|Pledge to the Christian Flag
The story is told that the Christian Flag came to us strictly by accident. On September 26, 1897, a Sunday School Rally was being held at Brighton Chapel on Coney Island, New York. The featured speaker for some reason failed to show. So Superintendent Charles C. Overton mustered his courage and took the stage. There at the pulpit was an American Flag. He spoke of the symbolism behind the colors. He talked of the armies that had marched behind it to secure our independence and guarantee our freedom of worship. And as he gazed at it, a thought began to grow. He thought of the apostle Paul writting about putting on the whole armor of God. He may even have thought of that wonderful old hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers". As Christians we would need a flag to lead us into battle against our earthly temptations. On a Christian Flag there would be a field of white to symbolize the purity and innocence of the Lamb. And in the upper corner, a patch of blue suggesting the faithfulness and sincerity of our Saviour, obedient even unto death. And centered in the patch of blue, a cross of red -- His blood spilled to cover our sins and promising eternal life. The following Sunday saw the presentation by its originator of the flag as it still appears today. Call it chance, or providence, or the plan of God, on that day, the Christian Flag was born and remains unchanged over 100 years later.Since the speech was not planned, it has been lost to history. Some color information was provided by the First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama - established in 1808. The rest is merely what Bro. Ernest hopes was said.
I pledge allegiance to the Christian FlagAnd to the Savior,For whose Kingdom it stands,one brotherhood uniting all mankindin service and love.
You may have a version of the pledge slightly different from this. The pledge shown above was the first. It was written by Methodist pastor Lynn Harold Hough in 1908. Two other versions change the last line to:
- "one brotherhood, uniting all true Christians in service and in love."
- "One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe."