It’s June & God’s Promises are Everywhere!

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Genesis 9:13-15 (NIV)

Since President Bill Clinton first declared it in 1999, June has been considered LGBT Pride month. The rainbow flag has been used to symbolize the LGBT community since 1978, when Gilbert Baker, thought to be inspired by the Judy Garland tune ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow,’ created it for the first Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco, California. According to Wikipedia, he created the new symbol to break free of the pink triangle symbol created by the Nazis in WWII to identify homosexuals. This is the published history of the rainbow flag. However, this is not the real reason.

The rainbow flag, much like most everything else today, is nothing more than an attempt to mock and belittle God Almighty. Society took a beloved promise and perverted it. What should be a beautiful reminder of God’s promise to creation now stands for something that He deems an abomination. Using vibrant colors and unique designs, the rainbow is woven into our society for all the wrong reasons. You cannot browse the web or enter almost any store without being hit with a rainbow explosion. This is where I get angry because I absolutely love all the beautiful colors and loud prints. My natural eye always goes to unique, bold fashion. But I cannot enjoy the gorgeous colors and interesting threads because I know what it stands for by worldly standards.

Homosexuality is not new by any means, but this constant agenda pushing has never been as strong. Long gone are the days of just living your life as you choose – now you must put it on display for all to see and dare someone to object. Now there is a fight for ‘equality’ to have proper representation of all people. Unpopular opinion? The fight for equality is a joke. There is no equality. Those who were deemed minorities are now the critical focus. Please don’t misunderstand, I unequivocally believe in TRUE equality, where all people regardless of race, sex, religion or creed, are treated equally. But that simply isn’t the case today. Simply because I believe what the Bible says about gender and homosexuality, I will be labeled a homophobe. Merriam-Webster defines homophobia as ‘irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or gay people.’ Therefore, since I am not afraid of or have an aversion to members of the LGBT community, nor do I want them discriminated against, by definition, I am not a homophobe. I am simply yet another example of society slapping a label on someone because they choose to disagree with their actions.

The point of contention between homosexuality and Christianity is the choice to actively live in sin. The person choosing to participate in a homosexual lifestyle is choosing to sin. It is absolutely no different than any other sin – we just don’t like to admit that. Choosing to have sex before marriage is a sin too, but no one wants to talk about that. Watching pornography is immoral as well, but that’s not on the same level as being gay, right? What about talking about people behind their backs? Lying? Stealing? Galatians 5:19-21 lays out quite a list. “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” We don’t get to pick and choose which sin is worse. Sin is sin and it’s all against God. The issue is that LGBT is mainstream and being pushed at the moment, which has created this false inequivalence.

As Christians, we must be crystal clear in our stance. You can be firm in Biblical principle while loving others. Loving others does not mean accepting and condoning sin. We cannot simply stay silent as to not offend. Silence is compliance and we must not comply to sin of any kind. It also doesn’t mean slapping them across the face with a Bible and damning them to hell. We seem to have a hard time finding the balance between the two. We must remain humble and realize that, as Christians, the only difference between us and anyone else is the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that ALL have sinned. We’re included in that all. We must never turn up our spiritual nose at anyone else’s sin because without God’s saving grace, we’d fare no better than them. We must boldly share truth with the love of Jesus as our guide. We must explain that while we hate the sin, we love the sinner. We must tell anyone living in sin, of any kind, that there is forgiveness and salvation to be found in Him. This is showing the life-saving love of Christ.

This constant demeaning of Christ will only increase as we’re in the last days. Every agenda pushed, every action taken, every conflict started is the work of Satan to create division and drive society away from Christ. Society has fallen so far away from Him, it doesn’t take much for him to accomplish his goal. Please, for the sake of eternity, stand firm in the Lord and His Word. Remember 1 Peter 4:12-14. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”

So the next time you see a rainbow, remember His promise and to whom you belong.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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