Pastor's Corner

15 Jun
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Mid-Week Challenge

Yesterday (June 14) was Flag Day! A national holiday celebrated since 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day, marking the 100th anniversary of the Second Continental Congress establishing an official flag of the United States.  While July 4th celebrates our declaration of independence from tyranny and Memorial Day honors those who have given their lives to preserve our freedom, Flag Day reminds us that, though diverse and different as we may be, we are one nation.  Today, more than ever, we need to be reminded of this truth! We see a large number of various groups proudly rallying around their flag.  Each one, we are told, is to be honored and respected, as those flags are a symbol of the diversity that makes us strong.  To that statement I ask, really? Today, are we really stronger because of our differences?  It sure doesn’t seem that way.  As was true in the infancy of our nation, what we need at this moment is a unifying symbol to rally under.      

When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, the colonists weren’t fighting united under a single flag. Instead, most regiments participating in the war for independence against the British fought under their own flags. In June of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to create the Continental Army—a unified colonial fighting force—with the hopes of a more organized battle against its colonial oppressors. This led to the creation of what was, essentially, the first “American” flag, the Continental Colors.  https://www.history.com/news/what-is-flag-day

Too many of our public figures are using the symbol of the United States, the American Flag, as a personal attention seeker.  We have allowed these individuals to steal glory for themselves, by using a unifying symbol to divide us into groups. The American Flag is the one symbol that we should have never surrendered to political causes, but weak leadership and corporate woke virtue signaling has done just this.  Instead of a symbol of unity, they have turned it into a symbol of division. 

Satan attempts to do the same with the Cross of Christ.  Hollywood and secular culture mocks the cross by attempting to lessen it to a piece of jewelry or a display for cheap humor.  R.C Sproul captured this best when he said, “The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity.”  Paul challenged the church in Corinth with, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). 

Symbols have powerful meanings and to attempt to steal their power for personal gain is a mockery that deserves to be called out.  Symbols unite or divide, but it is the historical truth, once discovered, that comes with these that sheds light and produces wisdom.  Those that are truly “woke” and wise will discover truth and direct their life accordingly.  The lost and blind will continue to follow popular culture and join those who Paul describes as perishing.  The joy is that it is never too late to discover and make application of truth.  Don’t be deceived, God will not be mocked.  Fads last for a season, but the truth can be lost in a generation. If we do not rally under and protect the symbols that have shaped our life and made us who we are today they could be lost to history, and a whole generation with them.  

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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