Flags In Church

June 27, 2012

For years I’ve struggled with the idea of the American Flag in a church sanctuary. In my view, an American Flag works better in a church foyer than it does in the place where there is an emphasis on the Kingdom of Heaven rather than a kingdom of this earth. It isn’t a hill I would die on, however, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Here Western Seminary’s Chad Hall weighs in on the issue. I appreciate what he has to say. Here’s a quote:

Conservative Christians rightly resist religious syncretism (mixing Christianity with aspects of another religion in order to make our faith more palatable to those who are sympathetic to the other religion and who don’t wish to fully let go of it), but we fail to see that equal and greater harm comes from the syncretism of Christianity and nationalism. As Christians, we resist nationalism in all forms, especially those forms that would hijack the story of God’s activity in the world, that would synthesize national identity with His hopes and plans for creating, saving, and sustaining all peoples of the earth.

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One Response to “Flags In Church”

  1. ORA Says:

    I’M OK WITH PUTTING THE SECULAR BANNER IN THE FOYER. MAYBE THAT’S WHERE THE SECULAR TREE SHOULD ALSO GO. LIFT HIGH THE BANNER OF THE LORD.


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