Next Tuesday, June 14, 2011 is National Flag Day in the United States.
Various sources credit different people for the first celebration of Flag Day on June 14. Regardless of who was the first, Flag Day is a commemoration of the adoption of the flag by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.
When I was growing up, we were taught the history of the US Flag and the laws and proper flag etiquette. We learned when and how to fly the flag at half staff and full staff, what hours the flag is to be flown, how to fold the flag and how to properly dispose of a worn and damaged flag. We were taught that the American flag is to be flown higher than any other nations’ flags when displayed together. And we were taught that the flag is never to touch the ground. The schools taught us to respect the flag and to be proud to be an American when we see it displayed.
Sadly, most Americans today are not taught anything about the flag and it is obvious that they have no respect or loyalty to it. Businesses lower the flag for any occasion they feel like, without any fore thought or knowledge of the laws and etiquette that govern the displays. I can’t count the number of times I have seen people allow their US flag to not only touch the ground, but to actually lay on the ground. Even more troubling is watching people walk on the US flag or purposely fly another nation’s flag above the US flag as occurred at a California high school last year when the Mexican flag was raised above the US flag.
In May of 2010, a thirteen year old student turned in a drawing of the American flag with the words ‘God bless America’, One nation under God’ and ‘In God we trust’ written on or around the drawing of the US flag. The teacher informed the student that her drawing along with the national motto was offensive.
Since June 14, 1777, over 2 million Americans have died protecting that flag. Many of them made the ultimate sacrifice because of their Christian faith and their belief in America as a Christian nation. Sadly, as our nation is losing its Christian foundation, its citizens are also losing their respect for the flag that represents our once great nation.
The flag has been raised in times of triumph and tragedy to show that we as a nation are still proud and strong. There is still a portion of the population that are cling to the Christian foundations and understand just what the US flag stands for. Though our numbers seem to be declining, it is never too late to do our part to reach out to our families, friends, and neighbors and share the importance of the US flag and what it stands for.
Please allow us to strongly encourage you to properly fly your flag on June 14 and every day. We also encourage you to take time to learn the flag laws and etiquette, and teach them to your children and grandchildren.
by Archie P. Jones
You have probably heard the charge that the United States was founded by men who were Deists and Secularists, bent on overthrowing the Christian order of European civilization. It is claimed that they framed a national order banishing God and the Bible from all civil government; that they conspired to break with the Christian past and create a revolutionary new order of the ages—an order patterned more after pagan Greece and Rome than the Bible and medieval and Reformation Christianity.
This is all an entertaining fairy tale that, despite its wide popularity, has no basis in actual historical fact. Sadly, many Christians have joined the secularist chorus of ignorance by denying the deep Christian roots of the founding of this country, thereby allowing this error of historical revisionism to persist. What professed Christians expect to gain by joining the secularists in this revisionism is not entirely clear. However, it is clear that they could not be more greviously wrong.
Early America was founded upon the deep, extensive influence of Christianity inherited from the medieval period and the Protestant Reformation. That priceless heritage was not limited to the narrow confines of the personal life of the individual, nor to the ecclesiastical structure. Christianity positively and predominately (though not perfectly) shaped culture, education, science, literature, legal thought, legal education, political thought, law, politics, charity, and missions.
Dr. Archie Jones’ monograph, The Influence of Historic Christianity on Early America, demolishes the claims of the historical revisionists. In this short book, Jones demonstrates the pervasive Christian influence on the founding of the United States across the entire spectrum of late colonial life. It is must reading for all who wish to to understand the glorious and undeniable Christian heritage of the United States of America.