Life Insights: Flag Day, June 14
Flag Day is June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which was resolved by Congress in 1777. President Woodrow Wilson issued a public proclamation in 1916 that officially recognized June 14 as Flag Day. It was in 1949, by an Act of Congress that established June 14 as “National Flag Day.” The Stars and Stripes of the United States has been our banner for 236 years and has seen many modifications as new states were added. There is no federal holiday for this date, but many communities will have parades and homeowners and businesses will proudly fly the flag in honor of America’s symbol of freedom. By the way, June 14, 1775 is the birthday of the United States Army!
I have traveled over the world and everywhere I go and see the United States flag, I know there is hope. Everywhere I see a National Cemetery, whether in the Philippines, Hawaii, or France, or the United States, I know the cost that was paid so I could have freedom. That flag is a constant reminder and banner to the hope of freedom.
I am grateful for every man and woman who has served under the flag in peace and in war, so that we might have freedom. Too many have given everything, but their sacrifice, draped by the flag continues to remind me of the precious freedom I enjoy. I could never repay those who have given their lives on behalf of the freedom I enjoy. My prayer is that the United States flag will never fall under disrepute. There is one banner that will never be in disgrace. There is a greater banner of freedom.
That banner is the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah wrote,
· 10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.”
· 12 He will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.(Is. 11:10,12)
Anyone and everyone, from any country, from any land, from any nationality, or race, or custom, or creed can trust the banner of freedom and be delivered from the worst enemy of all – sin. If anyone believes on the Lord Jesus Christ (that is, believe that He died for his sins, as his substitute, because only Jesus could satisfy the righteousness of God, because he could not) will be saved from condemnation and sin. There is no greater banner of freedom than what Jesus provides. May we always live under that banner!
Happy Birthday Flag! May you fly proudly for many more centuries! You will, only as the America people are good. When the American people cease to be good, the United States flag will become tattered and worn and eventually torn down. May we abide under the banner of His love, so regardless of our country’s condition, we might live in freedom from sin!