It’s Flag Day and the flags they are a-flyin’! We love to broadcast our colors, don’t we? School colors, team colors, national colors. Those colors show identification. They show membership, association, community. And while patriotism is a natural and good trait, Christians always know they’re not quite at home yet. We look forward to an eternal home – a city, a kingdom – aglow with colors richer than any we can ever fly, salute, wear or paint on faces here.
On this date in 1777, Congress determined the need for a flag to represent the united colonies. Flag Day was born. The American flag has gone through a few changes since 1777, most notably the number and arrangement of those stars in the upper left corner. Nations around the world proudly fly their flags, which symbolically represent the history and ideals of each nation. Colors, patterns, images combine to tell a story, express patriotism and encourage unity.
Way back in the book of Exodus, Moses built an altar and called it Jehovah Nissi, “The LORD is my banner.” The prophet Isaiah tells us Jesus will be a banner for the peoples and nations will rally to him. This banner represents victory and God’s power over the battles we face. When we are weary, we can run to his banner and receive strength. When we are in the midst of a battle, his banner provides victory. As followers of Christ, we are unified under his banner and his lordship over our lives.
For U.S. citizens, happy Flag Day. For those of us who call Jesus Lord, remember, the Lord is your banner.