My boss’ “Thank You” card had a beautiful of array of iridescent colors on the front. Since he was not a confessed believer, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use the rainbow as a way to introduce the faithfulness of God’s Word. As he opened the card, he smiled and exclaimed, “The symbol for Gay Pride!”
I must admit, I was not experienced enough to guide the situation to God’s side. All I could manage was a smile and a nod as I left his office. That day, I learned perception can be a formidable opponent in contrast to what I assumed was universally accepted as a biblical symbolism.
Society is moving toward relaxed acceptance of individual reasoning based on private interpretation.
Society is moving toward relaxed acceptance of individual reasoning based on private interpretation. To our shame, we have not been transformed. Rather, our self-formed philosophies have caused general populations of believers to abandon the faith that was once delivered to the saints.
There has also been a change–a slippage–of our intellectual and moral strength. (John F. Kennedy)
It is time to have the hard conversations about LGBQT lifestyles without alienating or disqualifying a person from grace in the process. If we agree that the Bible is our authoritative guideline, by all means, let’s take the subject of homosexuality and all unrighteousness to task.
Why is homosexuality such a “big ticket item” when it comes to God?
God’s Word tells us about sin in general for a plethora of categories and instances. In the Bible, homosexuality has always had a direct correlation to pagan practices and idol worship.
In Romans, the appetite for “strange flesh” is regarded as a residual effect of disobedience and rebellion against God. Paul goes on to explain that when our sensuous nature is unrighteously activated, we are subject to insatiable appetites and passions. Sexual sins like homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, incest, extra- and premarital sex are listed as sins against the body that dishonor God. We are introduced to this in various ways through media, education, and religion (Jude 1:19). With this kind of constant exposure, many of us become desensitized to the stealth attack against God’s definition for husbands, wives, and families.
Perception vs. Reality
The societal perception is “love is love” without gender restriction. Undoubtedly, most of us know of or have a family member that has a gay lifestyle, but that is no reason to back up from what we believe according to the Word. Unfortunately, homophobic rants have directed our attention to behaviors instead of the real issue: God sent His son that we might have rescue from all strongholds of the flesh.
My boss’ perception of the rainbow’s symbolism was based upon what society has accepted. The truth is God has always used symbols or emblems to represent or effectively communicate what His Word does or does not mean. The rainbow is a sign of covenant–period.
Vexillographer Gilbert Baker assembled the Rainbow Flag, used as a symbol of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) movement in 1978. The original colors used of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo, and violet were used to represent: sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic, serenity, and spirit.
Now here is where perception and reality have a head-on collision:
- The rainbow is a sign of covenant between God (He promised to never destroy the earth by water ever again) and Noah as well as every living creature.
- Each time a rainbow appears, it is a sign that God remembers and respects the unconditional agreement he made to Noah.
- The rainbow’s colors have spiritual, biblical meaning relative to the Word of God. The colors scarlet, purple, blue, and white represent iniquity or prosperity, royalty, deity, holiness, righteousness, and dedication to serving the true God. The rainbow is also representative of the glory of God around His throne in heaven.
The rainbow represents the faithfulness of God. Instead of responding to a choice, let us respond to the need and ability for all to have the best life God intended. Let us, as His followers, lead others to Christ without judgment or malice, but rather with love and the Word of God.