Yo, church? This isn’t how this works. That isn’t how anything works. I, too, worship God. I worship a God that tells me to respect the laws of man. I worship a God that tells me that I should not be disrespecting a flag that men died carrying into battle to protect your freedom to worship at your choice of churches. I worship a God that doesn’t care about a flag MAN created to somehow represent him and who cares instead about what is in your heart. This has to be one of teh most disgusting things I have ever seen a church do for attention:
In Cleveland County, Old Glory flies high. From shops, to homes, to houses of worship – the red, white and blue can be spotted on every street corner.
But this Fourth of July weekend, one Shelby flag pole will be reassessing its priorities. On Sunday, Pastor Rit Varriale will raise the Christian flag above the American flag in front of Elizabeth Baptist Church.
“Our typical flag etiquette is to have the American flag above the Christian flag. But when you stop and think about it, it should be our commitment to God first, then our commitment to country,” Varriale said.
The controversial move is one that Varriale noticed his fellow pastor, Walter Wilson, doing down the road a few months ago at Focus Missionary Baptist Church.
“As I was changing the rope one day, the Lord just laid on me that he is first and when he told me that, I switched the flags around,” Wilson said.
Now, the two pastors are hoping to spark a movement across the country in light of the United States Supreme Courts recent ruling on same-sex marriage.
Varriale tells WBTV he believes Christians need to stand up just as the LGBT community has been doing recently.
“The reality is, they have been willing to sacrifice more and be more bold for their cause than the church of Jesus Christ for serving God, and that’s got to change,” Varriale said.
The decision is getting push-back online from some saying the move is disrespectful and unpatriotic. But this former Army Ranger says the move isn’t about not loving his country.
“I really don’t need a lecture on patriotism, I’m willing to give my life for my country. When you think of military motto’s, for example, God and country, God first and then country,” Varriale said.
The two pastors know the move is sure to turn heads, but say they’re okay with that.
“We know that not everyone is going to agree with that. But that’s not going to make us sit down and stop talking about what’s important,” Wilson said.
Wilson’s church will come together with Varriale’s church on Sunday morning for the flag raising. Service begins at 11 a.m.
For more information visit godbeforegovernment.org.
Look, I admire what they are *trying* to do. But, reality is, you are disrespecting the Americans that died to defend your very right to say that by dissing the flag. That is just too wrong for me to get behind, and I think if you pray on that, God may reveal that to your heart. Vaya con Dios, my friends.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
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