Sunday, July 05, 2009

Flags & Church

Do flags belong at church? Do flags belong in sanctuaries? With the Christian flag as well? What about other country flags? Should flags be displayed on national holidays like 4th of July? What does your church do? How was it decided?
AT MCC we installed a flag out on the courtyard to fly on holidays and special days. But it's a work in process and I'd love to have you weigh in on what your church practice is and what your theology says about the use and non-use of flags and worship.


At 6:42 AM , Blogger Isaac Johnson said...

What effect does it have - does it suggest a political penchant? is it to commemorate a holiday? if so, what other secular holidays does the church put up decorations for - are there roses on valentines day or work equipment on labor day? It's not a bad thing in and of itself, but I would just explore what message it conveys to the outside world.

At 8:11 AM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

We do intermix community holidays and church recognition: Mothers' Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, etc all get included in the gathering conversation and even with visuals.

At 10:16 AM , Blogger Rick said...

Context is everything. It would send a very different message in Portland or Seattle than it does in Texas.

As much as I love and have deep gratitude for this nation, I tend to be an iconoclast on this topic.

And at the very least, knowing that there is a protocol that declares the US flag should be at the speaker's right side, if I were again in a church with a US flag and a "Christian" flag, I'd swap them. If the speaker's right is the place of highest honor, the cross goes there. But my preference is to avoid this intermingling of faith and nation.

At 7:29 PM , Anonymous Fred said...

We live in a country blessed with the freedom to worship as we wish. That said, the US flag, when shown, should be displayed in the secondary position, with a (Christian) flag in the position of honor showing that this nation recognizes that we are indeed "under God".


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