choice. We may look back at June 2015 as the “beginning of the end” because the Christians remained silent and asleep. They did nothing, said nothing, and stood for nothing. Or, we may look back at June 2015 as the awakening this nation so desperately needs, i.e., a new beginning. And as the video below shows, the difference may lie in something simple. How do you view the Christian flag? A hymn from yesteryear might be a helpful reminder:
There’s a royal banner given for display to the soldiers of the King; As an ensign fair we lift it up today, while as ransomed ones we sing. Marching on, marching on, for Christ count everything but loss! And to crown Him King, we’ll shout and sing, ‘neath the banner of the cross!