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Christian Flag: Pros and Cons of Displaying It in Church

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 01:25 PM

There are more than 244,000 churches that currently display one or more Christian flags. Charles T. Overton produced the idea for the flag after a planned speaker for a church rally failed to show up.

He improvised that the students present at the rally come up with designs for a Christian flag. In 1907, Overton, along with Ralph Diffendolpher, finished the flag. Their final version is the flag that flies above many church steeples today.

Here are some pros and cons of displaying the flag in church:

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Pros


1. The American flag is a symbol of reverence for America and its past. As such, there is a special set of rules created to respect it. For instance, any American flag that touches the ground must be burned. In the same way, the Christian flag is a symbol of reverence for Christianity and its past.

2. Christian flag is a symbol of pride in Christianity and in Christ as Savior.

3. Every piece of the Christian flag symbolizes a central tenet of Christianity. The Red Cross symbolizes Jesus's sacrifice for humanity and the blood he shed. The blue symbolizes an unclouded sky, which represents heaven and baptismal waters. It also represents Jesus' faithfulness, truth, and sincerity. The white symbolizes the absolute purity and peace of Jesus. When anyone asks what the colors on the flag stand for, the answer will teach him or her those core beliefs of Christianity.

4. Every time anyone looks at the Christian flag in the church, they will be reminded of what it symbolizes.

5. The flag is aesthetically pleasing, and will add tasteful color to any church sanctuary.

6. The flag, much like the cross, is a nondenominational symbol. Many sects of Christianity have separate denominational flags or symbols. This flag represents every denomination, and can remind them about their similarities instead of their minute differences.

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Cons


1. Flags have historically waved in battles during war. A church may not want to be associated with violence, albeit in such a roundabout way.

2. "There seems to be no way to display both flags together that does not dishonor one flag or the other," laments Hoyt Hickman of the United Methodist Church. This is because only one flag can stand in the most honorable spot in the church.

3. Introduces a secular symbol into a sacred space.

4. Many denominations already have their own flag and don't require another. Having two Christian flags may be confusing.

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