Are You “Over the Rainbow”?

You’ve probably seen them. The cute little rainbow stickers on the back window of the car in front of you proclaiming “gay pride”. The idea is that many colors (i.e. sexual preferences and orientations) are all a part of big, beautiful collage of colors. But from where did this rainbow thing originate? Was it dreamed up by some graphic artist sympathetic to the homosexual community? As a matter of fact, yes! According to this website, the Rainbow Flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, who created the flag in response to a local activist’s call for the need of a community symbol.  Each color represented a different tenet of gay rights (pink = sex, orange = healing, yellow = sun, a sort of new age approach to sexuality). The design has changed a few colors over the years, but remains essentially the same. Starbucks proudly flew an 800 sq. ft gay pride flag over its headquarters in Seattle. Silly us, we thought they were a coffee shop.

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According to the Bible, the original rainbow (along with the ones we see refracted in the sky today) were birthed, not from Gay Pride, but from God’s Promise. Following Noah’s Flood, which destroyed every violent and immoral person on the planet (estimated in the billions), God placed a first-ever rainbow in the sky, made possible by the rupturing of the water vapor canopy which previously filtered out the sun’s ultraviolet rays in the antediluvian earth (Genesis 1:7). God created the light and water particles that uniquely make up what we now know as the “rainbow”. But the reason He did it was to communicate something to all creation – that He would never flood the earth again by water. This is known as the “Noahic Covenant”.

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; andnever 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.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”(Genesis 9:12-17)

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Gay people didn’t intentionally invent the rainbow flag as a snub to God and the Bible. Though they have embraced this symbol as their primary logo, I doubt seriously that Genesis 9 was even remotely a part of their original motivation.

Even so, we see a lot more homosexual rainbow symbols than scriptural ones. When’s the last time you saw a rainbow sticker on a back windshield with the phrase “Remember God’s Promise” emblazed across the bottom? Rainbows aren’t going away – either on flags, stickers OR in the sky. So maybe we should get over how people use (or misuse) them and get back to why God gave them to us in the first place.

Every rainbow that appears in the sky (you know, the one we Instagram and Pintrest to death) is meant to comfort, remind and warn all humanity.

Comfort – God will never flood the whole earth again to wipe out humanity.

Remind – God rescues the righteous prior to global judgment.

Warn – God is patient, but His wrath will eventually be unleashed on sin. Therefore, run to the Ark!

You can believe that the gay rainbow symbol is an innocent design or some subversive Satanic plot to undermine and replace God’s definition of the rainbow. But I believe we should go a step further. The God of the Bible invented colors and God made the rainbow. So, at least in your own mind, why not steal this symbol back and redeem it for Him, returning it’s meaning to the rightful Owner. Every time you see a rainbow, whether pasted on a windshield, waving in a gay rights parade or shining in the sky overhead, remind yourself about it’s original meaning. Thank God that His promises remain true, even thousands of years later.

And that the God who floods also forgives…

…you.

For more clarity about what the Bible says about homosexuality, forgiveness, love and the flood, check out As It Was in the Days of Noah.

For the most beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, here’s one of my favorite guitar players, Tommy Emmanuel.

 

Why Macklemore is Not the Enemy

This years Grammy’s took music (and sleaze) to an all-time low, officially posturing itself as a mouthpiece for the a radical gay-rights agenda. Queen Latifah’s officiating of homosexual weddings on prime time television crossed a line, setting foot on new territory in mainstream media. Gay weddings at the Grammys.

Silly us. We thought the Grammys were all about celebrating music.

We were wrong. A new agenda has bullied it’s way into entertainment.

Now I totally get it that some artists’ music is so bad they simply have to surround themselves with stage performers just to entice you to listen. Even more sad is how some female singers (desperate for attention they never got from their daddies) feel compelled to take their clothes off or simulate sex on stage to get noticed. I mean, who would watch their performance if they didn’t, right? How pitiful is it when your career boils down to the point where you effectively say, “Ok, so like I know my music sucks (I don’t even sing it myself (lip-syncing is the way to go, baby!). Anyway, if I don’t do something outrageous like pretend to have sex on stage, then nobody would pay attention to me! And I NEED attention! Please watch me!”

