Saturday, June 13, 2009
Flag Day! What represents you?
It’s the second Saturday of June and that means it’s Flag Day here in America. It’s where we pay homage to that beautiful flag that Betsy Ross made over 230 years ago. The flag has changed a little since that first flag. There were 13 stars on the original and now has 50 of them.
The flag has become one of the pieces that represent the American people. Back in 1812, when Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, what was left of the flag meant that we survived and won a battle with the French. It may not have been it’s finest hour, but it told the standing spirit of a young country.
The finest hour recently for the flag was after the events of 9-11. As painful a time as the terrorist attacks were, Americans began to put their flags on their cars and anywhere else that told terrorism that acts like these were knocking down what Americans have stood for since 1776. It felt defiant to be able to put out that flag and say, “You haven’t won! We will stand strong together!”
It made me start to think as I sat here with my cinnamon roll here at Joe Sipper’s this morning. What stands and represents us as Christians? I think the answer is obvious. It’s the cross of calvary. That symbol of the act that Jesus gave his life to save ours. It was kind of like that flag back in 1812.
Elton John had a song called I’m Still Standing in the eighties that talked about how it may look like we’ve been beaten, we are still strong. Satan thought he had beaten Jesus at the Cross, but the win was temporary. Jesus then rocked through hell for three days and beat death. After that, he rose and took his rightful place next to God. He had won.
It’s interesting to think that symbols of us as people are sometimes from the hardest of tragedy. It tends to say we survived. We have overcome. Aren’t you glad Jesus overcame?
Jesus always knew he had overcome. Everyone else has to figure it out. Even the disciples were confused by it in the book of John. He closes the 16th book of John ending his explanation to the disciples with these words, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” So can you. Begin living in the belief today.
I love you guys!