“Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.”
When God gave Moses the direction to arrange the Israelites, He arranged them by their “father’s house.” God goes further to establish His desire for their camp arrangement by saying they “shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house.” God didn’t just want them to stay by their heritage, but He wanted them to fly their flag and hold up their ensign so that all would know who they were and what they believed.
Flying a flag is always a sign of who you identify with, and that you are still in the fight to defend what your flag stands for. I am reminded of the men in Iwo Jima who fought against the Japanese army. The Japanese army didn’t fire one shot during the first hour that our troops hit the soil of the small island of Iwo Jima. After thousands of our troops had hit the soil, the Japanese army opened fire and slaughtered thousands of our troops. However, there was a group of six men who didn’t let this stop them from fighting for our flag. They fought as they progressed up the mountain until they got to the top and planted the American flag. The planting of that flag let the Japanese army know that the American spirit was not dead and that we planned on winning that battle. Though that flag had bullet holes in it, it was a sign of encouragement to the rest of the troops that led us to win this vital battle.
My friend, it is time that you fly your flag of who you are as a believer. Too many believers are trying to hide their flag as independent Baptists, or they are trying to get as far away from it as they can because they don’t like its “stigma.” Let me clearly state that there is nothing wrong with being an independent Baptist, and I want all to realize that I am not afraid to be fixed by this flag. There are a few things that it means when you are willing to fly your flag.
First, it means you embrace your history. No, the men before those who were to pitch by their standard were not perfect, but they gave them what they had. Nobody has ever said that those in the past were perfect, but they certainly have given us a great heritage that should never be forgotten. Instead of attacking and belittling the men who gave you your heritage, you should be thankful that they were willing to give it to you. If you are embarrassed about your heritage of the old paths, you will soon find yourself living in the camp of compromise.
Second, flying your flag means you are not going to change it. When these men flew their flag and fixed themselves by their ensign, they were saying that they had no intention of trying to rewrite what it means. There is no need to change what has been given to us; rather, we need to carry our flag high and understand that our flag has always stood for right and for reaching lost souls through soul winning.
Third, flying your flag means you are going to teach the next generation what it stands for. You can mark my words; those who are embarrassed about the heritage of our flag are those who will have children who will want to burn our flag. My friend, the flag of the King James Bible means something. It means that you are no doubt an independent Baptist, and your children need to know that there is no shame in flying it high, and to carry it and its meaning on to future generations.