I typically stay away from hot topics, politics and cultural wars. But, I actually believe the lowering of a Confederate Flag has opened a huge window. A window to speak truth into the hearts of all who will listen. Here are some things I feel led to share to anyone who might listen.
1. IT’S JUST A FLAG.
Yes, that flag like many things in our society has become a very important tradition to many. I totally get why some people feel that part of their historical heritage has been removed. But, has it really? Lowering a flag doesn’t change history or heritage. That flag is just a symbol that no longer flies at our state capital.
2. PEOPLE MATTER MOST.
I believe most of us deep down agree with this one. At the end of the day people are more valuable than any old flag. I know, that flag represents people that you feel should be remembered for their sacrifice. But, for many others that flag has made them remember days they wish they could soon forget. If removing a flag can help in even a small way with our state’s racial divide, I say bring it down. People will always matter more to God than any old flag ever will.
3. IS IT REALLY THAT BIG OF DEAL?
At the end of a very emotional South Carolina day when that flag was lowered, I posted the following as my Facebook status. “Just a few reasons I’ve not had time to grieve over a flag. Today alone I’ve visited with 3 people battling cancer, one man completely paralyzed, one lady near death, and counseled a lady grieving the loss of her daughter. This floods my daily perspective.”
Too often, we are so focused on secondary things they we totally miss the primary things that matter most to God. Loving God, Loving people, and sharing Jesus with a lost world is what tops God’s list. There is no debating that we live in a very broken world and society. I sincerely pray we might all be more passionate about God’s will than we are any old flag or tradition.