We Raise Our White Flag

I can’t get the newest Chris Tomlin song from Passion out of my mind.  At first, I didn’t care for it.  I don’t know, it just didn’t do anything for me.  But the more I listened to it, the more I liked it.

And now I can’t get it out of my mind.  It’s the chorus – “We raise our white flag, we surrender all to you, all to you” that stays with me.  In history, the white flag equals defeat.  It is cowardice.  It is quitting.  It is giving up.  It is surrendering.  Bravery compels that you keep fighting, even to the last. The brave ones are the ones that fight to the end.  Not surrender. Not wave the white flag.  Not give up.

But I began to think about the notion of sin in my life. The areas I struggle with. The areas that I can’t gain victory and I fight and I fight and I fight.  The areas where I am totally defeated.

And I raise my white flag. I surrender.  All to you.  All to you.

This song has hit me, the only way to victory is to wave that white flag. Admit our defeat.  Admit our weakness and frailty. Wave it.  Give up to God. Surrender.

And when I wave that white flag. When I admit my defeat, I find something that I never find on my own.  Victory.

In raising our white flag to God, we find victory.  The areas of my life where I’m living in defeat are the areas where I have not surrendered and waved the white flag to God. It’s the areas where I think I can do it, where I think I’m sufficient.  Where I’m strong enough.

And in those areas, that’s where I’m defeated.

To win, I must admit defeat. I can’t do it.  I wave my white flag to God. I surrender.  I need Him.  In the areas I am weak, the only path to victory is to wave that white flag and find His grace, victory, and strength.

The only path to victory is surrender.  Total and complete surrender to Him.

We raise our white flag, we surrender all to you, all to you.