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, our God, 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, from birth, to believe 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 their god and their countries; some even have many, many gods to back their claim. So, it appears we battle on more than one level of existence, both spiritual, and political. Yes, some actually do.
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.
According to Roman tradition: His hands were overlaid, i.e. one on top of one another, above his head, 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 as ell as lashed to the pole, 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.
What though, if the Christ had died other wise; say, by hanging or a firing squad? Or even if they had burned him at the stake, or garroted him? What kind of symbol would people wear or display considering any one of these? Or would they display anything at all?
Jesus was murdered by the Romans, and hundreds of years after Christ died, when the Romans hijacked Christianity in 523 AD and called it Catholicism; they melded it with their pagan rituals and only then did the fallacy of the ‘cross’ surface and become the adopted to symbolize his death. The cross is of pagan origin and existed as a religious icon for centuries prior to Jesus. Ergo, it is not a fitting symbol to use to commemorate anything about him.
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.
Within the overall theme of the Bible, Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) established the “Kingdom of God,” which does not hold this or any country of the Earth in greater esteem than any other. In fact, Satan offered ALL the kingdoms of the Earth to Jesus to entice him away from his Heavenly Father. Luke wrote; “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, the 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 and idol. Satan is the ruler of this world, and we should not bow to anything he puts before us: 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.”