The Flag That Will Not Die!

If one has moved across the streets of America, they will notice that the streets are adorned with American flags. On street corners, lamp posts, automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, parade floats, etc… American flags are every where. Memorial Day in the United States is a day that is set aside to honor both men and women who have served our country in the armed forces and that have given the ultimate sacrifice that we might enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we are recipients of as a nation.

 

With this thought in mind it is always amazing to me to see the violent spirit that is often associated with the flag. We have see the enemies of America take the American flag curse and burn it publicly. I remembered right after the events of 9-11, men took the American flag in New York City, placed the flag upon the ground and tread it under foot while the residences of New York City watched and new reporters filmed their new events.

 

Being from the south, we see a similar disdain for a flag, not the American flag, but the Confederate Flag. There are concerted efforts to legislate that states and public buildings can not fly this flag or schools cannot fly it above public institutions. There are even places of business that will not allow vehicles to don this emblem. Like the America flag it carries a bitter and vehement taste in the mouths of those that oppose it.

 

The flag is nothing more than mere material, nylon sewn in a regimented format to bring forth the emblem that it is designed to represent. The flag can do no harm because it is an inanimate object that has not thought or evil. It just flies in the breeze upon the pole that it is erected upon, yet brings such railing accusations. Herein we see the problem, it is not the flag itself, it is the flags historical foundation that meets such anger.

 

Though it is Memorial Day and I truly do appreciate all that the men and women of the armed forces of the United States of America have done in the name of Old Glory that we might enjoy the freedoms that we take for granted today, it is not the American, or even the Confederate Flags that I am thinking. It is a flag that has far greater importance than any other flag, yet carries a controversy and great opposition. This flag when it first flew brought railing accusations and still does today from those individuals that opposes Him.

 

And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. Isaiah 11:10

 

The word that is translated ‘ensign’ is the word for standard, banner, sail or flag. This root of Jesse, shall fly in that day… The Day of Righteousness when the King of Kings and Lord of Lords shall rule and reign in justices.

 

For the believer, He should already be flying, ruling and reigning if you please. If I be lifted up, I will draw all me unto me. The first day that ‘ensign’ flag was lifted up on Calvary’s Hill, suspended between heaven and earth, the enemies of the cross railed on Him with their mouths. We see it today; the enemies of the cross are still railing and cursing His holy name. Never has society seen such a vehement persecution, not even liken to that of the American or Confederate flags, but against God and His Christ.

 

If you are a veteran of any war and are reading this post, I would like to thank you that I have the liberty and freedoms to own the word of God and the liberty to stand and preach it and type it in this setting. It is a blessing that I do not take for granted, realizing that one day it may cost me to do so.

 

malachi

 

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