I’m sure by now everyone has heard of the horrible attack on a night club in Florida, in which many people were killed or injured by a single attacker. I doubt I need to go over the details, as they have been flying across the internet like wildfire, and for me to do so would be to simply rehash what is already known, but really that isn’t what this post is about.
As is typical after a tragedy such as this there are many people coming out in support of the victims. Prayers are said for those whose lives are lost as for those still in recovery. Blood is being donated, undoubtedly by the gallon and no doubt crowdfunding accounts are being set up as we speak to help those in financial need. To all this I say GOOD. It is done rightly so, regardless of the race, color or orientation of the victims. Christians, especially, should be the first to reach a hand out to help those in need, and that certainly seems to be the case. Though we despise the sin, we love the sinner and do what we can to plant the seed of Christ in them.
A disturbing trend, however, has been Christians posting or using the ‘rainbow flag’ in their online profiles and Facebook posts. This begs the question, should Christians be flying this ‘rainbow flag’?
To start, let us look at the origin of the rainbow and what it means to us as Christians. Turning to our bibles we find the following:
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
According to the bible God created the rainbow as a reminder of His covenant promise to never again flood the earth in the manner which He did in Noah’s time. We, as Christians, accept this and marvel when we see the rainbow, being reminded that God is merciful and loves us.
Unfortunately the gay community has taken the rainbow and transformed it into a symbol of, well, I don’t know what. They place the word ‘Pride’ over it, but I don’t see how the rainbow conveys a sense of pride. Perhaps ‘acceptance’ is more suitable, and was probably the original meaning. All the colors of the rainbow, in unison together, representing acceptance and unity of all peoples, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, color, religion or creed. Well, unless you happen to be white. Or Christian. Or straight.
Personally I don’t see how any Christian can, even in support of this tragedy, fly or represent the rainbow flag. First of all, the rainbow is not ours to ‘translate’ or to change. It is a gift from God himself and we should hold it as such. The cross, however, is not something God gave to us, personally. The blood of His son upon the cross is the gift, the cross is simply the means by which the blood was delivered. Christians observe the cross as a holy symbol, yet, what is it but two pieces of wood tied together? By comparison the rainbow was hand-made by Yaweh Himself, the cross merely a delivery method! Who are we to attribute it to something other than its intended purpose? I am, by no means saying that the cross should be shunned, but take away the cross and kill Christ by another method and it changes little. It’s the blood of Christ that has redeeming power, not the wood of the cross. Yet I have little doubt that if the gay community usurped the cross most Christians would be up in arms over it.
Secondly, to fly the rainbow flag is to show support of a lifestyle, not a people in tragedy. Those who died and are injured are Americans. Many are/were gay, but the last time I checked the gays do not have their own country, they are still Americans. The rainbow flag is a symbol of the homosexual lifestyle, which Christians should despise. Why? Because it’s a lifestyle that is damaging to the human body AND soul, and guarantees eternal separation from God:
1 Corinthians 6:
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
It is the desire of God and Christians that none should perish, and it seems particularly tragic that so many should when the gift of eternal life is free to those who repent and believe. As Christians THIS is what we hate. That’s like dumping your best friend because he got cancer and you hate “cancer people”. No. You still love your friend, but you hate what the disease does to them. Destroying them from the inside out. Sin, ALL SIN, does the same thing, and we hate it. Yes, yes, I know there are some people who claim they are Christians (looking at you, Westboro) and actually DO hate people, but if these people are Christians they have so missed the point of Christ. Personally I would say they are, in fact, NOT Christians, as a Christian means being “Christ-like”, and I don’t ever recall Jesus being so horrible and hostile toward those He worked toward saving.
No matter how you feel, as Christians let us continue to use love and compassion as the delivery method for the word of God. Let us continue to pray for those in need, but let us also guard our hearts against the wiles of the devil, who will certainly use modern day culture to assault us, and who has been corrupting the truth of Christ since the beginning.