This week we will celebrate the 4th of July! That is
our country's birthday. This morning I have a flag. The flag of the
United States of America. As you know, our flag is red, white, and
blue. Have you ever stopped to think what those colors mean?
Red: Red stands for courage. Many men and
women have had the courage to stand up and fight for our country. They
have defended our country against our enemies and many have died in the service
of our country.
White: White stands for purity. Purity
means to do what is right. We hope and pray that our country will always
stand for what is right.
Blue: Blue stands for justice. When we
pledge allegiance to the flag, we end with the words: "With liberty
and justice for all." That means that in our country, everyone should
be treated fairly and with respect.
The colors red, white, and blue remind me of our country, but
those colors also remind me of Jesus.
Red reminds me of Jesus' blood that was shed when he died on
the cross for my sin. That is very important, because the Bible says,
"Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."
White reminds me that when I give my heart to Jesus, he washes
me and I become as "white as snow." (Isaiah
The Bible says, "you
were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord
Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 6:10)
Blue reminds me of God's faithfulness. The Bible tells
us that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just and will forgive us our sins and make us
clean." (1 John 1:9) God is faithful to keep His promises.
Red, white, and blue. Yes, I am reminded of our great
country, but more importantly, I am reminded of our great Savior, Jesus.