The American Standard

by APC on June 10, 2015

While the independence of our country is celebrated each year on July 4, there is another important day of the year that goes unnoticed by most. Flag Day, celebrated annually on June 14, was established to celebrate our Nation’s flag—the grand, old stars and stripes.

On this day, citizens and governmental bodies across the United States of America are encouraged to fly our Nation’s colors. Flag Day is an opportunity to celebrate what our flag represents.

Flags typically exemplify an idea or an ideal. Patriotism is personified in showing respect to a flag which stands to represent confidence, power, loyalty, and commitment to that idea or ideal. Throughout history, flags were displayed by a nation during battles to evoke fear in the hearts of their enemies. A flag represents a nation’s power and reputation.

The American flag has stood the test of time. It has been flown in the heat of battle, for celebratory occasions, and proudly on the property of institutions and citizens all over America on a daily basis. It has served as our beacon of hope, a light in the darkness of pending victory, and flies with the power and prestige of our Nation.

The American flag has set a standard for what America is all about: what we as a Nation can do, what we’ve accomplished, and where we’re headed. That standard holds great significance for our country.

The Bible speaks of another standard in our life, even more significant and powerful than the American flag:

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19, KJV).

The Lord of Glory holds all power in His hands (Colossians 1:17), can do all things (Ephesians 3:20), and supplies our every need (Philippians 4:19). His presence alone will elicit terror in the hearts of those who oppose Him, but awe and wonder in the hearts of those who serve Him.

Standard in this setting of Scripture is from the Hebrew word nus, which means to be displayed. Regardless of the situation and the enemy at hand, the Lord is our banner who will be lifted up high. His presence alone speaks of His power and might.

When the Adversary thinks that he has defeated us, Jesus will appear and demonstrate His power. His mere presence will retard the advance of our foes! The enemy will flee from us when they see the power and the presence of the One true God that we serve. Scripture tells us that God will come to our aid like a rushing stream driven by the wind. The enemy will be defeated and we will exit victoriously from battle!

On Flag Day, we cannot forget that we have more than one standard as a Nation. And, of our Nation’s standards, there is one that is the greatest! The ultimate power of our Nation goes well beyond the American flag, but to the Creator and Ruler of the universe—the Lord of Glory.

Our true standard doesn’t have to be flown on a flag pole, tied to the awning of a porch, or knotted to a stake thrust into the earth. Jesus is alive and flies true in our hearts and minds. All we have to do is call on Him, and our true banner will appear.