God and Government

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Writes Beau Tyler: “My family has been attending Bloy’s Camp Meeting outside of Ft. Davis, Texas for six generations. The impetus for Bloy’s was ranchers’ desires to have a modicum of fellowship in their worship since, for most of the year, the were limited to circuit riding ministers. It has been and remains a time of much needed spiritual renewal every year.

“Last year I noticed something amiss about the flag pole at the entrance of the camp. The Christian flag flew below the American flag. I resisted the urge to change it myself and resolved to address the issue during this year. Now, I don’t think Christianity really needs a flag but the symbolism reflects something quite disturbing about our culture. I asked a number of people, most of whom didn’t notice the flag placement, what they thought about it and about half of them disagree with me that if we are going to fly the Christian flag it should take the highest place.

“Only half, you might ask. Oh, yes, only half. Some of these conversations went downhill rather quickly. For example, when someone asked, ‘But it was the soldiers who died for that flag who gave us our religious freedom.’ I answered, obviously without consulting that part of my brain that provides tact, ‘No, they didn’t. They didn’t die for the flag and no U.S. soldier has fought for our religious freedom in well over 200 years.’ Oops. I was not given time to explain.

“We certainly have quite a bit more work to do if half of a given Christian population is willing to symbolically ally themselves to the state before their God. I have resolved to write to every attendee I know, including the executive committee, and see what I can accomplish. Frankly, I don’t think we need any flags, but would be satisfied by simply not acquiescing to overt blasphemy. Supposedly, they can only serve one master. So, who is it going to be? The Feds or that guy they used to call the Prince of Peace?

“I would love some comments to generate reason and passion in my attempts.”

Write him.

12:47 pm on June 16, 2008