Brunson: To pledge allegiance to the flag is not dishonoring to Christ

Mac Brunson, left, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, talks with Executive Editor Kevin Bumgarner about how war has affected different generations differently.Here’s the last excerpt from my conversation with Dr. Mac Brunson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, ahead of the story scheduled to publish in our January 2017 print edition.

During our interview, I made this statement about war and how it is waged differently today.

“For your generation war was a total country sacrifice,” I said to Dr. Brunson during a wide-ranging interview in his office in late November. “If your dad wasn’t fighting, then your mom was making planes or munitions. There were bonds that we were buying. There were rations of things that we needed for the war effort. To your point, for this generation it seems as if our military has been at war.”

His response: “Yes, there’s a detachment there. There really is. It’s odd, and I think [millennials] just miss how serious we should take our freedom. You know, to stand in the service and to pledge allegiance to the flag is not [dishonoring] to Jesus Christ.

“But it is, Jesus, we have this only because of you. Thank you for it. I think God has almost inserted into nations a time limit to where they are going to wind out and down. You see the unraveling of the western civilization right now. We’re watching it.”

An edited version of our full conversation will appear in our January 2017 print edition as the debut of a feature we are calling Behind the Pulpit. Through it, we will talk with some of the most influential pastors and Florida Baptist leaders on the hot-button topics of the day.

Kevin Bumgarner is executive editor of the Florida Baptist Witness, the official news source of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

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