In the name of one thing, they hang a banner declaring the character of God, his BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, PATIENT LOVE.
The problem with society’s use of the Rainbow today is the ironic REAL DECLARATION they unknowingly make.
If you fly the flag, you preach the Bible to all God’s faithful people. You are reminding us to pray for you, and hope for you, and to hope for us all.
“And God said, “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.” [biblegateway passage=”Gen 9:12-13″]
The Rainbow is a Promise that He Will Be Patient with Us.
Even when society becomes as those in the days of Noah, [biblegateway passage=”Matthew 24:36-41″ display=”as Christ warned”], where “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time” [biblegateway passage=”Gen 6:5″]–even then, God will be patient. As Saint Peter said:
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” [biblegateway passage=”2 Peter 3:9″ display=”2 Peter 3:9″]
With every use of these beautiful colors, the LGBT community is reminding the rest of us that God is patient and loving, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. You say nothing else.
Patience Means Waiting for Change.
Use the flag, dear friends, declare your hatred of [biblegateway passage=”Romans 3:10-12″ display=”him-whom-you-do-not-know”], because it makes us love you even more. It makes us care even more to tell you what the Rainbow really means for you.
He’s giving you a chance.
He’s giving you time.
But don’t waste your time, don’t waste this chance.
The Rainbow Belongs to the Covenant Community
It belongs to those whose names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life. It always has. It’s his Rainbow we will see for eternity, around the [biblegateway passage=”Revelation 4″ display=”Throne in Heaven”].
You have rightly taken it, for in it, the beautiful sovereign God has given his people another reminder. A banner of hope. He will not yet sweep his punishment on this world. Not until the last preChristian repents, as Peter shows. Your flag is a modern-day miracle for us. From God. To remind us.
Use the Flag
Use the flag. And know, you declare with those lovely colors “GOD IS PATIENT WITH ME. GOD GIVES ME LIFE. GOD IS GIVING ME TIME TO REPENT.”
Use the flag. But with each flutter, remember your moments are ticking down. You are mortal and have the wonderfully long but painfully short life to figure this Rainbow out.
The first half of the Rainbow promise was that God would not flood the earth again. Peter continues with the second half of the Rainbow promise:
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation. [biblegateway passage=”2 Peter 3:10-15″]
What Kind of People Ought We to Be?
We all have these desires waging war in us to do this thing or that. These desires all feel natural. But natural does not by nature mean good.
One sin is not worse than any other. What matters is that we see it as sin. Jesus loved sinners, but not the sin. He called sin sin, and even turned away those who [biblegateway passage=”Mark 10:17-27″ display=”had eager hearts”] but were not willing to let go of the smallest of sins.
“Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” [biblegateway passage=”Matthew 7:21″]
Look at the things on this list. Nobody is exempt:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor IDOLATERS, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the GREEDY, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. [biblegateway passage=”1 Corinthians 6″]
We are all greedy, holding on to our “PRECIOUS” like Gollum. We are all idolaters, worshipping ourselves narcissistically rather than worshipping God. None of us qualify to enter the Kingdom of God unless we call sin sin and look to the cross of Christ as our only escape from that dreadful day.
You May Hate Me for What I Say.
You may do all sorts of things against me because the beautiful Rainbow flag you use speaks to me of God’s great promises for the world.
But you won’t stop the direction my mind goes when I see the flag. It is etched into my soul. The Rainbow is God’s signature on a contract. God is patient, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
Thank you for reminding me!