Faith And Flag Day

Faith And Flag Day | June 14, 2024

On June 14, 1777, the United States flag was adopted as our country's official flag through a resolution from the Second Continental Congress. Later in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation, officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day.

The driving force behind Flag Day was unity. According to the History Channel, "When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, the colonists weren't fighting united under a single flag. Instead, most regiments participating in the war for independence against the British fought under their own flags.

 In June of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to create the Continental Army—a unified colonial fighting force—hoping for a more organized battle against its colonial oppressors. So, the origination of the Continental Army led to the creation of what was, essentially, the first "American" flag, the Continental Colors."
As believers, our posture should be one of gratitude and contribution to our country.

First, being thankful for our freedoms and those who fought to ensure them represents maturity and sincere appreciation. Secondly, we want a participatory perspective regarding America's strengths and weaknesses. Where there has been excellence, let's celebrate it; where there are deficiencies, let's be part of the solution because that's the only way forward. These actions illustrate a person who is firm in their faith and mindful of what the American flag means—a unity that requires appreciation and participation.
See, we are to be involved but not obsessed with political parties, group agendas, and pragmatic fads. Sometimes, patriotism is mistaken for the zealous support of a faction or party.

A way to keep all this in view is to remember that we are God's ambassadors while here, keeping in mind that our home is in heaven. Second Corinthians 5:20 tells us, "We are, therefore, Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God." And Philippians 3:20 adds, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ."

With this in mind, we thank God for our nation and commit to leveraging our faith to honor Him and help others.

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