Isaiah 59:19 (NIV) — “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”
Are you familiar with Charles Spurgeon? Some have written that he was the “Prince of Preachers.” He was an English Baptist preacher during the 1800s.
Personally, I find him very controversial. I don’t agree with his writing on many points. But there is one quote of his I appreciate:
“God will bless Elijah and send rain on Israel, but Elijah must pray for it. If the chosen nation is to prosper, Samuel must plead for it. If the Jews are to be delivered, Daniel must intercede. God will bless Paul, and the nations shall be converted, but Paul must pray. ... Let me have your prayers and I can do anything! Let me be without my people’s prayers, and I can do nothing.”
When I was a relatively new Christian, there was much about Christianity and God’s will that I didn’t understand, which caused a great deal of doubt and hesitation on my part.
One little saying that helped me was: “God’s job is to open doors. Our job is to walk through those doors.”
There’s definitely a tide of change passing through our nation. There have been many things that have made me pause, and some have just left me speechless.
One of those has been the recurring statement of foreigners that come to the United States saying that they are offended by the flying of the Stars and Stripes — on U.S. soil!
That was followed by a variety of other such comments by our own countrymen, basically inferring that to be American, especially an American patriot, was equal to being a freak.
What adds to my amazement is that for the last 10 years or so there’s been a big awareness of bullying in school, or just in general, and yet here it is in this format.
My humor being what it is, and being triggered by such comments and the reading of such articles on the web, I couldn’t help but think of the 1970s song called “Almost Cut My Hair.” Sung by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young there is a line in the lyrics that says, “Feel like letting my freak flag fly.”
“Lift up a Standard — Raise a Standard.”
Did you know that Monday, June 14, is Flag Day?
Flag Day is a celebration of the American Flag that occurs each year on the anniversary of the flag’s official adoption.
What we know fondly as the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American Flag on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War.
There’s a great deal of national history around our flag. Our nation has a great deal of ugliness in our history. Just as we have made a great deal of progress. I sincerely hope the growing pains our nation is going through will make us greater, stronger, more united.
But should there come a day when one is considered a freak for displaying the Stars and Stripes, it is my hope that we’ll all see clearly.
As for me personally, I guess I’ll just have to let my freak flag fly.
Happy Flag Day! Salute.