I skipped over this for a week for a bigger conversation that needed to be addressed, but there is a rather large issue that we have also been bombarded with that I feel we need to look at. This is not going to be a conversation about whether or not the Confederate Flag needs to be flown or not. I am not trying to stir a pot that has already been stirred too much, but rather want to address this from a perspective that echoes something that Pastor Brent Snyder of Minneapolis Baptist Church shared.
Brent stated in a Facebook Post, “I am confident that if people were as passionate about defending the Banner of Christ as they are a flag used during the most divisive time this country has seen, then the Body of Christ would be much larger and much more successful. #BeAWitness #PromoteChrist”
I agree with Brent in this statement, and wanted to elaborate on the idea that he is sharing with us. I also want to take it a step further in stating that this could cover a number of banners that we put ourselves under. His statement was made in regards to the outcry over the Confederate Flag, but as we saw just a day later that another banner made its way into our vision that also has a huge following and pride attached to it.
Here is my problem with how we are beginning to carry ourselves as a nation, separating ourselves under these flags and seeking to glorify them and fighting to protect what they represent. I’m not saying that fighting for what we believe in is wrong, but I am saying that if we do not adopt an even greater passion for the Banner that we are called to carry daily and that is the Banner of Christ.
It is unfortunate that as we sit here today we are faced with some of the most adverse times we have faced as God’s people in this country and yet God’s people seem to be silent on many issues and in many cases because of a choice for fear of what will be said to them or brought upon them. I want to encourage God’s people to take a stand! But what would this look like?
We can see that example in the scripture. The disciples lived out their lives amidst adversity and discord, but yet they fought, and even died, for the freedom that can be experienced in fully knowing Christ as your Lord and Savior. Today, we must take this same fire and go out. The Great Commission led us all into this mission field, we have been sent out, ordained to share the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth, and today we must take that stand and carry that banner.
We can no longer afford to sit back and wait on someone else to do what is needed, it will take all of us as ONE BODY to accomplish this, but as Brent said, “The Body of Christ would be much larger and much more successful” if we only took this approach. Stop getting so fired up by things that are material and begin getting on fire about the one thing that can save your life! Look to Christ for the answers and begin to carry the Banner of Christ to all peoples; after all, he does promise to be with us as we go.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)