Yes. On church grounds, inside or out, the Christian flag can be flown above the American during services.
Here is the link to the interview of the pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church.
The following is an excerpt from my book, The Honor Guard Manual.
“Nothing can be above the American flag.” Part II
The only flag that may be flown above or to the right of the American flag is… The Christian flag/pennant.
- American Law: The Bill of Rights, Article 1, The Constitution of the United States: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
- The United States Navy: During the Service of Divine Worship led by the Fleet Chaplain, a triangular Pennant of White with a blue Latin cross is flown at the masthead above the American flag.
- The State of California: Excerpted from Stars, Stripes and Statues, National Flag Foundation, p. 66, item 2. No flag or pennant shall be placed above, or if on the same level, to the right of, the United States flag, except flags flown during church services.
- When the Christian flag is on the floor level, the Christian flag is placed to the right, front, of the congregation and outside of the communion railing.
- When the Christian flag is placed within the chancel, communion railing or choir loft, it is placed to the right side of the altar, of the clergymen, and of the choir as they face the congregation.
- When the Christian flag is displayed with the American flag and/or other flags:
- The American flag and/or other flags may be placed symmetrically on the opposite side of the sanctuary and on the same level as the Christian flag.
- If desired, it is also proper to place the Christian and national flags side-by-side wherever stationed in the church, thus symbolizing both the spiritual and patriotic loyalties of the congregation.
- When the flags are placed side-by-side, the Christian flag is always stationed on the right of all other flags.
- The Christian flag never dips to any other flag. It may properly dip to the altar Cross.
- Use of the Christian flag in other situations:
- Where a Cross is carried in a processional, the Cross leads, followed by the Christian flag.
- In a single-column processional, the Christian flag precedes all other flags.
- In a double-column processional, the Christian flag is on the right.
- When the Christian flag is on the same flagpole with any other flag, the Christian flag receives the top position.
- Where the Christian flag and another flag are on separate poles, the Christian flag is on the right as it faces the street or audience.
- In placing the Christian flag staff in its supporting base, it should be adjusted so that the blue canton and Cross are turned toward the congregation.
- No other symbol or flag should ever be placed above the Cross.
Christian Flag Code information courtesy of: www.steve4u.com/christian/facts.htm