Plymouth Congregational Church

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Take Your Hat Off (part 2)

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What colors create the American flag?

 Yeah, I know, anyone that knows their colors can tell you it is red, white and blue. That is not what I am looking for, obviously. So I will ask it again…

What colors create the American flag?

Red is of a soldier’s blood spread on the ground for you.
White is of purity and riotousness given by the death of one for you.
Blue is of royalty in honor of your mighty worth.

If all you see is red, white and blue than you have not opened your eyes to the true message Betsy Ross was sending as she sewed, by hand, the first “official” American flag.

What colors make up the Christian flag?

Again, if you have seen this flag, really taken note, you can recite that the colors match the American flag.

Is that chance or design?

Red stands for Christ’s blood sacrifice.
White represents purity and peace.
Blue indicates fidelity.

 

How is it that America can so easily forget our roots amidst so many reminders of history?

Maybe it is because we are looking at our country myopically.

Pastor Bill, “America is not a place. It was not a place when the Pilgrims landed here, and it is not a place today. America is an idea. The idea of America was built upon three little words – Red, White, and Blue. America, the idea, is about “liberty and justice for all” – equality. That is not the America of today. Equality is questioned more today than ever before. We look at health care, slaves, emancipation and education. We look at the plight of our people, our people as “one nation under God”, and we ask where is the equality when our God is cast to the stones steps of capital hill.”

Sam Krane read the youth scripture reading today, and he said, “Today’s scripture reading is taken from the book of Genesis, chapter 22, verses 7 and 8, where God is testing Abraham.

Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

Pastor Bill, “This message always touches me profoundly. Isaac does not question his father, but follows him blindly. Blind obedience. Abraham trusted God to take care of their needs, taught this trust to his son, and they walked on together. We do not have blind faithful obedience in God anymore. And we do not see often enough blind obedience in our children. Where once a child would sincerely capture their parents words and say, “Yes, I’ll do that,” the children of today, all too often, do not accept the words of their parents.”

I suppose I have to agree with Pastor Bill, being a parent of mouthy children myself. However, I also disagree with Pastor Bill. I want my children to be polite but question even their own parents. And that is how society must be today because so many parents have strayed from the path of the meaning of the American flag that to follow them, to mimic what they teach, will leave so many without God and in ruin on the side of a road.

In a class I toke recently a video was shown and the whole gist was to make certain you never say anything bad about a child’s parent, whether it is factual or not, because that child is a product of that parent thus putting down the parent means you are putting down the child.

I struggled with this for two weeks because something just didn’t sit right with me about the message. Laying in bed, relaxing, preparing for sleep, it finally dawned on me what the problem is with this message.

If you have a child brought into foster care because their mother was a crack head, this child being, say 6 years old. They are old enough to know that life was really hard until they were taken somewhere “safe”, but too young to really understand the concept of what happened to them. So, what do you tell the child when he/she starts to ask the questions that all children will ask – why? Do you not answer honestly because this child was a product of that person thus they are like that person? Do you tell the child that they are not allowed to ask questions because they are to blindly obey what these “new” people in their lives are telling them to do?

I would sincerely hope the answers to both those questions are a resounding “no”. We are a product of God first and foremost. If we remember the values, which God gave to us, the true meaning of the red, white and blue, than, we can answer a child without damaging their own self worth. I firmly believe, being an unwanted child myself that we are not parents because we give birth. We are parents because we raise (and all that comes with that small but overwhelmingly powerful word) a child or children.

I would pray that if I told my kid to jump in front of a moving car, to go the corner and buy me some drugs, or to drive without a license because I was too drunk to do so myself, or worse to get in a car with me while I was knowingly intoxicated, that they would stop, question, and say, “No!”

Our society is not so pure anymore. We, as a nation, have lost the very foundation of the idea that created our country. We have lost the red, white and blue from our daily lives. We are even trying to lose it from the very songs that form our patriotism by removing the word “God”.

If I am telling you that I want your children to question you, instead of blindly trusting you, than whom should they blindly trust?

Truth is Jesus Christ

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

The truth walks in Jesus.
Does He walk in you?

 

 

Re·mis·sion [ri-mish-uhn]
noun

1. the act of remitting.
2. pardon; forgiveness, as of sins or offenses.

3. abatement or diminution, as of diligence, labor, intensity, etc.
4. the relinquishment of a payment, obligation, etc.
5. Medicine/Medical .
a. a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease.
b. a period during which such a decrease or subsidence occurs: The patient’s leukemia was in remission.

Trust in Jesus, for he laid his life down so you can remit your sins, as he will carry the burden on his shoulders.

And here you must blindly obey for your Father has spoken.


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Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

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