Today is June 14, 2013. To most of America, its just another Friday. However, its no ordinary Friday because it's national Flag Day. It's a day when all patriotic Americans are encouraged to fly our national emblem, better known as "Old Glory". Our flag flies continually at our house year round. Every day is flag day with us.
I've always been intrigued with the design of this flag because of the message I get from it. In early grade school we were taught what each part stood for. The thirteen stripes being the original colonies and the stars on the field of blue being the new states formed as a result of the American Revolution. however, I see a great deal more.
The stripes are seven red and six white for a total of thirteen. Seven is the number of perfection and red is the color of blood. Much blood was shed in order to attain our freedom from Great Britain. That color of red also reminds me of the blood that was shed by our saviour, Jesus Christ, as he died on the cross for our sins. How appropriate that we have seven red stripes!
White is the symbol of purity or freedom. The white stripes represent our freedom from British rule. The Bible says "Though your sins be as scarlet [red] they shall be as white as snow". The white stripes show that purity.
The stars on the blue field represent the individual states with their own governments but part of one union. Likewise, I see the different denominations of Christian churches that are part of one union the body of Christ.
I have no idea whether these thoughts were ever in the minds of those who designed our first but I do know that God was ever present in their speeches and papers as they put together this nation at that time. Travel to Washington and read the inscriptions on the various buildings. God is everywhere present.
The problem is in our nation today God is only present on paper and man made structures of the past. He does not figure into the picture of governing, in fact He is deliberately left out of the process. We have told God that he has no place in our nation, except when we want to use His name in a profane way.
Sadly, we are no longer one nation under God. Some day we will be one nation under the judgement of God and that day does not seem to far off!
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