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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR FLAG HAS STATIC ELECTRICITY 

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.       



HOW ARE FLAGS USED FOR WORSHIP WARFARE

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? Following are several ways flags can be used in worship warfare.  

FLAGS FOR IDENTIFICATION
According to Scripture, Israel's flags (standards, ensigns) existed as identification for the tribes (armies) of God.  "And the children of Israel shall camp every man by his troops and bands and army." (Num 1:52 DRA)  "The children of Israel shall encamp every man by his own standard, with the ensigns of their father's houses." (Num 2:2 ASV)  

Historically, battle flags identified a country and the 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.  "His young men will become subject to forced labor . . . by reason of terror, and his princes will be afraid of the banner of Israel, says the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem." (Is 31:8-9)   "Lord, the God of our fathers, aren't you God in heaven? Aren't you ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in your hand, so that no one is able to withstand you." (2 Chron 20:6 WMB)  

FLAGS OF PRAISE
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.  "Do not be afraid. Neither should you be dismayed by this multitude. For the fight is not yours, but God's. And he (Jehoshaphat) appointed those who should sing to Yahweh, and give praise in holy array, as they went out before the army.  When they began to sing and to praise, Yahweh set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were struck down." (2 Chron 20:15,21-22 CPDB & WEB) 

SWORD OF WAR
There were swords present in many ancient battles.  According to Scripture, in spiritual warfare the sword is the word of God. "Out of his mouth proceeds a sharp, double-edged sword, that with it he should strike the nations." (Rev 19:15 WEB)  "For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow." (Heb 4:12 WEB)  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 like a spiritual sword.  

Although a worship flag can be thought of as a symbolic sword; practically speaking, it doesn't work well to use it like a real sword. Flags are made with lightweight and somewhat delicate fabrics so that they can float and wave.  Actual swords are made of metal that can withstand violent use.  Swords are brandished: Flags are 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 the dance! . . . May the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hand." (Ps 149:3,7 WEB) "Their kings shall be terribly afraid . . . They shall shudder with terror when I brandish my sword before them." (Ez 32:10 ASV)  To keep your flags in top, usable condition, it's best not to try to whip them around like an actual sword.  


HOW TO SHOW PROPER RESPECT

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.

SCRIPTURES:
"Set up a banner on the bare mountain! . . . The Lord of Hosts is mustering the army for the battle. They come from a far country, from the uttermost part of heaven." (Is 13:2,4-5 WMB)  "Who is this King of glory? Yahweh of Armies is the King of glory!" (Ps 24:10 WEB)
 


HOW TO CHOOSE A FLAG SIZE                                                                                                                                                                                     
Thoughts on Worship Flags and Semi-circles with wood rods, and tall Praise Banners.  

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 worship 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 medium worship 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 small or medium flags.  If a dance team will be using the flags and they will be moving close to each other, medium or large worship 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 spacious area in which to dance, the extra large 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; but they need high ceilings with no obstacles hanging down (like sound equipment, lights, and ceiling fans.)  

Sometimes people will 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.  That way you are more likely to be happy with your purchase.


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HOW TO STORE AND DISPLAY WORSHIP FLAGS WITH WOOD RODS: TWO EASY DIY FLAG RACKS

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.