Fly the Banner

By John Grant

“Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”  Exodus 17: 15-18

Have you noticed? It is that season of the year. As you drive through your neighborhood, have you noticed all the banners that have mysteriously appeared.

As you overhear people talk, have you noticed how you hear phrases like, “Roll Tide,� “War Eagle,� “Go Gators?� And the list goes on. People are humming songs like “Rocky Top,� and showing pictures of an ugly bulldog named “Uga.� Have you noticed the sudden display of flags flying from cars?

There’s even one tribe that chants an unintelligible chant while pointing all five  fingers towards heaven while the flex their elbow as if they are in a sixty minute physical therapy session.

Have you ever wondered why people, many of whom haven’t set foot on their college campus for years, all of a sudden are identifying with their alma mater, now that teams are on the gridiron?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a good athletic rivalry and am proud to identify with my school. But, as I see all the sudden annual rush to collegiate display, just what matters most… the college one attended forty years ago or the church they attended last week.

We read in the Book of Exodus how Moses built an alter and referred to it as the Lord’s banner. He wanted all to know the goodness of the Lord and his allegiance to him.

How about you and me? How about the body of Christ? What if people were as fervent in flying the Christian banner as they are the banner of their alma mater? Can you imagine the flags, bumper stickers, front yard flags and banners hanging from rooftops? What a display that would be and what a testimony to the Christian faith.

Are you as excited about the Lord as you are about your alma mater’s ball team? Are you willing to display it? Grab a trumpet, start a parade, shout it from the housetops that Jesus is Lord over all.
(a thought on life from John Grant )

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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney. He is an active writer and frequent speaker.  He can be reached by e-mail at

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