Although the red, white and blue, which are emblazoned on the American flag, did not have meanings for the Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777, those colors have come to represent certain characteristics in other notable places in the history of the United States.

Red – hardiness and valor
White – purity and innocence
Blue – vigilance, perseverance and justice
Stars – symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial

Our nation’s Christian heritage can be seen through those definitions, and the Star and Stripes can almost be labeled a “Christian Flag” with what it represents.  They can also be a reminder to us each and every day. 

Red - the blood of Jesus
White - the purity of Jesus
Blue - the perseverance to live in Christ 
Stars – symbol of heaven and the great things to come

When you see a flag this month, think about those colors and what they represent as a nation. Remind yourselves of the rallying colors and what they mean to you as a Christian.

Thousands of brave young men and women have given their lives over the years to protect our freedom.  Jesus gave his life to us so that we can have freedom eternally.


*Historical information compiled from www.usflag.org.

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to "Sandlot Stories" (ARose Books).  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Comments and questions can be sent to: CYdmg@yahoo.com.