Today is Flag Day. On June 14, 1885 a 19 year old teacher by the name of Bernard Cigrand started what has now become the holiday. Our flag has a rich history and spiritual significance as many of our founders were Christians. The red stripes were to signify the blood shed for America and the cause of liberty for mankind. The white stripes stand for purity and the stars on the blue background have represented the peoples of America, first of the thirteen original colonies until now the fifty states of our Union.
While some would like to ignore this holiday, notably many anti-American liberals or “progressives” and Jehovah Witnesses, there are many folks proud of what our flag has stood for through the years. The Bible teaches we ought to live as decent, law abiding citizens. For example, Peter wrote,”Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake; whether it be to kings, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him. . . Fear God. Honor the king.” (1Pt.2:13-17). In America, it’s been relatively easy to do this as most of our Presidents professed to be believers and had decent reputations serving our nation well. Though America has certainly lost some of her moral high ground with more unprincipled leaders lately, her flag, her constitution, her Declaration of Independence certainly can make us proud citizens indeed.
With a great election coming upon us in November it behooves us to pray earnestly for our land, to be educated about the issues facing our nation and the candidates desiring to lead her and vote for those who best emulate the truth and the flag’s rich heritage. As you think of our flag’s design, let’s be proud to give our lives however we’re required for her continued endurance (the red), let’s give our hearts daily to the God Who made this great nation and live holy lives (the white), and let’s be willing to be do our individual part to further our nation’s greatness in the world (the blue) and be good testimonies representing her well to a world who needs the Lord !