Fly the Flag High

 As a Christians Banner

Psalm 20:5 says, “May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!  May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!”   The word banner (דָּגַל dāg̱al) is a verb meaning to carry a flag, a standard, a banner: to distinguish.  It indicates the display of a symbol of loyalty and commitment to the Lord for His victories.  God’s people are to show their loyalty to the Lord by raising their flags (banners) in His name. (Expositors Bible Commentary; Matthew Henry Commentary)

Countries design and display flags, not just to have something to fly in the air but to make a particular statement.  Much time and money is invested in the design of a flag.  Everyone who sees a flag displayed should know from that symbol just what the country stands for.  Many Americans display flags outside their homes to show national loyalty, cultural pride, or affiliation with specific interest groups and organizations.

The American flag was designed as a banner to celebrate America’s freedom, but also stands as an icon of world diplomacy. (Flags and Their Importance, United States Flag Store)   The Word English Dictionary says that to fly the flag “is to represent or show support for one’s country, an organization, etc.”

On June 14th, 1777 the Continental Congress passed a resolution, “The flag of the United States will be thirteen stripes, alternating red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, which will represent a new constellation.” (Journals of the Continental Congress, Vol. VIII, p. 464, June 14, 1777)  “Since that time, generations of Americans have celebrated the flag as a symbol of our God-given freedoms, as well as being a God-blessed nation.  In every American military campaign, the flag has been a symbol of our freedom.” (David Barton, The Real Story Behind Old Glory – 06-11-2012)

You might be interested in some U. S. flag facts, “The National Flag Day Foundation holds an annual observance for Flag Day on the second Sunday in June.  The program includes a ceremonial raising of the flag, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance with singing of the National Anthem.  The week of June 14 is designated as ‘National Flag Week.’ During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of the week. The flag should also be on all government buildings” (Wikipedia, Flag Day) The Pledge of Allegiance spoken during the ceremony says, “I pledge alliance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” (Celebrating America’s Freedom, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)  The national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner is sung at the annual ceremony as well.  In the 4th stanza are these words,  “Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!  Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust” And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” (National Anthem – United States Of America Anthem Text Lyrics / Metro-lyrics)

Remembrance in Every Fold

 Spiritual Truth In The Folding Of The American Flag

Have you ever taken time to watch the flag being folded and then handed to a loved one at the graveside of a military serviceman/woman who gave their life in service to this country.  I have often wondered if there was any meaning to each fold.  Research shows that there is no official nor required meaning that should be given as the American Flag is being folded. (;  However, there is no shortage of scripts available that can be read aloud during a flag folding.  There is a meaning of the 13 folds of the folding of the American Flag that is not without importance.  This script has an unknown author, however reflects a spiritual heart that has a Biblical understand of the heart of God, the heart of mankind and truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This writing shows a Holy Spirit enlightenment of the whole of Scripture:  The American Flag is Folded Thirteen Times

“The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.  The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His Divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, ‘Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.’ The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. With the final fold the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, ‘In God We Trust.'”

“Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.(Romans 13:7)