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Men and Banners

Posted on 7 March, 2016 by David Stanfield

For many years, the Western church has seen movement and banners as ‘feminine’ or for ‘women only’.

While I believe women have an important role to play in the use of banners in worship, warfare and ministry - it breaks my heart to see so few men participate. When we look at the Bible and even our culture, we see men using banners with enthusiasm. Why should it be any different in the church?

Most of the Bible references to banners imply that men were the leaders when banners were used. In Scripture, if there is a gender associated with the banner holder, the gender is male. The first direct reference to banners in Numbers 1:52 refers to “…each man …under his own standard”. I’m certain women helped in making the first banners in the Bible, but it was the men with whom banners were most often associated.

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In Western culture, we also see men freely using banners. One of the most common places is at the football. Or in the Armed Forces. At yard lots or car sales. At sporting events such as the Olympics. Men marching proud and free, waving banners and flags.

In my opinion, it is the men in our Christian society who have suffered most from lack of freedom in worship. Cultural pressure in western societies - to be restrained and live up to standards of ‘normal’ - seem to impact men the most. And it has also been my experience that those who receive the greatest release and sense of freedom from using banners are men.

The biblical precedent is set - men and banners are powerfully and inextricably linked. Extracted from “Wielding Banners for Worship and Warfare” available as an ebook or paperback›

Posted on 7 March, 2016 by David Stanfield

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Banners in the Bible

Song of Solomon 2:1-5
I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the maidens. Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.

Isaiah 5:25b,26
…Yet for all this, His anger is not turned away, His hand is still upraised. He lifts up a banner for the distant nations, He whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily!

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