Last week a friend from Arkansas came to visit with her 5 children. The children had never been to the beach so we took a day and traveled to Pensacola, FL. As soon as we got there it started to rain. Not wanting them to miss the opportunity to see the ocean we decided to stick it out. The rain only lasted a few minutes and when it was over we saw a complete double rainbow. It was incredible. One end began on the beach and the other ended in the ocean. Above the brightly colored rainbow was a fainter rainbow. It was the most beautiful gay rainbow I’ve ever seen.
Yes, I meant to say, “gay rainbow”. Scripture tells us that the heart of the righteous studieth to answer, that is they ponder the answer. (Prov. 15:28) In addition, I always tell my children to say what you mean and mean what you say. That is the reason I choose the phrase gay rainbow. Only recently has the word gay been a disgrace. While the younger generation only knows the definition that brings shame, the older generations can recall the word commonly being used as meaning merry, happy or even brightly colored. We are all familiar with the passage in James 2:3 referring to “gay clothing”. But now, you would never hear a Christian describe them self as wearing gay clothing. Here world, take a word with a merry meaning and let the God-haters (Romans 1:24-32) have it. While you’re at it, let’s let the world have the word “marriage”. For there was a time when no one questioned the definition of this word. But now, Christians have to define it as between one man and one woman. How much longer will we be able to hold onto that word? We’ve already let them have the word gay. What about the word rainbow? Ask any child who attends Sunday school to tell you about the rainbow and they will go into a lively story about Noah’s Ark. Two by two God brought the animals onto the ark with Noah and all his family. After the flood, the Lord put a rainbow in the sky as a promise to never again destroy the world with water. (Genesis 9) But, let me submit that there is a little more to the story. According to Genesis chapter 6, God looked upon the wickedness of earth and His heart was grieved therefore He said, “I will destroy man”. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Therefore, God judged the rest of the earth and saved Noah and his family and two of every kind of animal on the ark. Because God is the Creator of all and this is His world He can judge it. Because God is Holy and Just and Righteous, He must judge this world. There are many who struggle with that truth. But, nevertheless, it’s still the truth. Not only did God judge the world, but He will one day judge it again. While the rainbow is a sign in the sky that He will not destroy it with water, scripture teaches us that the earth will one day be destroyed with fire. God will judge this world. Yet now God hating men go around parading in their sins, using symbols like the rainbow to identify themselves as homosexuals. And the Christians stand by and let them. Just like the word “gay”, we will no longer use the rainbow as a symbol because we fear the world. Friends, we should be proud of the rainbow. Christians should use the rainbow as an example of God’s love, mercy, holiness, and judgment. Shame on us for allowing it to be used as a banner of sin and shame on us for allowing the word “gay” to use as an adjective for homosexuality. We’ve just handed it over to Satan and the world like everything else. What will we allow next? What happens when they want to use a dove or the cross as a sign of their debauched lifestyle? Will we turn those words over to them as well? God forbid.
Christians, we need to stand up. There is a war going on all around us, not of flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore I will choose to look at this world through the light of scripture and in it I see the splendor of the gay rainbow.