In a video posted to YouTube last week, Pastor Rit Varriale of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby explained that his church had installed a flag pole so it could hold a “special ceremony” to raise the Christian flag above the American flag.
That ceremony took place on Sunday.
“We hope congregations all across the U.S. will join us on this,” Varriale said. “And prayerfully it will sweep across our country as a message to congregations to reevaluate our priorities. We serve God first.”
“If you already have a flag pole at your campus, go ahead and flip that order around. Start putting the Christian flag above the American flag,” the pastor recommended. “If you don’t have a flagpole — we didn’t have a flagpole — get one, put those flags up there, and demonstrate to everybody that drives by you’re a congregation that’s committed to God first.”
Varriale told the Baptist Press that U.S. flag etiquette was “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 up to the point that the government asks something that is inconsistent with what God has called His people to do,” he opined.