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August 15 (Indian Independence Day) Flag Salute

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Today's subject: DISCIPLESHIP

 

Titles under this subject-

Better Everyday-Jan 1

God First!-Jan 3

Give Silver, Get Gold!-Jan 17

Grace of Giving-Feb 1

Fast...Forward!-Feb 8

Failure not Final!-Feb 24

(S)upper Room-Feb 25

Crosswalk-Mar 15

Dehydrated to Delight-Mar 25

In Rags but Rich!-Apr 7

Zindabad!- May 1

Rain, Rain, Come again!-May 18

Backsliding -  Backsliding!-Jun 23

Not "I" but "C"-Jun 24

Ten then, but now?-Jul 1

Sacrifice is Service!-Jul 13

Fellowship in Fellowships-Jul 23

Fast becomes Feast!- Aug 1

Flag Salute-Aug 15

Sweet Smell-Sep 1

Burning for Shining- Sep 15

Why stop with Sky?-Nov 16

Loyalty to Lordship-Nov 29

New Year Resolutions-Dec 30

 

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(Indian Independence Day) Flag Salute


Reading: Romans 13

"Obey the Government, for God is the one who put it there" (Rom 13:1)


 

We hoist and salute our National Flag on the Independence Day, the Republic Day and on special occasions. However, there are some sincere Christians who keep wondering whether saluting the national flag is not amounting to idol worship.

The word "salute" simply means "to greet with respect." In India we greet one another with bowed heads or folded hands. These postures vary according to cultures. This is not worship. Apostle Peter rebuked Cornelius because the latter exceeded the level of greeting and literally "worshipped" Peter (Acts 10:25,26). What the three Hebrew young men sternly refused was the "worship" of the gold "image" set by the King (Dan 3). The National Flag represents the Nation. When we salute the flag, we publicly declare our love and respect for the Country.

Christians may not be nationalistic but they must be patriotic. The Bible has nothing to say against patriotism, which means love and dedication to one's country. Apostle Paul was proud of his Roman citizenship eventhough the Roman empire was pagan (Acts 22:25-29). The Jews became homesick when they were scattered all over the world. Read Psalm 137 to understand how much a Jew loved his homeland. Jerusalem was his "chief joy" and as dear as his "right hand" (vv 5,6). Our ultimate citizenship in Heaven does not negate our present citizenship on earth.

In the Western world there's a custom of keeping the national flag inside the Church buildings. This is perfectly in order. Are not all governing authorities from God? (Rom 13:1). Why should we not hoist our national flag atop our Church steeples or inside Church compounds, atleast on the Independence Day and the Republic Day? We can have special prayers for the Nation on these days.

 

 

Look forward to the next flag-hoisting ceremony with enthusiasm. Our National Flag is simple yet attractive. To guard ourselves from the disrespect that comes from ignorance, an understanding of the symbolism would be helpful. The deep saffron colour at the top speaks of valour and sacrifice. White stands for truth, purity and simplicity. The green represents our fertile land with vast natural resources. The wheel with 24 spokes signifies motion, progress and dynamism. As you salute the Flag, rededicate yourself to these lofty values so the Nation may be blessed and God glorified!

 


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