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Sometimes you will find your flags clinging because of static electricity.  Silk and polysilk are especially vulnerable during cold, dry weather.  We have found it safe to spray the flags with the product, Static Guard.  We've even used Static Guard on the hand painted Praise Banners without a problem.  The flags should not be saturated with the spray, which would be unnecessary; just a light spray standing a few feet from the flag will work.       


There are a variety of effects that flags bring to worship.  One is as weapons of war.  How is a flag used in worship warfare? What real effect can it have in spiritual battle? How is it a weapon?  Are flags symbolic swords? 

According to Scripture, Israel's flags (standards) were given for identification of the armies (tribes) of God.  "The sons of Israel shall camp, each by his own camp, and each man by his own standard, according to their armies." "Each tribe of Israel shall have a separate camping area with its own flag." (Num 1:52 NASB TLB)

Historically, battle flags in general identified the country and ruler of its army.  If the country and king had a reputation for being powerful, just the sight of the flags approaching for battle instilled fear in their enemies.  Once the enemy was weakened, he was vulnerable to defeat.  In this way, the flag was a "weapon" that destroyed resistance.  This principle can apply to spiritual warfare: God's enemies tremble when they see the flags of his armies.  "Even their generals will quake with terror and flee when they see the battle flag of Israel, says the Lord."  "'Their stronghold will fall because of terror; at the sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic', declares the Lord." (Is 31:9 TLB, NIV)  "O Lord . . . are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You." (2 Chron 20:6 NASB)

Flags are brought into battle on the front lines.  When they are used as instruments of worship and praise, it is like Jehoshaphat's army where those who praised the Lord went out first in the battle.  God caused Israel's enemies to be defeated with only that one act.  Not with the sword, but with words and actions of praise the enemy was overthrown. "You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem." "As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon, and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated."  (2 Chron 20:1-23 NASB, vs 22 NIV)  This is another way in which a flag can be used for warfare.

There were swords present in most ancient battles, of course.  According to Scripture, in spiritual warfare the sword is the word of God.  "From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations."  "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow."  (Rev 19:15 NASB, Heb 4:12 NIV)  If your flag conveys a Scripture or its design and/or colors symbolize the Word of the Lord, in that way it could be considered a weapon of war and a spiritual sword.  

A flag's natural composition indicates it isn't made for aggressive, violent use.  Flags are made with lightweight and somewhat delicate fabrics so that they can float and wave.  Even the strongest of flag fabrics, nylon and parachute fabric, will fray with aggressive action.  All flags will fray quickly when whipped or snapped forcefully. Real swords are made of steel or other metal that withstands violent use.  Swords are brandished according to Scripture; flags are displayed and waved.  Definitions for wave imply smooth or continuous motion and graceful movement; whereas, brandish implies an aggressive manner as with a weapon or whip. "Let them praise his name in dance . . . brandish their swords in the wild sword-dance."  Although a flag could be thought of as a symbolic sword, practically speaking, it doesn't work well to use it like a real sword.   


Countries have rules for treating their flags with respect.  There are federal laws relating to the use of the United States flag (United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 - The Flag).  Some of those rules can be appropriately applied to the use of flags that represent the King of kings and his kingdom. For example~
"No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America."
"The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise."
"The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way."
"The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.  Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart."
"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

All of the rules for the U.S. flag may not apply to worship flags, but we can learn from them.  If it is proper protocol for earthly national flags to be treated respectfully, then similar and even greater respect is due to the flags of the Lord of heaven's armies.*

*  Psalm 24:10 TLB  "Who is this King of Glory?  The Commander of all of heaven's armies!"  Isaiah 13:4-5 The Message  "God-of-the-Angel-Armies is calling his army into battle formation.  They come from far-off countries, they pour in across the horizon."


Proper size of flags will probably have more to do with the size of the worship space rather than the size of the worshiper. Some shorter people prefer very large flags and tall people can prefer small flags. Even small children have had no problem using the tall flags on eight-foot poles. [But young children do find the extra large rectangular flags to be awkward.]

It's generally better for 3 yr. to 8 yr. old children (or according to the child's height and strength) to use the small and s/m rectangular flags, and small semi-circle flags. Adults can use any size flag they find comfortable as long as it will fit in the space available. For some small apartments and very small church spaces, it might be best to choose the S/M flags. If it's a dance team using the flags, and they will be moving close to each other, M/L rectangular flags work very well. They are large enough to be showy from a distance, but compact enough to allow dancers to remain close together. If the team has a spaceous area in which to dance, the XLg size worship flags might be preferred.  The tall flags (Praise Banners on 8 ft. poles) rise above everyone's head so they fit in small areas too; but they need high ceilings with no obstacles hanging down (like sound equipment, lights, and ceiling fans.) Sometimes people simply look more appropriate using flags in proportion to their bodies. A small flag in the hand of a six foot person can become lost; whereas, an extra large flag would look more suitable.

We strongly suggest if you are not certain about the size you're thinking of buying, that you use a yardstick to lay out the measurements and get a good picture of the flag's size before you order. We want you to be perfectly happy with your purchase.

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Rectangular flags that are kept rolled around their rods for long periods of time tend to retain creases in the fabric that will wear through faster than necessary. We find that these flags are ideally stored hanging. There are two types of flag racks we know of that are fairly inexpensive and easy to assemble. They work very well - and you can make them yourself.

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The first type stands on the floor and requires two ordinary clothes racks that can be purchased from stores that carry household items. It's important to find the kind where the height can be adjusted. The two racks stand parallel to each other and two metal rods, 3/8" X 40" (measurements don't need to be exact), are attached to the corners of the racks using black electrical tape. This makes a rectangular frame on which the flag rods can rest. (See pictures.) This rack requires the flags to be the same size. Extra large (32" X 38") flags fit perfectly (shown); and if one metal rod is moved inward, large (26" X 30") flags can fit. But all the flags, whatever the size, must have the same rod lengths. Metal rods can be purchased and cut to size at a hardware store. The rack shown in the pictures is being used in a church to service an expressive worship team.

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The second type of flag rack hangs from a dropped ceiling in this case. The plan can be adjusted to fit other types of ceilings. Four lengths of bendable wire are hung from the metal partitions in the ceiling, one for each end of two 3/8" X 36" wood dowel rods. Just wrap the wires around the rods a few inches from the ends and hang them from the ceiling parallel to each other. Space the dowel rods far enough apart so that the flags can rest cap end on one dowel rod and handle resting on the parallel dowel rod. (The picture shows unfinished flags; but finished flags will hang in the same way.) This rack also requires that all the flags be nearly the same size; but any size flag can be accommodated by simply moving one of the dowel rods closer or farther away from the other. Multiple racks of this type would be needed to hold groups of same-sized flags.