Originally created 01/08/98

Reflects on flags, Christmas parade

Re Ware Smith's objections regarding Confederate flags in the North Augusta Christmas parade (letter, Dec. 13):

The meaning of the flag really goes to perception. Some eloquent and persuasive points have been raised about how this flag represents a proud heritage to some, and slavery to others. In all these points, however, I never saw how any of it relates to Christmas.

What does any battle flag have to do with a child when he was born, and when "Peace on Earth and good will toward all men" was proclaimed by the Lord?

A Christmas parade is a celebration of Christians remembering the birth of our Savior. If you are Christian, you are a follower of Jesus the Christ -- and if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed and children of God. That says we must be brothers and sisters since we all have the same daddy. (If you have been born again, who do you think is your Father?)

What does this have to do with a flag and a parade? Just a couple of things. Paul, the principle writer of the New Testament, said "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." We cannot move forward as long as we continue back. ...

Roderick Grimes, Grovetown


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