- Can someone on the list suggest a resource that presents the origin and
history of the current "Christian Flag", so often seen in the front of
sanctuaries in tandem with the American Flag?
David L. Rogers
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- At 12:37 AM 9/27/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>Can someone on the list suggest a resource that presents the origin andSee also: http://www.geocities.com/his_eyes/christian_flag.html,
>history of the current "Christian Flag", so often seen in the front of
>sanctuaries in tandem with the American Flag?
>David L. Rogers
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Savior for whose
kingdom it stands. One brotherhood, uniting all mankind, in service and love.
The Christian flag is the only free flag in the world. It is different from
every other flag, religious or secular, ancient or modern. It is
uncontrolled, independent, and universal. Unlike all national flags and all
denominational flags of various churches, it has no earthly bonds or
allegiances. Christ and Christ alone is its Master. Without
limitation, it exists for all the world's people regardless of sex, race,
national boundary, economic condition, affluence, or poverty, politics,
slavery or freedom. It cannot be restricted by any nation or denomination.
This unique, universal quality makes it like the air we breathe, belonging
to all and yet owned by none. For those who want it, wherever and whenever,
it is freely theirs.
The Christian flag is one of the oldest unchanged flags in the world. It
was conceived at Brighton Chapel, Coney Island, New York, Sunday, September
26, 1897, and was presented in its present form the following Sunday by its
originator. Call it chance, or providence, serendipity, or the plan of God,
on that day, the Christian flag was born.
The white on the flag represents purity and peace. The blue stands for
faithfulness, truth, and sincerity. Red, of course, is the color of
sacrifice, in this case calling to mind the blood shed by Christ on
Calvary, represented by the cross.
The History of the Christian Flag:
The featured speaker failed to arrive for the Sunday School Rally in a
Coney Island Chapel in 1897, and - the Christian flag
Like so many of the great and memorable things of history, a Christian flag
was not contemplated or predesigned. A fortuitous happenstance gave it
birth. The Sunday School was holding an old-fashioned Rally Day of the kind
which was so much the custom in years past. For this occasion, a favored
speaker had been engaged, but for some reason undisclosed did not show up.
Superintendent Charles C. Overton, in the emergency, called upon his own
gifts of innovation to fill in the time. An American flag lay there across
the pulpit. Overton addressed his words to the flag and its symbolism. Then
like a flash came the thought, why not also a Christian flag? His impromptu
but constructive ad-libbing was to produce a verbal picture of what is
today, and for the past one hundred years has been, the Christian flag.
Today the Christian flag is one of the oldest unchanged flags in the world.
It was conceived at Brighton Chapel, Coney Island, New York, Sunday,
September 26, 1897, and was presented in its present form the following
Sunday by its originator. Call it chance, or providence, serendipity, or
the plan of God. On that day, the Christian flag was born.
- Art Hebbeler wrote:
> one of the oldest unchanged flags in the world.<snip>
> It was conceived
> September 26, 1897,Hmmm. Methinks that only an American could write this! Old? 1897?
- At 01:25 PM 9/27/2001 +0100, you wrote:
>Art Hebbeler wrote:Simon:
> > one of the oldest unchanged flags in the world.
> > It was conceived
> > September 26, 1897,
>Hmmm. Methinks that only an American could write this! Old? 1897?
I'm just the search and report person...I don't write this stuff.... ;-)