Just recently I saw a middle-aged man wearing a t-shirt that was emblazoned with a giant religious cross in the background, and in the foreground is an America flag; essentially side by side with a caption that read: “I always stand for the flag, and kneel for the cross.”
Now, it’s logical to think that this gentleman feels that he is being very noble in his professing belief in God and country, and most others likely feel the same as he. Unfortunately, the one whose opinion matters most is not yours or mine, but that of our Creator; our God! Does the Creator view this as a noble gesture, or is such a statement and action quite the opposite of nobility, and actually an ungodly and unlawful act in our Creator’s eyes? Is this more so the expression of man’s ignorance and lack of understanding of God’s requirements, as well as his lack of knowledge of what the Bible has to say about such a presentation and proclamation?
Consider this, if you would, please? First of all, to “stand for the flag” and putting the flag foremost, presupposes that the flag is somehow more important than anything God has to say in the matter, something we are forced to believe from birth through our government propaganda.
It also presupposes that this country alone is “doing the will of God” and has the right to raise itself to a level that is equal to, or above the Creator, and therefore “expresses the will of God.” Again, something we are forced to agree with from birth through the propaganda of political leaders who feel that the power of God was given them.
Of course, every other nation of the world presupposes the same things about God and their countries; some even have many, many gods to back their claim.
The second supposition is that the ‘cross’ represents true Christianity, but this is not likely to be the case, either. There is evidence that Christ did not die on a cross, but rather, was hung on an upright pole, or stake similar to a large fence post or perhaps something more like a telephone pole. His hands were overlaid, i.e. one on top of one another and then nailed through the palms to support the weight of the body. The arms being pulled above his head put excessive strain on the heart, causing a much faster death. The feet were nailed, but in order to expedite death, the legs were broken so that the full weight of the person would come to bear on the arms and cause the heart to literally burst from the pressure.
So, does it stand to reason that, if the Roman’s had guns and used a firing squad to execute the Christ, or if they would have burned him at the stake, or garroted him, what image would people wear or display considering any one of these? Or would they display anything at all?
The cross is a religious symbol born by pagan religions centuries before Jesus was murdered by the Romans, and hundreds of years after Christ died, when the Romans hijacked Christianity and called it Catholicism and melded it with their pagan rituals, only then did the fallacy of the ‘cross’ surface and become adopted to symbolize his death.
The 10 Commandments of God are still valid, or are they?
Exodus Chapter 20:4-6 (Please read all three translations – different Bibles)
New World Translation (NWT)
4 “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them nor be enticed to serve them, for I, Jehovah your God, am a God who requires exclusive devotion, bringing punishment for the error of fathers upon sons, upon the third generation and upon the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing loyal love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
New International Version (NIV)
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Now, beside the myriad of scriptures beyond those few, there are many to prove that the God of the Bible, Jehovah (Psalm 83:18), does not hold this or any country of the Earth in greater esteem than any of the others. In fact, Satan offered ALL the kingdoms of the world to Jesus, trying to entice him away from his Heavenly Father, Jehovah. In the Bible book of Luke the account reads: “5 So he (Satan) brought him (Jesus) up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time. 6 Then the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.“
Regardless of that; this SECOND COMMANDMENT should be sufficient for us to understand that just because the rest of the world does it, does not make it correct! Again: “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,”
Bowing to ANYTHING, whether you are “saluting” a flag, or “bowing” to a cross; AN IDOL IS AN IDOL. Jesus taught his disciples to be aware of the fact that the WHOLE WORLD is under Satan’s dominion. Every government, every church, every facet of mankind is subject to the daily torments of Satan and his demonic followers: Revelation 12:12 “12 On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”