Thursday, July 23, 2015

THE RAINBOW and the LGBT

I once again find myself on the outside looking in.

Someday, I may be able to join the mainstream of things and actually fit into something the crowd is doing. (But, don't hold your breath.)

Be that as it may, I can no longer sit silently by while the Body of Christ once again reveals its total immaturity, going off half-cocked in an insanely meaningless tirade against something the unbelieving world probably finds laughable.

Thankfully, as with most things these days, the furor over the LGBT co-opting the rainbow has died down as the Christian segment of the perpetually offended has moved on to the latest insult du jour.

After the Supreme Court ruling that supposedly legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states, celebrations by members of the LGBT and their supporters rivaled that of the ending of WW2—at least according to the media.

One aspect of the celebration was the application of the colors of Gay Pride super-imposed on many avatars on Facebook. This caused a shift in the position of the soapbox for many.

Until that fateful Friday of June 26, 2015, Christians were up in arms about the possibility of the Supreme Court "ruling against God." Then when the celebrations began, they were upset about the rainbow being co-opted from its sacred place into a disgusting space.

I sat mesmerized by the whole thing, or to use an old Middle-English term, I sat "astonied." (Yes, it is similar to being stoned; but not by hallucinogens.)

I am seriously beginning to believe that the Bible I read is not the same as the one most other Christians read, for mine says, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32). However, if I am to gauge by the actions of other believers, I would assume that their bible reads something like, "If you point out the sin that makes you mad, the world will understand that they are sinners."
"What will really save the lost world? Let me tell you: none of our complaints against it." - Jared Wilson  (tweet this)
Why the uproar over a symbol, especially one that has been co-opted for centuries for a multitude of reasons by a multitude of people?

Aside from the commercialization of the rainbow for monetary purposes, the rainbow was taken in modern times back in 1970 by what has become the annual gathering of the perennial hippies known as the Rainbow People—aka Rainbow Family, aka Rainbow Gathering.

As far as I can recall, there has never been an uproar from Christians over the rainbow being used to symbolize peace, pot, and party.

Then, in 1978, the rainbow was used in a design by an artist after a call for a unifying symbol for the cause. Again, we have had this symbol flying in our faces for for almost four decades, and we are just now saying something about it?

In the same spirit and fashion as the "Keep Christ in Christmas" crowd, little to nothing is accomplished by the brandishing of Peter's sword (John 18:10), except to render those attacked with the inability to hear.

I'm fairly certain that, like Elijah, I am not the only one who sees this (1 Kings 19:14-18). Sometimes, however, one cannot help but feel alone due to the overwhelming evidence of the senses.

It is time for the true followers of Jesus to wake up and realize that we are in a battle, a spiritual battle that is after the hearts, minds, and souls of men, women, and children. Our energies are being depleted as the devil has us running around trying to put out every little fire that is ignited on a different front.

In our rush to quell the latest assault on the sensibilities of a moral people, we have been successfully out-maneuvered, out-flanked, and apparently surrounded. We have not tended to the reality of waging a war, but have given ourselves to trying to shoot in the dark at an unnamed enemy.

From all outward appearances, it would appear that Paul had it wrong when he said that "we are not ignorant of his (Satan's) devices" (2 Cor. 2:11).

This is a spiritual war, and the weapons needed are not those granted a free society—speech and assembly—though those have a place. It is just that we have elevated those to primary position. They are inferior weapons against a superior foe.

Our weapons are spiritual and powerful (2 Cor. 10:4), but only if you have prepared yourself as stated in this passage (2 Cor. 10:3-6)—

  • cast down imaginations
  • cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God
  • bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ
These are things that we are to do in our own lives before we can expect others to notice our walk with the Lord. Yet, in listening to the conversation of many Christians, I hear a lot of imaginings about many things—hardly ever about the Word of God.

The quoting of this verse is much like the one that is quoted from 2 Chronicles 7:14—only a part of it is mentioned. The part that puts the onus on the believer is left out.

In the first instance, it is the quoting of the "weapons of our warfare" part, while leaving out the three things we are to do that makes the weapons powerful.

In the second instance, it is the quoting of the "if my people will...pray" part, while ignoring the "turn from their (believers; emphasis added) wicked ways" part.

As the gospel song says, "You can't stand on the promises, if you don't know what they are." We cannot stand on promises that require a proving before the provision, if we do not enter fully into the obedience called for (James 1:22).

God is looking for a people who will make it their ambition—their chief aim in life—to please Him in all things, to have a heart that is perfect towards Him, pressing forward into ALL that the Lord has offered to those who overcome.
(2 Chron. 16:9; Heb. 11:6: Eph. 5:10; Phil. 3:13-14; Rev. 17:14)

SIDE NOTE—I began this article with sarcasm, coming from a disheartened place. However, there is comedy attached to the LGBT rainbow and the Christian's taking offense over it.

The LGBT rainbow has only six colors.
God's rainbow has seven.
You're welcome.

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2 comments:

  1. How appropriate! Six the number of man, seven God's number of divine completion. The enemy of our souls deceives and flaunts it. Correlate that with the actions of the ones flying the six colored rainbow. Interesting note. Our energy must remain in lifting up Jesus, not bringing down, not destroying, not judging with intent to harm. That action fits the enemy not the believer. We are to love, build up our neighbor and lift up Jesus Christ. Love this post.



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    1. Thank you for adding to the thoughts with the meaning of the numbers. Good insight.

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