The Christian Flag:
Designed to represent all of Christianity
The "Christian Flag" is a flag designed to represent all of Christianity, but flown mainly by Protestant churches in North America, Africa, and Latin America.
The Christian Flag was created in 1897. Today some 244,000 churches display one or more Christian flags in their sanctuaries and classrooms.
The flag has a white field, with a red Latin cross inside a blue canton. The shades of red and blue, and the dimensions of the flag and canton, have no official specifications.
The Flag's Symbolism
The flag's most conspicuous symbol is the Christian cross, the most universal symbol for Christianity. The red color represents the blood of Christ and brings to mind his crucifixion. Christians believe that Jesus Christ's death and resurrection is the means God uses to save believers from their sins. The cross and blood have been used since earliest Christianity to symbolize salvation through Jesus; in the words of the Apostle Paul,
"And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself;" -Colossians 1:20.
The white field draws on symbolism throughout the Bible equating white clothes with purity and forgiveness. People who have been "washed white as snow" in the Bible have been cleansed from their sins (Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 51:2). In conventional vexillology (the study of flags, their history and sybolism), a white flag is linked to surrender, a reference to the Biblical description Jesus' non-violence and surrender to God's will.
The symbolism behind the blue canton has been interpreted to represent Heaven, truth, or the Christian ritual of Baptism in water.
...not tied to any specific denomination or church institution...
Since the flag is not tied to any specific denomination or church institution, it represents the unity of all Christians despite historical, cultural, and dogmatic differences. Its simplicity makes it easily copied by any community of Christians.
The Christian Flag spread outside North America with Protestant missionaries. It can be seen today in or outside many Protestant churches throughout the world, particularly in Latin America and Africa. It has so far been adopted by very few churches in Europe. Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and other non-Protestant branches of Christianity do not generally use the flag.
How the Christian Flag Came About
featured speaker failed to arrive for the Sunday School Rally in a Coney
Island Chapel in 1897, and - the Christian flag was born:
The Christian flag is the only free flag in the world.
Christian flag is the only free flag in the world. It
is different from every other flag, religious or secular, ancient or
modern. It is uncontrolled, independent, and universal.
Unlike all national flags and all denominational flags of various
churches, it has no earthly bonds or allegiances. Christ and
Christ alone is its Master. Without limitation, it exists for all
the world's people regardless of sex, race, national boundary, economic
condition, affluence, or poverty, politics, slavery or freedom. It
cannot be restricted by any nation or denomination. This unique,
universal quality makes it like the air we breathe, belonging to all and
yet owned by none. For those who want it, wherever and whenever,
it is freely theirs.
Book:"Congratulations to The Christian Flag" by Author James R. Pollock, Ph.D., D.D.
Website: "Steve's Christian Flag Page" by Rev. Steve Anderson.
Holy Bible (King James Version) _____________________________________________________________
Nicene Creed _____________________________________________________________
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