It is commonplace now in the Western world to see people sporting rainbows—especially in the month of June, which in 2014 was declared by Barack Obama as LGBT Pride Month. In 2017, the popular Christian satire site The Babylon Bee, joked on June 2 that Google Celebrates Noahic Covenant, by changing the website’s logo “to a rainbow-themed design for 24 hours in honor of God’s promise never to flood the world again”.
While, of course, it was satire—Google is known for it’s far-left ideologies, but the Bee article contained a nugget of truth, as all good satire does. There really is a tragic irony in the choice of a rainbow flag, which is not uncommon in history.
Origin of the Rainbow
In Genesis chapter 6, the Lord “saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5 NASB) and “the earth is filled with violence because of them” (v. 13). God then sent the flood, which “blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth” (Gen. 7:22).
After the flood has subsided, God made a covenant with Noah:
I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” (Gen. 9:11-16)
God, in His wisdom, uses the rainbow as a sign of the covenant that He made with Noah and “every living creature” that was with him—the covenant being that God would never again destroy all flesh with a flood.
Origin of the Pride Flag
As mentioned before, rainbow flags are nothing new, but the colors of the “pride flag” do have meanings, as explained by creator Gilbert Baker in an interview with ABC7 News; “Pink is for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for serenity and purple for the spirit. I like to think of those elements as in every person, everyone shares that.”
So the flag represents—to the LGBT community—solidarity; we’re all human, we’re all worthy of love, we all have a right to live as we please. Such is the nature of the world.
Yet very few are unaware of what God says on the topic of sexual perversion, and Scripture is unequivocally clear on the issue of homosexuality (Lev. 20:13; Rom. 1:26-27). The closing verse of Romans 1 is sharply relevant for our contemporary culture:
although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them (Rom. 1:32 ESV)
So, knowing that those who “practice such things” (Rom. 1:32; cf. vv.26-27) are “worthy of death” they still do such things and approve of it being done.
That is what the “pride rainbow” stands for—the “hearty approval” of those who practice sexual perversion. The use of the rainbow flag to represent LGBT persons is an act of rebellion. The underlying animus towards God and His law may be buried beneath many layers of brokenness, but the public exultation of sin is becoming more and more mainstream.
The Tragic Irony
When the rainbow as a seal of God’s everlasting covenant is juxtaposed with the use of the rainbow as a banner over the LGBT community, a painful picture emerges. On the one side, God is giving humanity a second chance through Noah and his descendants, and on the other the LGBT community waves the rainbow in God’s face, saying we can do whatever we want.
The revelry and glorification of sin is offensive to Christians, and it is offensive to God, but God does call out His own through in the Gospel. Paul Reminds us in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (emphasis mine):
Or 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 effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
I believe God has many whom He will call out of the LGBT community into the light of His glory. So let us pray this month for those trapped in sexual brokenness, that amidst the flamboyance and exultation of sin, the glory of Christ will shine through.
Father, I lift up the LGBT community to you, yearning in my heart that they might see You above all else, that their hearts would be softened and quickened towards you. Embolden and empower your messengers to proclaim the Good News to them, that for Your name’s sake those whom you have called would repent of their sin and turn their lives solely to bring You glory. Amen.