Hello all, thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. Just a note that this post may offend some readers. I do apologize if this is the case. However I feel that this post may enable others to get to know me better and what I believe in. My goal is not to offend others, but to raise awareness and, hopefully, to bridge some divides in society.
Please know that, while you may or may not agree with this post, there is more to me than this. Disagreeing with this particular aspect of my views should not necessitate a termination of our friendship, our fellowship, and our ability to be care for and love one another. And, as always, I would love to hear your feedback on this post. Please do not feel you have to agree with me to respond. I’d love to hear your voice. Thank you.
Well, with that big disclaimer out of the way, I’d like to talk with/write to you about something a little out of the ordinary for me. I usually stick with theologically based matters, and I hope that you understand that this, too, is theological matter. Still, I recognize that this may seem odd, so please bear with me.
The subject of today’s post is, as you may have guessed by the title, a flag. Now, you may be thinking to yourself “why a flag? What’s so important about a piece of cloth strung up on a metal (or wooden) stick?”
To this, I would have to respond by saying that this is not just any flag. This flag is very near and dear to my heart because it represents a part of who I am. This flag unites me with millions of others in the world. This flag is a beacon of hope for those who are being oppressed or on the fringe of society. This flag represents the struggle of so many people who have worked hard to be respected for who and what they are. This flag has been christened with the blood, sweat, and tears of many who have stood for what it represents. This flag is more than just a piece of cloth. This flag is a symbol. A unifying force. This flag is hope.
Yet there are people out there, people in today’s world, who reject this flag and what it stands for. They reject the flag bearers and wish to destroy this symbol. People wish to fight against what this flag represents. They disagree with the message portrayed in the flying of this flag. They wish to crush what it stands for. They wish to wipe out it’s very memory. It’s existence.
This flag is so much more than a piece of cloth. This flag has been raised in victory, draped over the bodies of people who died defending it. This flag has flown across this nation in parades, has been proudly displayed in shop windows and peoples’ homes. This flag has joined so many together to fight for what they feel is right. What is just.
And yet this flag is not all-powerful. This flag has raised opposition. It has been the catalyst for fights, legislation disputes, even the death of others. This flag has been burned and trampled on, spat upon and torn. It has been misused by some. It’s meaning has been skewed to justify horrific acts. It has been used for good, and for bad. This flag is not all-powerful.
This flag makes many choose sides. It causes people to talk, to debate its supporters and what they stand for. This flag has been used for crime and for peace. It has been discussed in churches, synagogues, schools, courtrooms, dining rooms and family rooms. This flag has sparked the curiosity of others.What this flag stands for has the ability to unify the people or to divide them. This flag is complex.
may not have been what you were thinking about at all.
Which flag am I talking about? The answer is “Yes.” Both of these flags have a story. Both can teach us many things. Both are symbols of hope for some, and symbols of corruption for others. They are very different in some ways, and yet very similar in others. Which side to you stand on? Do you see both as good, one, or none? Do you have mixed feelings? It’s okay not to know how to feel. The important thing to remember is that there are people out there that support these flags. Some support one and not the other, some support both, and some reject both. Where do you stand?
Think about what it means to support either of these flags. Try to put God’s love at the center of your life as you think about this. Remember that there are people out there, children of God like you and me, that believe in what one of or both of these flags represent.
As always, God Bless!