Summary: The Church is ever marching onward into victory under the Blood Stained Banner of Jesus Christ.
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Pastor James May
The Battle Flag of God!
Between the years of 1850 and 1890 America’s focus changed from self-preservation during the Civil War to expansion. Since most of the nation east of the Mississippi river had become “civilized”, the most logical direction for our new frontier was to head out west across the plains to California. Horace Greeley is credited with the famous words, “God west young man, Go West!”
Yes, the West was a place to seek your fortune and to find a new way of life but there were grave dangers also. Besides drought, wild animals, bandits and starvation, the greatest danger of all was from the Indian Tribes whose land we were confiscating.
Which of us, especially of my generation, has not been stirred by emotion when we see the wagon train, surrounded by hundreds of bloodthirsty Indians whose protection of their land and homes meant that they must kill every man, woman and child of these invading white eyes from the east?
The most exciting moment of these movies for me was when it seemed that all was lost, and the Indians were surely about to annihilate the settlers, off in the distance you could hear the bugle call of the cavalry as they came riding into the battle with their banners flying in the breeze and their sabers held high.
You can’t watch this without the wonderful feeling of relief and joy that the victory is finally won, unless you happened to be one of the attacking Indians.
Throughout History there have been countless battles fought and won because soldiers would rally around their flag. To lose that banner in battle would be the height of insult and a sign of defeat from which a unit would not recover.
Even in our own nation, if you are a true patriot, when you see the Stars and Stripes fluttering in the breeze it brings up a sense of pride and reverence. Sad to say, those feelings are slowly but surely being erased from the heart of America.
Yes, mankind has rallied around many banners, standards and flags to win battles that have brought great changes and shaped the course of History.
But the greatest Standard that has ever been raised, and the one that brings the greatest changes on earth is The Blood Stained Banner of the Lord Jesus Christ.