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Question 117: About controversial flags

Posted on: July 20, 2015

Question 117: What is the gospel of oneness view on the confederate flag and other controversial flags?
Symbols have been very important to people, organizations, countries, and religions. Flags have been one of the most important symbols, especially national and religious flags. A flag can represent a country and all that it stands for. To disrespect a flag or desecrate it is taken for an insult, even as a personal insult because people have died for their countries and their ideals.
So there is a lot of emotional baggage that comes with flags. But where do the emotions come from? Almost all of them come from our sense of separation from the wholeness of creation. The ego is in the forefront of the defense of flags. You can see this in the recent episodes with the confederate flag. People who want to keep flying the flag are defiant. It has a personal meaning for them that they want to hang onto it. Other people are glad to see the flag taken down and retired to museums or wherever because it represents something negative to them. Since the flag is a visible symbol it is a flashpoint of feelings, negative or positive or somewhere in between.
An interesting case of religion and flags dates back to the Viet Nam war. A Buddhist monk set himself on fire to protest the treatment of the South Vietnamese government against Buddhists. Other monks assisted this ritual suicide, and one of the monks who watched him burn said that he died for the Buddhist flag and I guess he meant for religious freedom. Did he die for a reason that promoted feelings of separation or did he die for the cause of unity and love for all creation?
For the Gospel of Oneness, all symbols and flags that serve to enhance or promote our separation from each other and from Nature are harmful in some way. There is actually a flag that promotes oneness. Look up http://www.universalflag.com. It is a symbol of our interconnections and interdependence. It celebrates love and joy and harmony between all nations and people groups. The nice thing about this symbolic flag is that you don’t have to fight for it, even if someone desecrates it. You just live for oneness and love and don’t get attached to symbols such as flags.

“Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.”—John Wayne
The flag that was the symbol of slavery on the high seas for a long time was not the Confederate battle flag, it was sadly the Stars and Stripes. –Alan Keyes.

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.—James Bryce

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