The Cross and the Flag


From before the founding of this great country Christians have fought and died in various campaigns, small and large, national and international, to repel enemies, secure freedom and thwart tyranny. The original settlers to the shores of this new world had no specific vision of what this could or would be; they simply sought a place where they could survive away from tyranny, establish a home, support themselves and worship God in freedom. They sought a place where no governing body could demand they worship and think as that government dictated.

Ultimately the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were framed by men who understood the price to be paid for the freedoms they sought, as well as the flag-raising-on-iwo-jima

responsibilities of every individual to protect and keep them.

While there are many and loud cries to the opposite, the records, writings and founding documents are clear that the American colonies were grounded and founded on Christian principles, as a nation where freedom of religion was a cornerstone. Thus, the Bible was and is to be held as a free and clear guide to the society in which we live. Over a period of less than 200 years the USA became the most dominant nation in the world, offering freedom to those who chose to integrate into this society, regardless of race, color or creed.

Unfortunately, the nation has been hijacked by people who disdain Christianity and who hate the idea that there is a God watching over us who does not approve their licentious lifestyle. The ones holding to this will tolerate any thing, except Christianity. They have adopted the humanist manifesto as their guide to life, believing the lie.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Christian who views this country as God’s promised land (perhaps not quite literally, but figuratively). If asked if the US is a Christian nation he would normally reply in the affirmative; as opposed to a nation founded on Christian principles and the Judeo-Christian ethic. This person would readily identify with the Cross of Christ draped with a US flag, as depicted in the illustration, seeing the two symbols as inextricably linked.

That particular depiction of the Cross of Christ is immediately viewed by most American Christians as a symbol of Christian patriotism.

I have made a case, in a previous post, that the church in the US has been infiltrated by humanism. This has never been more obvious than in the past 45 years. That there is “leaven in the dough” goes without saying. Though the amount varies significantly from denomination to denomination, individual to individual, it is obviously there. The evangelical movement was once a stalwart in advancing the cause of a conservative Biblical interpretation. However, as might be expected, as the culture pushed back against the beliefs of the evangelicals, many began to waver in the face of opposition. The most obvious problem has been that only a small percentage of Christians read the Bible or know what the Bible has to say. And, of those who do, there are many who want to disagree with some parts of the text. In so doing it becomes easy to interpret other parts in a way to diminish confrontation with the sin in our society.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.; Strength to Love (1963)

Abortion and the redefinition of marriage as anything other than one man and one woman are two glaring examples.

God’s extraordinary blessings on this nation are now viewed as ‘entitlements’.

Now, the flag of the United States of America, unfortunately, represents a pluralistic nation that refuses to honor, much less bow a knee to Almighty God. This great flag symbolizes a once great nation that has determined the murder of the unborn is a good thing, a mother’s right, and should be blessed by God, denying the most basic law of God regarding innocent life. This flag represents a nation of lawlessness, where reprobate minds, sitting on the highest court of the land, decide what is legal, based not on the Constitution, but on what the people want. This flag represents a nation that says marriage is defined to be whatever two (or more) individuals want it to be; thus destroying the basic foundation of our society – the family.

“The LORD hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to Him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocentblood, a heart that plots wickedschemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.” [Psalm 6:16-19]

But what of the Cross of Jesus Christ. The cross represents one of the most horrific forms of execution ever devised. Jesus, falsely accused and convicted, suffered and died in a public execution on a cross outside of Jerusalem.Christ on the Cross_Rubens But, three days later, He was physically resurrected by the power of Almighty God, and, having conquered death, He finally and forever defeated Satan!

The empty Cross of Jesus Christ represents the sacrifice paid by the Son of God to redeem mankind (bring us back to our original status with Almighty God). It is an ‘immutable’ (unchanging) symbol of the Grace and Mercy of our Eternal, Just and Righteous God.

So, I must object to the profaning of what the Cross is and stands for by a flag that represents a nation becoming bereft of every vestige of that One who died for all mankind!