Many Christian organizations, institutions, and churches fly both a Christian flag and their nation’s flag. Which flag should be at the top of the flag pole?
As a young Boy Scout I was taught that the national flag should be at the top of the pole in the position of greater honor. However, after becoming a Christian and reading the Bible, my views were changed.
All countries are temporary. They can last a few years or hundreds (maybe even thousands) of years, but all nations will come to an end. The kingdom of God, however, is never-ending.
All nations have faults. No human nation is completely just. Many, if not all nations, have committed atrocities. However, the kingdom of God is perfectly just and is infinitely greater than any human nation. And all nations (and all the people in them) will eventually answer to God and the authority of His kingdom.
So if someone flies their national flag and also a Christian flag, which flag should be at the top of the pole? Of course, the flag of the greater authority. (Wouldn’t that be the Christian flag?)
So why do Christian churches, institutions, and organizations, reverse the order and put their nation’s flag in the supreme place and the Christian flag underneath it? Here’s something to think about: Could recognizing the authority of a nation above the authority of God be a form of idolatry?
Is Jesus the Lord? Or is our nation our lord?