With all the talk of the Christian flag being taken down at the Veterans Memorial in King on September 17, 2010 after the King City Council received lawsuit threats from the ACLU, do you know the history of the Christian flag?
Here is the story…
The Christian Flag was first conceived on September 26, 1897, at Brighton Chapel on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The superintendent of a Sunday school, Charles C. Overton, was forced to give an impromptu lecture to the gathered students, because the scheduled speaker had failed to arrive for the event. Overton saw a US flag in the front of the chapel and drawing on the US flag for inspiration. He gave a speech asking the students what a flag representing Christianity would look like. Overton thought about his improvised speech for many years afterward. In 1907, he and Ralph Diffendorfer, secretary of the Methodist Young People’s Missionary Movement, designed and began promoting the flag.
The symbolism: The Christian flag has a white field, a red ‘Latin’ cross inside a blue square (canton). The red on the cross symbolizes the blood Jesus shed on Calvary, the blue represents the title given to Jesus of King of Kings and the white represents the purity of Jesus.
In the news…
One veteran’s group is making a ‘stand’ for the Christian flag. Ray Martini, spokesperson for “Rolling Thunder of Winston-Salem”, saying that he and members of Rolling Thunder will stand watch and guard a temporary Christian flag placed at the Veterans Memorial… 24 / 7 until October 23. King City Manager John Cater gave Rolling Thunder permission to place a Christian flag in a temporary stand at the Memorial; as long as someone is present with the flag at all times. The King City Council removed the Christian Flag from the Veterans Memorial after a resident and the ACLU threatened a lawsuit. On Saturday, October 23, Calvary Baptist Church in King is organizing a rally in support of the Christian flag in their parking lot…about a mile and a half from the Veterans memorial. FYI: Rolling Thunder’s mission is to advocate the U.S. government to bring home American prisoners of wars and those still missing in action. www.rollingthunder-nc6.com/