According to internet sources such as Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_flag), the "rainbow flag" has been around since the 15th century. The user-fed service even quotes that "according to the Bible, God created the rainbow as a sign to Noah that the world would never be flooded again."
For those of us that have read the account of the flood starting late in Genesis 5, this is exactly what we may believe. And we should. So, why all this hype now about using a rainbow as a symbol of something that the Bible actually condemns?
Over time, variations of a "rainbow flag" have represented several historical events, ideas, and even as it has since 1978 - movements of "diversity" such as "gay pride."
What I find interesting is the diversification in the use of the "rainbow" as a symbol since the 15th century, and not so much the diversity. I am puzzled at times why a movement that is clearly outlined in the Bible as a sinful sexual activity is used to celebrate the movement driven by the sin that is condemned!
Let's look at the rainbow...and the sin described.
“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.” (Genesis 9:12–15, NASB95)
You will see in this passage that God clearly utilized this "rainbow" to make and show a covenant with mankind. It was not for any purpose of a movement - whether a Reformation Movement or a Peace Movement or a Gay Pride Movement. It was a covenant!
Now, you may ask how I can be so straightforward about the sin of "gay pride," and rightly so. One may state that I am being judgmental...but I am not. Look at this verse for a second with me:
“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?” (James 4:12, NASB95)
Interesting verse isn't it? One might say "see there, the Bible tells you not to judge." But, look a little closer. It also says that there is only ONE Lawgiver and Judge. When that Lawgiver and Judge has given judgment on a particular item as sinful, then it is indeed sinful! No way to argue that is there?
So, what about those judgments from God? Where can one find them? Let's look at a few passages together again.
It would take a while to read the entire passages regarding Leviticus 18 and Leviticus 20, but this is where the direct inference comes from. These two verses are evidence of this:
“‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22, NASB95)“‘If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13, NASB95)
Some may say "but that's the Old Testament. We don't live under the Old Law any longer according to Colossians 2:14." Again, this person would be correct. So, let's dig a little deeper.
Consider the following passages at your own speed:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
1 Timothy 1:8-10
and, let's not forget this verse in this tiny book toward the end of the Canon of the Bible:
“just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude 7, NASB95)
Now, if you are reading this particular article and take offense to what has been said, I cannot apologize for posting the inerrant words of the Holy Writ as given by the Holy Spirit. Remember, these are the same words that were written in the same book that tells us to love one another, that we can be free from sin, and that we can have an eternal home in heaven. We cannot do justice to only "taking" part of the Bible and not all of it.
Is homosexuality the worst sin in the world? Certainly not, as sin is not judged by a grade of variation. It is, however, a sin that has been elevated in society as acceptable and tolerant. It is a sin that much like adultery, fornication, bestiality, and other gross sexual perversions will condemn a soul to torment if it remains active and unrepented of.
Paul mentioned in at least two places in the Bible about those that had left their sinful lives in various sins, and homosexuality is listed in those two places. So, I know it is a forgivable sin. I know it is a sin that can be overcome. I know it is a sin that many struggles with, and I hope that if you do, that you accept this approach in love and not in a hateful way. I love your soul and God does too!
Back to the blue skies and rainbows...
So, the first use of the rainbow flag was a sign of the Reformation of the Bible. Interesting. 400 years later, it becomes a sign of something that goes against the Bible. I cannot and will not celebrate something sinful by substituting a covenant between God and man as a symbol of iniquity between God and man. It just does not make sense. If I could say one thing about the "rainbow" and the movement of today...
Put the rainbow back in the blue sky where it belongs! It's not yours...or mine to "take" and make it what we want it to represent.
Friends, again, this article is meant to identify a love for souls and not intolerance. It is meant to hopefully help just one soul see the errors of the ways of homosexuality. It is meant to be a study help for me...and you...and others.
If you would like to study this topic further in sincerity, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org