Should Churches Display The American Flag In Their Sanctuaries?
Reader to fly or not to fly? That is the question of the day! This coming July 4th weekend, many churches in our nation will choose to honor America during the worship service. Some will include America-centered songs, military-oriented hymns, and perhaps recitation of the pledge of allegiance. Others will honor those in attendance who served in the military. A few churches will preach sermons equating America of today with Israel of old: God’s chosen nation. The vast majority will display the American flag.
I love the USA and I love my country, but when I enter a sanctuary, my concern and focus should be spiritual in nature, not political. With exception on a Memorial day service and military funerals. I'm against flags, or national symbols of state in the worship space. I feel that it is a confusing symbol that leads to a "patriotic" brand of Christianity that implies there is something patriotic about being Christian and vice versa.
This article outlines why.