Let Freedom Fly!
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1
As citizens of this country, we enjoy great freedom. The American flag is given greater prominence this month as we celebrate our freedom as a country. We put flags in front of our homes, businesses, light poles and celebrations as a way of letting freedom fly.
We know the stars in the flag represent the fifty states of our nation. The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. But what is behind the colors red, white and blue? No specific reason was given in the early days, but over time, the colors symbolized American values. Red is the color of strength, the courage of those who sacrificed for our country. White represents the pure intentions and high ideals of our government. Blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice. As citizens of this country we proudly display our flag, at the same time proclaiming a commitment to maintain these values in our daily life.
As Christians, we also enjoy great spiritual freedom. Jesus Christ has set us free from the bondage of sin, death and the power of the devil. We let our freedom fly as we post the Christian flag.
This flag shares the same colors as our American flag with very similar meanings behind them. The red cross in the upper left hand corner reminds us of the strength, courage and sacrifice Jesus made for us. The large field of white represents the result of that sacrifice, the innocence and purity we have through the forgiveness Jesus brings. Though our sins be as scarlet, we are white as snow. The blue field behind the cross encourages us to persevere through all hardships as we are reminded of our home in heaven. As citizens of the kingdom of God, we proudly display this flag, at the same time proclaiming a commitment to live according to the Word and Will of our God.
Many people see the month of July as a time to relax, take a break from everyday life. I would like to encourage you to continue to show strength, high intentions and perseverance in letting your freedom in Christ fly in every area of your life. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ in worship. Spend time each day reading God’s Word. Find ways to share your faith with others in acts of service. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Let your freedom fly!
In His service and yours,
Pastor Mark R. Rhoads