The Flag of Freedom

Many came to this New World in order to freely worship without the strong hand of European influence dictating how they might worship, or interpret the Holy Scriptures. Others, like the Jews, came to escape constant persecution. Still others came for the potential wealth this New World had to offer. Over time these multicultural colonies banded together for one common cause; freedom from British rule and influence. On July 4, 1776, history was made when America declared its independence. God’s hand was clearly upon our early Patriots; not necessarily because they were all Christians. Surely they were not. America was not even what many would call a “Christian nation.” In other words, our forefathers founded a democracy, not a theocracy. Many of our founding fathers were not necessarily even Christians, but deists.
With that said, was Christian influence at the very center of our great nation’s founding and the many years to follow? Of course it was! You can see that within the fabric of each document written and signed by our founding fathers. While we are not a theocratic Christian nation, I firmly believe that God ordained and divinely allowed the creation of our country as a refuge for both Christians and Jews. He has blessed this nation in large part because we openly welcomed the Jewish immigrants throughout the years (see Genesis 12:3).
While we have raced towards a culture and society that’s consumed with being politically correct, thankfully, our flag still represents the freedom to hang on to the Truth and not let it slip into antiquity. Yes, it’s getting harder and harder to wade through all the muck and watered down half-truths in our “everybody’s right” society, but the Truth remains unchanged and unfettered. Sadly some will burn flags today to make some sort of statement (although I don’t know what that is). Fortunately for them, the very thing they burn is the representation of their freedom to freely do so.
This past week I read an article where the president of the UFC told one his fighters to quit praising Jesus after a fight. He went on to tell his fighters to “leave Jesus at home.” In other words, he’s telling Christians to be politically correct and keep your religion to yourself. Many in our great nation echo his sentiment when it comes to Christians. However, this goes against the very fabric of what Jesus said to do in the Great Commission. He said to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20).
Our flag still represents the freedom to openly praise Him in all things, so I thank God for our flag and for America. We have been blessed beyond measure here within our borders, and it did not come free. Those who He has given the privilege of living here in our Great Nation, we have a great responsibility.
“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Luke 12: 48
God bless you and God bless the USA.

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