With the recent burning and stomping of the American flag by many Mid-Easterners, it is an appropriate time for us to review what this symbol means to us. Even many Americans do not fully understand what this piece of cloth really represents.
This country was established and developed by many dedicated Christian men and women. As stated by the history professor Rufus Fears, “The founding of the United States is the decisive event in the modern
world.” Revolutions elsewhere, such as in France and Russia, have been destructive to human rights. Not so here because it was led by men of great moral and spiritual strength.
This nation can be compared to the Israelites as a people chosen by God. Its beginning and founding involves people such as the Pilgrims, George Washington, and John Adams who lived their Christian beliefs. Benjamin Franklin successfully proposed that deliberations at one of the Constitutional Convention meetings begin with prayer. This removed an impasse which had existed. Even Thomas Jefferson, who was stopped on his way to a worship service being held in the Congressional hall, said that religious worship by the people was essential to a strong nation.
Subsequent to the founding of the United States of America, others continued in strengthening this as a Christian nation. The outstanding example is Abraham Lincoln but many others of little recognition were
involved. In our day Gerald Ford is one of unsung importance. He spoke little of his middle-aged conversion experience but was a stable, moral president at a time when we needed his hand after the resignation of President Nixon.
So I see the U.S. flag as a symbol recognizing that God chose this nation as the first to bring democracy to the world. He used Christian people to further the idea of human freedom being a God-given right. We must work and pray that this country continues to follow and spread Christian beliefs.
Unfortunately, the knowledge of the history of this unique nation has weakened. Historical references to God and people’s dedication to Him have been dampened or omitted in many cases, especially in our educational systems.
As we look to our flag, may we thank Him for His love and care and ask that this nation continue to be the “shining city on a hill.”