What in the world is vexillology?
Granted, it’s not a word you hear every day, is it?
Vexillology is the study of flags.
I read an article this week about flags, and I discovered
that purple is the rarest color on national flags.

If you want your flag to “fit in,” you’ll go with the colors red, white, and blue. These are the most popular
colors on the world’s flags.

Only one national flag in the entire world has claimed purple as its color; and that’s the Caribbean island of Dominica. It features a green background with its national purple bird (the Sisserou parrot) in the center.

I like the fact they’re willing to stand out and to stand alone. Allow me to stretch this truth a bit: Doesn’t the Bible say something about being separated from the world?

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think.

Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.” (Romans 12:2 LB)

We are encouraged to be separated from the world.

“Dear brothers, you are only visitors here. Since your real home is in heaven, I beg you to keep away from the evil pleasures of this world; they are not for you, for they fight against
your very souls.” 
(1 Peter 2:11 LB)

And here’s one to memorize:

“The world would love you if you belonged to it; but you don’t— for I chose you to come out of the world, and so it hates you.” (John 15:19 LB)

This new year, let’s strive to be like Dominica
and stand apart from the world.

Better yet: Let’s commit to being like Jesus
and live separately from the world.

I love you!