Should churches in the U.S. fly the American flag, and if they do, what position should it have in relation to other Christian symbols? It’s an interesting debate and sums up how the smallest decisions say a lot about your church’s identity.
“By God’s grace we live in freedom in a wonderful country. We don’t want to ignore the blessing and benefits of being located in a country where we experience such freedoms,” said the Rev. M. Susan Peterson [of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. (coincidentally, only a few blocks from my church)]. “However, we gather in the sanctuary to worship Jesus Christ. And as a result, our focus and all of our symbols in the church reflect the one to whom we give honor and praise.”
Of course others disagree:
“If we do not display the flag or indulge ourselves in the freedoms that flag stands for, then what’s our faith really worth?” said Rev. John Darlington [of Minnehaha United Methodist Church in Minneapolis]. “We go by James [2:14]: ‘Faith without works is dead.'”
(link via CT’s weblog)