To close the evening service, we sang the song ‘White Flag’. The title and the theme of the song is obvious: surrender. The symbolism of this surrender is waving a white flag. In military terms, the white flag is an internationally recognised protective sign of truce or ceasefire, and a request for negotiation. It is also used to symbolise surrender, since it is often the weaker military party which requests negotiation. A white flag signifies to all that an approaching negotiator is unarmed, with an intent to surrender or a desire to communicate. Persons carrying or waving a white flag are not to be fired upon, nor are they allowed to open fire.
The story behind the song can be viewed here.
When we surrender to God, the defeat which we think is inevitable is actually magnificent, because through it we find a new way illuminated: the path to freedom. Surrender brings us into the place of freedom and victory. The enemy tells us that surrender is not the way forward, but I am convinced that our surrender to God, rather than to ourselves or to the enemy, is the key to breaking free from every chain which would bind us and to living in freedom. As we lift the cross high and take up our cross daily and follow Christ, we find the truth sets us free.