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Happy June! Today we’re going to have a quick chat about God’s purpose for the rainbow, and how we can hold firm to what he says instead of what the culture says. This is a touchy subject and I want to be clear that my heart is not to be aggressive or mean; it’s not to hurt people’s feelings. But, I do think as Christians, we have to stand for Biblical truth and unfortunately that often goes against the culture these days.
OUR SYMBOL WAS STOLEN
I want us to remember what the rainbow really stands for because it has been stolen from us – our religious symbol of God’s promise was hijacked. When people see the rainbow they no longer think about God. He has been mocked. This beautiful symbol God gave his people has been mocked and Christians have just let it go. But now It’s time to take it back. I don’t think the best way to do that is to necessarily always argue and talk about everything we’re against. I think we really need to talk about what the rainbow is for.
The rainbow was actually commandeered in the seventies when the LGBTQ movement started to gain some steam. And now because our culture is so divided, many Christians have been silent because they’re afraid of being labeled a bigot, or having their businesses attacked. But right now, we need all hands on deck. We need to start conversations again about these things, and not be afraid to speak the truth of the Bible.
WHAT DOES THE RAINBOW ACTUALLY STAND FOR?
The rainbow is ultimately God’s promise for protection and a covenant with man to never destroy mankind again. His judgment was restrained after flooding the earth and he promised Noah that he would never again wipe out creation like that. It’s an incredible and beautiful symbol because it’s such a picture of the gospel, of God’s mercy for his creation.
Every time we see a rainbow, we are reminded of God’s love and his promises for his people. And we don’t have to be a slave to this world, to the culture that we live in. Christ died to give us new life, an eternal life in heaven with him.
A PICTURE OF THE GOSPEL
So, every time you look at the rainbow, think about the gospel and this beautiful promise…
“Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth… This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 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 9:8-16, ESV
I encourage you this month to be reminded of what the rainbow actually stands for and have courage to share that.
I listened to a podcast by Allie Beth Stuckey recently and she had a guest who had been delivered from the LGBTQ lifestyle after years in Hollywood, completely immersed in the gay lifestyle. He says that he was starting to question things in his mind about how he was living his life. He ended up in a coffee shop and saw some people reading their Bibles. He walked up and asked them what they thought about homosexuality and they told him the truth – that they believed it was a sin. They were honest, but so kind to him. They invited him to church and he ended up going and being saved. But in this interview his advice when it comes to sharing the gospel was to SHARE IT and be honest about what is sin. Kindly of course, but share your beliefs. He said he was so thankful that these people actually told him the truth instead of tiptoeing around it or avoiding it.
Let’s learn from that story. We need to stop censoring ourselves out of fear of the fallout. Don’t be silenced by yourself or anyone else. Speak the truth, but speak it in love. Allow the person you are in private to be the person you are in public, and God will work out the rest, especially if your business is on the line.
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