June has been designated LGBT Pride Month in the US. Many organizations, groups, and companies have been displaying rainbow colors and flags to proudly celebrate these sinful lifestyles and choices. It seems there’s an increase in the number of organizations celebrating all things LGBT each year, which is certainly not surprising as our culture grows increasingly secular and reflects this mindset in what it values and celebrates. By and large our culture has changed from building its worldview on God’s Word to a worldview on man’s word.
Here are just two examples. McDonald’s restaurants in certain areas are carrying rainbow-striped french fry boxes throughout this month to show their support of so-called Pride Month. And, if you’re active on the social media giant Facebook, you’ve probably noticed the rainbow flag reaction appearing on certain posts. This special Facebook reaction, available to those who like Facebook’s LGBTQ page, is designed to celebrate “love and diversity.” What it is really celebrating is man’s rejection of God and his Word!
Now, are we angry and up in arms that secular companies like various McDonalds’ franchises and Facebook choose to support what they view as “love and diversity” (though it’s really a celebration of sin and rebellion)? Of course not. They are secular companies that do not claim to base their thinking on God’s Word or espouse any kind of Christian morality. This is simply yet another sign of the times we live in—when everyone does what’s right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25).
I want to stop here and clarify a common misconception. People often claim Christians are “against gay people.” But for AiG, that is completely untrue. We’re not “against gay people” any more than we’re “against” people who lie or commit adultery. As believers, we are called to love all people, recognizing we’re all created in God’s image, yet are all sinners in need of forgiveness and grace.
We can be against sinful behavior (just as we are against any other sinful behaviors such as abortion, pornography, adultery, fornication, and so on) without being angry with the people themselves. What we want for them—what we want for everyone—is for them to recognize that they, like us, are sinners desperately in need of a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. And if non-believers don’t recognize this, we can’t force Christianity on them. But it seems many in our culture do want to force LGBTQ beliefs on everyone else.
Now whether they realize it or not, companies like these, and sadly even our government and public schools, are imposing their religion on the culture. If McDonalds offered boxes with crosses on them for Easter or if Facebook had an empty-grave reaction to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, people would be furious, and they would say these companies were imposing Christianity on others.
Many don’t understand this because they’ve been brainwashed to believe LGBTQ is a civil rights issue when in reality it’s a moral/religious issue.
But when they impose their religion of secularism on the culture—which includes the view that man determines what’s right and wrong—it’s supposedly a “good” thing. Why? Because our culture has largely become secular! It’s quickly becoming the dominant viewpoint and even a religion, especially among the millennial generation. But many people don’t understand this because they’ve been brainwashed to believe LGBTQ is a civil rights issue when in reality it’s a morality and religious issue.
The rainbow doesn’t belong as a symbol for the LGBT community. It’s God’s symbol and has been set aside as a reminder of God’s judgment, mercy, and salvation for over 4,350 years, since the end of the Flood of Noah’s day.
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 [rain]bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:12–16)
When you see the rainbow being hijacked for something it was never intended to represent, I encourage you to use it as a conversation starter to direct people toward the message of judgment on sin, but also of the mercy and grace offered by our Ark of salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the message of love and hope that everyone desperately needs to hear!
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.
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