“When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:16)
IN June of 2015, the Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, if such a thing were even possible. [Same-sex and marriage are mutually exclusive by definition]
A week later, President Obama showed his overwhelming approval of the ruling by lighting up the White House in rainbow colors. Much of the world celebrated and applauded both the ruling and the bold display of approval in our nation’s capitol.
I’ve often wondered … Why the rainbow? Why was this particular symbol chosen of all symbols to represent the LGBTQ movement? The rainbow flag was first showcased at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978, and has been a cultural icon ever since. But like all things perverse, there is always a truth behind the lie.
Although, the true meaning of the rainbow as God’s covenant sign to mankind may well have been lost in our secular culture, I happen to believe the leading LGBTQ advocates knew exactly what they were doing when they decided to use the rainbow to represent their cause. And I believe it is one of the most defiant, deliberate acts of rebellion in the face of God that our world has ever seen.
First, let us remember what meaning God has ascribed to the rainbow of many colors. Considering God is Creator of the universe, who spoke light into existence, I think He is qualified as having the authority to ascribe meaning and purpose to His creation. After carrying out the greatest, most comprehensive act of divine judgment in the history of mankind – a global flood – God made a covenant with Noah and the rest of mankind. He promised never to destroy the earth again with a flood , and the rainbow became the sign of His promise.
So every time we see a beautiful rainbow in the sky, two things should automatically come to mind. First, we should remember the holiness and righteous judgment of God, who cannot look upon our sin and who will not leave the guilty unpunished, but second we also should remember the great mercy of God who is patient with us and forever faithful to keep His promise .
Now consider the meaning that the advocates of the LGBTQ movement have ascribed to the sign of the rainbow. The rainbow has become the clarion call, the cultural banner, and political icon of sexual freedom. These are people who choose to establish their identity in every kind of sexual perversion and proudly celebrate for all to see.
In short, the rainbow has become the sign of the sexually perverse and immoral. God has clearly established that any and all sexual conduct outside the proper parameters of monogamous marriage between a man and woman is a gross violation of the created order. Anything else is a perversion – a sin before a Holy God.
Even more troubling is that the very same people who fly their rainbow flags and stamp their rainbow stickers to the bumpers of their cars, are making the most defiant statement before the LORD our God. They are in effect saying to God, “we don’t care what the rainbow means to you. It’s ours now and we will do as we will.”
Writing centuries ago, the Apostle Paul provided keen insight to the cultural patterns and social ideologies that would dominate our world. Consider his words.
“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:26-32)
It’s not enough for sexual sin to be a private struggle or even a personal preference anymore. That’s not enough for the LGBTQ movement. In hijacking the rainbow, they also have attempted to become the self-proclaimed voice of authority on sexuality. Not only do they want full cultural acceptance, they also are demanding full moral approval from all parties. All the whille denying God’s righteous decree that resides within every human heart that “those who practice such things deserve to die.”
The world in Noah’s day had to die in their sins because they refused to repent and believe the gospel and the only way of salvation in their generation. Sadly, many more today are in the same danger of God’s judgment as in the days of Noah.
If only these same people only knew that God made a new covenant about 2,000 years ago that provided the only way for any of us to be forgiven of our sin and brought into relationship with God. That covenant is the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, who freely died in our place and was resurrected to give all who believe in Him eternal life. And God provided another symbol as well.
That symbol, of course, is the cross.
The only way we will ever reclaim the rainbow is by proclaiming the cross to a lost and dying world.