Many years ago, performers like Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, KISS and Madonna also had their own brand of shock presentation. So previous generations are not without their own brands of glam/shock/gore/sensuality. While in high school, I was in a rock band who competed in a “Battle of the Bands”. After our time on stage, I thought, “We’re gonna win this thing going away!”

We got beat by a guy dressed up as a witch.

Ok, maybe our stage presence lacked a little pizzaz.

Obviously, some bands and artists have no real music merit of their own. It’s the “persona” of the presentation that makes them who they are (fill in the blank with the music/showperson that comes to mind. Brittany Spears is playing Vegas now, btw). But I’m actually okay with that. I get the performance part and musicians as entertainers. That’s part of what makes some people interesting and attractive. I even enjoyed Daft Punk’s Grammy performance.

But Macklemore’s musical agenda is another thing altogether. Here are some of his Grammy night lyrics (from the song “Same Love”).

“The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision/And you can be cured with some treatment and religion/Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God/Ahh, nah, here we go/America the brave still fears what we don’t know/And “God loves all his children” is somehow forgotten/But we paraphrase a book written 3,500 years ago/I don’t know.”

So here’s the message of the song, broken down from his poetic rant.

  1. If you’re a homosexual, you can’t change, even if you wanted to.
  2. Even God can’t change you.
  3. And why would He? He made you this way.
  4. If you disagree with me, you’re homophobic.
  5. All people are God’s children.
  6. The Bible can’t be trusted.

Apart from faulty logic and amateur theology, Mr. Macklemore’s biggest mistake may be elevating himself above everyone who disagrees with him. And what authority does he cite for his absolute conclusions? Popular opinion? The way he “feels”? He goes on to twist more Scripture, redefining “love” and comparing gays to the struggles of black people. Again, if you happen to disagree, you’re a hater.

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All that said, Mr. Misguided Macklemore is not the enemy. And neither are homosexuals. Though Scripture is crystal clear on the morality of the subject, the homosexual issue – both from a personal and public perspective – is a complicated one. I go into much more detail about this in my new book – As It Was in the Days of Noah. But suffice it to say, there’s a bit more involved than simply shouting, “Hey, all you gays! Stop it!”

Jesus’ disciples should neither surrender our convictions nor allow themselves to be steamrolled by society’s blatant redefining of marriage and civilization itself. But we still hit a glitch when a certain sin becomes socially acceptable. It’s like they changed the rules of the game on us, and we’re left on the sidelines. And we don’t like that. We feel left out. Unpopular. Unliked.

We’re going to have to get over that.

And you’ll need to prepare yourself, because it’s only going to get more acute in the last days. As we rapidly approach the end times, those who follow Christ and His Scripture will become more marginalized. And hated.

Just for believing.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t currently fight to preserve the sanctity of marriage and morality. But it also doesn’t mean we demonize immoral people or those who think our faith is disgusting. Hey, news flash. Lost people do what lost people do. That’s why they’re “lost”. Why should you expect more of them? That’s not being fair to them.

According to Scripture, Christians have but one true “adversary”. Waging war against him means believing that only Jesus can change people. Don’t hate on Queen Latifah. And stop obsessing about ridding the world of immorality. Instead, focus on yourself. Major on being Jesus’ representative to those He’s placed in your life. You can still love your neighbor and not allow them to burn your house down. Love isn’t some pacifistic perversion or being a spineless creature. It means you have the strength to be compassionate towards those with whom you may strongly disagree. To do otherwise is to misrepresent the One who showed unconditional love to you in your own sinful state.

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In one sense, I agree with the words of “Same Love”, just not in the way Macklemore intended. He stumbled onto truth when he said that people can’t change themselves through a “decision” or external pressure from morality and religion. And neither can he change his own mind about homosexuality, especially since he has a hit song about it! Only a sovereign God can change the human heart.

If I’ve learned anything in 32 years of ministry, it’s that we should never underestimate the miracle-working power of God’s Spirit. And that means He sometimes surprises us with the ones He chooses to save. Keep praying and believing that people like Macklemore will one day experience the Same Love the Father has shown to you.