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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:20 pm 
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Hey Everyone I would love to know if keeping a Uniform inspection, Flag Ceremony, Independence March and other events if it is right to keep it on the Sabbath??? Since events like Inspection, Flag Ceremony doesn't give God glory.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:14 pm 
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That's a very good question. At what point during the week is is appropriate to engage in activities that do not give glory to God?

I am not familiar with an "Independence March", so I will restrain my commentary to Uniform Inspections and Flag Ceremonies.

It is common to conduct uniform inspections on Sabbath because that is when many Pathfinder Clubs wear them. It just makes it easy. Can a uniform inspection bring glory God? Absolutely! The inspection must be an uplifting process, especially with the younger ages of Pathfinders. Inspections should be filled with a lot of what has been done right and a few pointers on what can be improved on. A uniform inspection is a great time to reinforce the principles of cleanliness, readiness, attention to detail, and respect for God in the same way we do not wear wrinkled suits to church. Anyone that makes an inspection something that is not uplifting is doing it wrong.

There is a place for "stressful" and "intense" uniform inspections but that should be reserved for those individuals who have volunteered for those activities such as drill teams or TLTs. Yelling, ripping off patches, focusing on what was done wrong is not appropriate for a Sabbath, club level inspection.

Flag ceremonies are simple. They are an expression in our patriotic feelings and gratitude to our nation for being a place that we can practice religion as we see fit. It's an affirmation of our continued remembrance of those who have given their lives in service to our country, and us by extension. As Christians, we should know the meaning of sacrifice as it is at the core of our belief. Don't take it to an extreme, but posting National Colors along with the Christian Flag should be a normal part of Pathfinder Sabbath activities.

I hope that helps explain it. Please feel free to post any concerns or follow-up questions.

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