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History of the Christian Flag
The Christian Flag is an important emblem in the United States of America. It consists of a white background with a dark blue canton. The canton takes up half of the total height of the flag, and houses a bright red, Latin or Christian cross. The red color represents Jesus' blood.
The simplicity of the flag's design is aimed at reminding Christians of all denominations that they worship the same Son of God. The flag was first made in 1897.
The flag was adopted by the then Federal Council of Churches in 1942, during the 2nd World War. This Council merged with other religious bodies in 1950 to form the present day National Council of Churches. These attempts to unify different church traditions is exactly what the Christian Flag represents.
The Christian Flag is a symbol of the ecumenical movement. Ecumenism is itself a tradition which aims to bring together Christian denominations with different practices and interpretations of the Holy Bible. It respects each tradition without attempting to re unite previous splits in the Church, such as that between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism.
When the Federal Council of Churches (FCC) formed in 1908 in Philadelphia, it represented 32 denominations of Christian worship. These included variants of the Baptist, Episcopal, Evangelical, Methodist, and Presbyterian traditions. The Council grew in popularity and expanded into New York City, Washington DC and Chicago.
The FCC grew out of a growing concern about the rapid processes of industrialization in the USA. Many Christian churches had parishioners who were suffering great hardship, and denominations of all kinds wanted to do something positive to help them.
Different communities, including African American and different ethnic groups, were and are often represented by one particular tradition. During the early 20th Century especially, many of these realized they would have more strength by uniting in the ecumenical spirit. This is how the FCC became such a success so quickly.
With its growth, the FCC's Christian groups under the Christian Flag expanded their campaigning operations. The 2nd World War itself saw the FCC come under attack. It supported the rights of Conscientious Objectors, citing Jesus' own pacifism.
The modern National Council of Churches, or NCC, represents 38 different Christian denominations. Although it has its own, modern emblem, it used the Christian Flag in its early days. The NCC inherited the FCC's campaigning spirit and was heavily involved in opposition to the USA's involvement in the Vietnam War. The Draft in particular brought the NCC to public attention. As African American communities were particularly affected, their churches demanded action from the NCC.
The Christian Flag is free to use, meaning it carries no copyright restrictions. A hymn entitled "The Christian Flag" was written to celebrate it by the famous hymn writer Fanny J. Crosby. Again, this is free for anyone to use. The Christian Flag is by nature and design a symbol of unity over division, and a call for cooperation across Christianity and society as a whole.