The Cross and the Confederate Flag

Russell Moore | June 22, 2015

Editors’ Note: Later today, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is expected to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds. Because of this news and the recent controversy related to the flag in the wake of the shootings in Charleston, we’ve decided to republish this article by TGC Council member Russell Moore. This article originally appeared on Moore’s personal blog

This week the nation reels over the murder of praying Christians in an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. At the same time, one of the issues hurting many is the Confederate Battle Flag flying at full-mast from the South Carolina Capitol grounds even in the aftermath of this racist act of violence on innocent people. This raises the question of what we as Christians ought to think about the Confederate Battle Flag, given the fact that many of us are from the South.

The flag of my home state of Mississippi contains the Confederate Battle Flag as part of it, and I’m deeply conflicted about that. The flag represents home for me. I love Christ, church, and family more than Mississippi, but that’s about it. Even so, that battle flag makes me wince—even though I’m the descendant of Confederate veterans.

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