The Christian Flag! behold it, And hail it with a song, And let the voice of millions The joyful strain prolong, To every clime and nation, We send it forth today; God speed its glorious mission, With earnest hearts we pray.
The Christian Flag! behold it, And hail it with a song, And let the voice of millions The joyful strain prolong.
The Christian Flag! unfurl it, That all the world may see The bloodstained cross of Jesus, Who died to make us free. The Christian Flag! unfurl it, And o’er and o’er again, Oh! may it bear the message, “Good will and peace to men.”
The Christian Flag! God bless it! Now throw it to the breeze, And may it wave triumphant O’er land and distant seas, Till all the wide creation Upon its folds shall gaze, And all the world united, Our loving Savior praise.
Hold up the banner of the Lord, And let it ne’er be taken; Sound forth the message of His Word To all of hope forsaken. Hold up the banner where He leads, Nor once forget the world’s great needs; To grander faith awaken.
Hold up the cross of Christ the Lord, Before the lost and dying; Tell them to look, e’er point them t’ward Him, Who Himself denying, Gave His great life from love of us, And suffered on the cruel cross, To cure all sin and sighing.
Hold up the Word of Christ the Lord, The Word of consolation; Glad news of peace—once lost—restored; Of help in each temptation. Hence let the light shine far away, That all who in deep error stray, From sin may find salvation.
Go on, true children of the Lord, From grace to grace go onward; God’s host will constant help afford, Our Captain’s word is “forward.” Never to sloth or fear give way, In work and prayer, each golden day, Go onward, forward, heav’nward.
Now be the Gospel banner In every land unfurled, And be the shout, Hosanna! Re-echoed through the world; Till every isle and nation, Till every tribe and tongue, Receive the great salvation, And join the happy throng.
What though the embattled legions, Of earth and hell combine, His arm throughout their regions Shall soon resplendent shine; Ride on, O Lord, victorious, Immanuel, Prince of Peace, Thy triumph shall be glorious, Thy empire still increase.
Yes, Thou shalt reign forever, O Jesus, King of kings, Thy light, Thy love, Thy favor, Each ransomed captive sings; The isles for Thee are waiting, The deserts learn Thy praise; The hills and valleys greeting, The song responsive raise.