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North Carolina Pastor Wants Flag to Fly Above the American Flag

As debates have gone from the Confederate flag to the American flag, North Carolina pastor Rit Varriale is encouraging churches to fly the Christian flag above the American flag. This is meant to show that churches serve God before government. Varriale, a senior pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina, said that the church installed a flagpole in order to raise the two flags after Sunday morning worship. The Christian flag is to be raised in the higher position, a reversal of flag etiquette that calls for the American flag to be always at the top.

He stated that the purpose is to serve as a “symbol that we’ll serve God before we serve government, especially a government that tries to coerce us to violate our commitments to God. That’s the stand that we have to take as Christians.” Varriale added “We hope congregations all across the U.S. will join us on this. Prayer-fully, it will sweep across our country as a message to congregations to reevaluate our priorities. We serve God first. If you already have flagpole on your campus, go ahead and flip that order around." Varriale also argued “If you stop and think about it, (flag etiquette) is inconsistent with what the Bible teaches us. We are first and foremost Christians who are called to serve the living God. So from a Christian perspective, our flag etiquette is completely improper.

We should be flying the Christian flag above the American flag” as a demonstration that Christians will respect and obey the federal government only insofar as the government does not ask something inconsistent with what God has called His people to do." Varriale appeared on "Fox and Friends," and stated that American culture has been moving away from traditional Christian values for a while. In addition, he said that the clash of religious rights with minority and individual rights, particularly in the LGBT agenda and a number of lawsuits against Christian businesses should make Christians ask where they went wrong. He then stated that LGBT leaders are winning based on their commitment to their beliefs.

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