Flags, flags, everywhere. But where are the Christian flags?
There are so many flags being displayed today: posted on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media, pictured in blogs, shown on television, texted, carried on the streets, hung from overpasses and buildings. Flags seem to be everywhere — Rainbow Flags, Confederate Flags, American Flags, the flags of many other nations — but where are the Christian Flags?
Two of the best known Christian flags are: 1) the Free Christian Flag (unaffiliated with any Christian group or denomination) and 2) The Salvation Army Flag, also known as The Blood & Fire Flag. (There are also other Christian flags that represent various denominations.)
In January 1907, The Christian Advocate wrote this about the Free Christian Flag:
Within recent years a flag has been designed which shall stand as an emblem around which all Christian nations and various denominations may rally in allegiance and devotion. This banner is called the Christian flag. It was originated by Charles C. Overton of Brooklyn, N.Y., whose first thought of it came to him while addressing a Sunday school at a rally day service. The flag is most symbolic. The ground is white, representing peace, purity and innocence. In the upper corner is a blue square, the color of the unclouded sky, emblematic of heaven, the home of the Christian; also a symbol of faith and trust. in the center of the blue is the cross, the ensign and chosen symbol of Christianity: the cross is red, typical of Christ’s blood
The Christian Advocate goes on to say:
Mr. Overton has dedicated his flag to the Christian world, refusing to copyright or patent it. It stands for no creed or denomination, but for Christianity. Every sect of Christ’s followers can endorse this flag
Here is some more history of the Free Christian Flag:
“The Christian flag is the only free flag in the world. It is different from every other flag, religious or secular, ancient or modern. It is uncontrolled, independent, and universal. Unlike all national flags and all denominational flags of various churches, it has no earthly bonds or allegiances. Christ and Christ alone is its Master. Without limitation, it exists for all the world’s people regardless of sex, race, national boundary, economic condition, affluence, or poverty, politics, slavery or freedom. It cannot be restricted by any nation or denomination. This unique, universal quality makes it like the air we breathe, belonging to all and yet owned by none. For those who want it, wherever and whenever, it is freely theirs.”
“The Christian flag is one of the oldest unchanged flags in the world. It was conceived at Brighton Chapel, Coney Island, New York, Sunday, September 26, 1897, and was presented in its present form the following Sunday by its originator. Call it chance, or providence, serendipity, or the plan of God, on that day, the Christian flag was born.”
“The white on the flag represents purity and peace. The blue stands for faithfulness, truth, and sincerity. Red, of course, is the color of sacrifice, in this case calling to mind the blood shed by Christ on Calvary, represented by the cross.”
“The first pledge to the Christian flag was written by Methodist pastor Lynn Harold Hough in 1908.”
“I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One brotherhood, uniting all mankind, in service and love.”
Here’s # 2
Here’s some history of The Salvation Army Flag:
“Around the world, The Salvation Army flag is a symbol of the Army’s war against sin and social evil.”
“The red on the flag represents the blood of Christ; the blue border stands for purity; and the yellow star in the center signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit.”
“The flag is used at special occasions such as marriages, funerals, marches, open-air meetings, enrollments of soldiers, farewells, and retirements.”
“The first Salvation Army flag was designed and presented to the Coventry Corps in England by Catherine Booth in 1878. At the time the centre of the flag was a yellow sun representing the Light of Life. This was changed to the star in 1882.”
The words “Blood & Fire” are written inside the yellow star.
–Here’s a challenge: Let’s bring Christian flags out of the closet, out of church buildings and into public view!
Step 1) If you believe in the the message of these two flags, begin to regularly post pictures of them on social media.
Step 2) Begin to prayer walk with a Christian flag in your city, town, or neighborhood. For more information about flag-prayer walking, check out this Facebook page: Prayer walking With The Salvation Army Flag.