Pastor Tim

The Flag of Freedom

When you think about July 4th, what comes to mind? Perhaps a day off from work, picnics, fireworks? How about the U.S. flag – our symbol of freedom?

My dad served under the banner of our flag in World War II. Both of my grandpas served in WWI. I have relatives and friends who have served in Vietnam, Korea, Desert Storm and Afghanistan. I am extremely thankful for those who have served in our military in times of peace and in times of war and in various capacities. They all served under the banner of our flag securing and maintaining our freedom.

In the United States of America we are free to voice our opinions. We are free to vote for the people of our choice. We are free to worship. We are free to work whatever job we are offered. We are free to seek higher education. We are free to travel where we want. Not every country affords these freedoms. We dare not take them for granted.

As I’m writing, Lee Greenwood’s song, God Bless the USA, has jumped into my mind:

If tomorrow all my things were gone I’d work for all my life.
And I had had to start again, With just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars to be livin’ here today,
Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away

And I’m proud to be an American Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the ones who died who gave that right to me
And I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God Bless the USA.

Our nation’s flag stands for freedom, but what about the symbol of our spiritual freedom? Our spiritual flag of freedom is the cross.

Colossians 2:13-14 tell us,  And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive with him and forgave us all our trespasses. 14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.

Romans 8:1-2 says,  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.

2 Corinthians 3:17 adds,  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Jesus says in John 8:36,  So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.

Finally, 1 Corinthians 1:18 declares,  For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved.

The cross of Christ has delivered to us independence from the condemnation of sin. The believer is free to get to know, follow and serve God as a result.

It is good to fly our nation’s flag proudly from our houses for it is a wonderful symbol of freedom for which many have given their lives. However, don’t neglect the beauty of allowing the spiritual flag of the cross to fly both inside and outside of your hearts. It represents eternal freedom for which Jesus gave His life.

Have a Blessed Independence Day!

Pastor Tim