The American Flag is Not Christian, and Christianity is not America, but It is okay to celebrate the Flag!
To my Christian brothers and sisters: Do not undermine the patriotic zeal of those of us Americans who celebrate July 4th, America’s independence from imperial Britain. Do not say on this day true liberty and independence is from Christ. We know that already, and believe Jesus Christ provides everlasting freedom and joy for the soul! There is nothing more precious to live in Christ, for Christ, and with Christ. Nonetheless, there is always a context for everything. Spiritual freedom is not physical freedom. Physical freedom or mental freedom is certainly not spiritual freedom. Give to God what is God’s; give to Caesar what is Caesar’s!
Those of us whose countries have been colonized, neo-colonized, demonized, and dehumanized by both colonial and imperial forces know the real meaning of freedom and the reason to celebrate freedom and independence. Those of us whose ancestors have been enslaved also understand what it means to be free and have a voice today!
What we need to make clear is not to confuse (or mix up) the American flag with the cross of Christ. They are not the same. American nationality is not a substitute for Christian identity.The American Flag is not Christian, and Christianity is not America! Yet, it is okay to celebrate the flag and honor those who have given their lives in sacrifice for the sake of freedom and the common good.
Happy Independence Day!