Saturday, June 7, 2008

An Appeal To Heaven

Many flags were flown during the Revolutionary War. One that stands out to me was flown on cruisers commissioned by General George Washington in 1775. It was a white flag with a green pine tree and the words “An Appeal To Heaven”. Knowing they were fighting the greatest military might at that time, the colonists appealed to God for their fight to secure their independence.

Over 200 years later we still need to appeal to the One who is in heaven. We need to appeal to heaven for our country, our economy, the upcoming elections. Please see my post below concerning a challenge to pray for America every day this month.


appeal to heaven flag

4 comments:

Andrew T. Biddinger said...

An appeal to Heaven...that is as beautiful as it is truthful. We are in this great-big, thick forest and we can't see our way out. All we can do is look up, and work our way out through Jesus Christ.

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David said...

"Appeal to heaven" is a quote lifted from John Locke's Second Treatise of Civil Government, which all the revolutionaries were quite fond of. It's about tyranny, it has absolutely nothing to do with what you just wrote.

Sec. 168. The old question will be asked in this matter of prerogative, But who shall be judge when this power is made a right use of ? 1 answer: between an executive power in being, with such a prerogative, and a legislative that depends upon his will for their convening, there can be no judge on earth; as there can be none between the legislative and the people, should either the executive, or the legislative, when they have got the power in their hands, design, or go about to enslave or destroy them. The people have no other remedy in this, as in all other cases where they have no judge on earth, but to appeal to heaven: for the rulers, in such attempts, exercising a power the people never put into their hands, (who can never be supposed to consent that any body should rule over them for their harm) do that which they have not a right to do. And where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment. And therefore, though the people cannot be judge, so as to have, by the constitution of that society, any superior power, to determine and give effective sentence in the case; yet they have, by a law antecedent and paramount to all positive laws of men, reserved that ultimate determination to themselves which belongs to all mankind, where there lies no appeal on earth, viz. to judge, whether they have just cause to make their appeal to heaven. And this judgment they cannot part with, it being out of a man's power so to submit himself to another, as to give him a liberty to destroy him; God and nature never allowing a man so to abandon himself, as to neglect his own preservation: and since he cannot take away his own life, neither can he give another power to take it. Nor let any one think, this lays a perpetual foundation for disorder; for this operates not, till the inconveniency is so great, that the majority feel it, and are weary of it, and find a necessity to have it amended. But this the executive power, or wise princes, never need come in the danger of: and it is the thing, of all others, they have most need to avoid, as of all others the most perilous.

erik said...

I love the "An Appeal to Heaven" flag. I must fly one at my house. We need this rebellion today, to get us back to our Constitution. Do you know where to obtain the flag that is portrayed in the movie, which is accurate?
If you look closely, the one portrayed in the movie John Adams; the letters are on the bottom of the flag and the branches are pointed up to heaven. All of the flags offered on the internet, the words are written on top. An error in the manufacturers?

Anita said...

You can buy almost every flag in existence (!) and at reasonable prices too, at

http://www.patriotic-flags.com