What Can You Do for the Red, White and Blue?


Blessings as we begin another week.  This Thursday, June 14, is Flag Day in our United States of America. Our flag has a long history officially beginning on June 14, 1777 when the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act. By an Act of Congress on August 8,1949, President Truman established National Flag Day as June 14.  This declaration gave our national symbol of strength and unity a place on our calendar to show our patriotism with the most well-known representation of America.  The thirteen stripes represent the original colonies and the iffty stars represent the states.  The red, white and blue colors derive meaning from those same colors used in the Great Seal of the United States which Congress approved in 1782.

The Red, White and Blue

“In 1782 Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, introduced [the] design for the new Seal of the United States. He told the members of Congress: “The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.” ” Quote taken from http://homeofheroes.com/hallofheroes/1st_floor/flag/1bfc_seal.html

For Such a Time as This

More than ever this is the time to proudly fly our flag and emulate as individuals and as a nation the qualities of the red, white and blue.  Esther 4:14 reads:  “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews [for us this means our nation] from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.  Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  I believe this applies to us today.  We cannot remain silent as our very nation and our Father’s house (the freedom to honor and practice our Judeo-Christian beliefs) as we have known them in the history of our country are in great peril.  I know that each one of us has come to the Kingdom ‘for such a time as this.’  Our choice is whether to sit back and do nothing or, like Esther, to seek the King’s favor for our people and our land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 clearly tells us, “…If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  Although specific to the children of Israel in context, God does not change.  This scripture applies to us today as we are a nation historically dedicated to Him. 

There is much wickedness afoot within our shores.  We must stop ‘playing church’ and be the church in this season.  It is time to take responsibility on the individual and corporate level to seek the Lord and stand for what we believe.  Laws which run counter to our basic Judeo-Christian beliefs are being passed across this country.  It is incumbent on each of us to either stand or to get behind those willing to stand for what we believe as followers of Jesus Christ.

Chosen and Appointed

In John 15:16, Jesus tells us, “…I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.” If we are true followers of Jesus Christ, not followers in name only, we are chosen and appointed ‘for such a time as this.’ We are to bear fruit that remains. Our prayers and our actions in this season will have results whether good or bad that remain in our nation for years to come.  It is up to us.  It is up to us now.

You may be wondering what you can do?  Can one person have an impact?  Absolutely!  Some of us are called to action politically, some financially to support others, some militarily, some through writing or speaking.  Most important, we are all called to pray.  For some this national intercession is the sole call.  It is a holy call, a sacred call and a most necessary call for each and every one of us. 

Bear Good Fruit:  What Can You Do for the Red, White and

The Presidential election is just a short time from now. We must be diligent to take action however the Lord leads us to bear good fruit in this auspicious season. I pray an Esther anointing on each of us to seek wise counsel, to fast and pray, and to seek the King for our people and our land.  May we each clearly come to the fullness of our appointment ‘for such a time as this.’ When you see the flag flying this week, really think about what it means.  Challenge yourself to live up to the representation of the red, white and blue!  We are Christians who God has sovereignly placed in the United States of America.  We are called as both Christian and as American to seek hardiness and valour (red), purity and innocence
(white), and vigilance, perseverance and justice (blue) in our life and for our nation.

‘Pray the States’

Join us this week as we ‘pray the states’ toward the 2012 Presidential election.  We are praying for each state in the order of admission to the Union. Please cover Alabama admitted to the Union December 14, 1819, in prayer. Pray for wisdom and discernment for the political leaders, pastors and church leaders, the people residing in Alabama and for all in our Nation.  Each state is important in forming our United States of America.  We commit to pray for a different state each week so we not only provide prayer cover but also to make us aware that our country is bigger than the space we personally occupy in it. These are our United States.  Let us pray that we will arise united ‘for such a time as this!’  Please repost and share.

A Prayer Request and Personal

Thank you for your continued faithfulness to pray.  Please keep our servicemen and women and their families in prayer for salvation and safety.  They are our frontline on the battlefield, let us be their frontline in the spirit.  Also, let us cover all who have come home wounded that they and their families will receive the kindness, help and support they need to go forward in their lives.  God bless all our military personnel and their families.

May God richly bless you this week and lead you to your specific call ‘for such a time as this.’  May God richly bless the United States of America and keep her safe.  Amen and amen!