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As regular readers know, one of the drumbeat issues here at Fire Breathing Christian has been the loving but firm confrontation and correction of the now commonplace idolatry of America on the part of many American professing Christians (see: Confronting Americult). To that end, we’ve frequently highlighted the devastating consequences of conflating America with Christianity and the elevation of the American State as god in practice. (See: The State as God in practice: How we currently evangelize through government, law and education.) We do all of this by God’s grace out of true love for Christ, America, and Americans. (See: How to truly love (and really save) America.)
While this approach hasn’t exactly made us the most popular site with many loud and proud professing patriots who insist upon “putting America first” in every sense, we’ve persisted out of love for Truth and have been greatly encouraged by many Brothers and Sisters who, like us, have come to realize and repent of their own past America idolatry, and, in doing do, finally have the ability to love America rightly. (See: Loving America by Killing the America Idol.)
It is in this context that news of some churches in the South beginning to fly the Christian flag above the American flag is so encouraging. (See: Whose flag should fly highest over America?)
As reported by Fox News in Atlanta,
“A pastor in Cleveland County is taking a stand to put God first before his country.
Pastor Rit Varriale and members of the Elizabeth Baptist Church decided to fly the Christian flag above the American flag outside the building in Shelby.
He strongly believes it should always be “God before Government”, also the theme of the Sunday morning service.
“We plan to raise the flag as a symbol that our commitment is to God first,” Varriale said.”
Is this symbolic gesture a cure-all or a silver-bullet solution for the sin that is devouring our culture?
No, of course not.
But it is important.
There is no hope for America (or anything else) apart from explicit submission to Christ as King in practice, and that cannot even begin to happen in any meaningful way if we persist in exalting America (or anything else) above Him. (See: Appreciating America vs. Worshiping America.)
Think of it this way: If we refuse to submit to His reign symbolically, how can we hope or claim to submit to His reign substantially? (See: What would happen if Christians just said no to American Statism?)
If we are not in submission to Him, are we not then in opposition to Him?
If we will not have Him to rule over America explicitly, then we will end up instead with the American State ruling over us tyrannically.
So thank the Lord for the eyes that are being opened and hearts that are being moved by His grace toward Him as Lord in practice right here and now in the land we call America, and do what you can to keep this “proper flag arrangement” movement going.
Please share this bit of news with your own local church leadership and encourage them accordingly.
Soli Deo Gloria…and let’s roll!
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I'm glad to see a handful of Christians understand the proper order. Amen!
Still, some will compare us to Jihadists, who indeed practice the same principle… same principle, different God! (Jihadists actually follow the flesh, but then use a god to justify their depravity)
God should be first, He is our Heavenly Father, He created us and gave us this world, not for world to be first. God is second to none. He is our Head of the Churches.(God Head). I think the USA has forgotten this. A lot of people don't see all the Idols that are around us. How much of our time do we give to God? With the split of families, husbands and wives working at jobs so they can have the material things that others have, have left their children to fend for themselves. Children have become arrogant, smart mouthed, lazy and into drugs and firearms, crime and murder. Very few people in America can see what is going on, and many don't want to know. And we have kicked God's commandments out the window so to speak. We have allowed other countries to come to our home land and dictate their laws from their country to be the laws of this Nation. People have got to wake up. This country is a mess and everyone is stirring the pot. Soon we will be silenced………Then what?
I know what you are saying, but it is illegal to fly any flag above any other flag. Flying the flag in a certain order does not prove anything its how is your life showing Christ, Does your church have a good reputation in the community.