Lifting High the Cross and Waving the Flag

Lifting High the Cross and Waving the Flag

Scripture: Romans 7:1-7 (NRSV)

What is the relationship of God and country? In other words, how do we faithfully and appropriately lift high the cross and wave the flag? Are the two different or the same thing?

As Christians, being a good citizen is like two sides of the same coin.

First, respect. This means praying for our leaders and country, carrying out our civic duties, honoring the laws of the land, paying our taxes, contributing to the common good. This demonstration of respect for our country teaches us about the virtues of honor, duty, loyalty, and sacrifice for others. It keeps us connected to and caring for our fellow Americans and all people. It also honors God.

Second, conscience. Christians also show their patriotism by holding the State accountable to truly seek justice for all and not take over the role of church or the role of God in society. We encourage our country to hold to our ideals and reject unjust laws in a non-violent and constructive, not destructive, manner.

Lifting high the cross and waving the flag. Doing this wisely and faithfully could be one of the most important tasks of the American church today. Find out more about how we might be more faithful to God and country.


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