Archive for February, 2014

Any American kid who went to grade school can remember sitting in their first grade class, in front of a black and white coloring page with the Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Purple (Violet) Crayola colored pencils in their hand as their teachers taught them about ROY G. BIV, a name that can help with memorizing all the colors of the rainbow in order. They would bring their coloring page home and put on the refrigerator for the entire house to see. They step back and marvel at their drawing, excited to hear what the rest of the family thinks. images

We’ve grown up around the rainbow. We see it after it rains, we draw it on the corners of our papers when we are supposed to be paying attention to our professor’s lectures. It’s in advertisements; it’s sung about by famous musicians like Bob Marley, Jessie J., even Kermit the Frog. Political activist like Nelson Mandela have used it.

I remember walking around my house as a little girl humming the Wizard of Oz song “Over the Rainbow“, wishing I was Dorthy Gale and my house would take me to a magical colorful land where I would become best friends with a scarecrow and a lion, but knowing it wasn’t going to happen because their weren’t powerful tornadoes where I grew up.

It’s a symbol that has become very familiar to us. We’ve almost become numb to it.

However, people started using the rainbow in the 70’s the as a symbol for the Gay Rights Movement. It was adopted San Francisco (surprise, surprise) during the San Franciscan Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade (Source). It has since become an international symbol for the LGBT community. I  cannot see colorful stripes anywhere with out assuming it’s part of the LGBT rights movement. 

Taken from Google

Taken from Google

When Google put out it’s colorful logo in support of LGBT athletes in the Olympics and in protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws, the world didn’t have to question what the logo meant. The media’s focus on Russia’s treatment of its LGBT community has taken the focus from the Olympics and on the LGBT movement.

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God creating a covenant with Noah.

Why has the respect for the rainbow been changed so much? Why is it that I can’t look at the rainbow without thinking of the LGBT movement? What is so prideful about the rainbow?

The rainbow is a Christian symbol that many Christians have seemed to have forgotten. I grew up hearing the story of Noah’s Ark and the story of how God put the rainbow in the sky as a promise to never flood the earth again.

However, the rainbow is more than just a promise from God. It’s a covenant (Now be prepared because I’m about to go into some deep, deep theology that I don’t fully understand, so we’ll see how this goes). The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines covenant as:

Here is a visual that explains it better than I can from the Calvary Community Church in Arizona.

Here is a visual that explains it better than I can from the Calvary Community Church in Arizona.”A solemn agreement between human beings or between God and a human being involving mutual commitments or guarantees…which will never pass away” (See the full definition here).

“A solemn agreement between human beings or between God and a human being involving mutual commitments or guarantees…which will never pass away.” (See the full definition here)

The Lord makes Covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and us, through our Lord Jesus Christ. A covenant is beyond a simple promise. It’s something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. I admit that I’m not intellectually at the theological level to fully understand the meaning and importance of a covenant, but based off what I do know about it, it’s pretty amazing.

The Rainbow is a sign from God, or a reminder of the covenant he made with Noah that He won’t ever destroy the earth by flood again. It’s a symbol of God’s faithfulness to us. Thanks to the rainbow, God cannot be viewed as a monster who destroys the earth for his satisfaction or personal gain. He can be views as a God with infinite mercy and grace.

The rainbow is seen again at the very end of the Bible. In Revelation, John saw the rainbow surrounding the throne of heaven (Rev 4:3) and as well as upon the head of an angel (Rev. 10:1).

Notice that the rainbow is at the beginning and at the end of the Bible?

It’s time for Christians to take back the rainbow; to recognize it’s beauty and importance; to understand that even though the LGBT community use it for their rights, it wasn’t their right to take it from Christians and twist it into a symbol of pride.

The rainbow is a symbol of love, mercy, and promise. It’s a symbol from God that should never had been twisted and formed into something that it’s not.

I’m going to leave you with this verse from the Book of Ezekiel:

“Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” (Ez 1:28)

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It’s ironically hilarious how the United States seems to be reacting to the recent documentary, Blackfish. I haven’t actually seen the documentary myself, and I certainly don’t plan on seeing it anytime soon, but I find it ironic the way people react seeing the killer whales in captivity when they don’t quite understand what is happening to their own species right in their neighborhood (That’s right, I pulled that card…).

Ask anyone who knows me well, Abortion is a topic that makes me angry.  Tell me that men should marry men, I might avoid that argument; tell me that all America should embrace a free health care mandate, not worth getting into a discussion; tell me that Obama is a great president, I’ve got better things to do than point out how uniformed the population is.

Tell me that abortion should be legal and for all cases, no matter how developed the child is, that is a discussion I cannot refuse.

The whole situation makes me mad. Not always at the mothers, I can’t imagine the turmoil that some of them go through, the feeling that there is no way out, the regret, the guilt, the shame.

However, I have also realized that there are people who are already currently mothers with two or three children who simply don’t want another one. The people that make me most angry are the people who surround those women; the men who father those children, her parents, the clinic’s doctors and nurses, especially the clinic staff.

In almost every testimony I’ve heard about abortion, the woman are not allowed to see the screen of the ultrasound, or hear their child’s heart beat because it’s those images and sounds that prove how human and alive the child is; it’s when they see those images that they change their mind and walk out, then the clinics don’t get paid.

Abortion makes death a business.

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What I also don’t understand is at what point does life and children and being pregnant stop being of value to a woman. Having one child is enough to convince many that life is precious and shouldn’t be wasted, especially by a vacuum.

Yet some women with children already, don’t see the value in their unborn children. They can’t recognize that it’s more than a fetus.  If they can’t see it in their unborn child, who says they can see it in the living ones? What next if the pro-abortion group keeps growing? Killing a kid after being born because of it’s funny looking nose?

The pro-life movement is growing. More and more people are realizing the horrors of abortion, no matter their religion or political parties. The pro-life movement is full of young people. But why is that? Because it’s our generation that is being massacred. Those being killed are the ones who were supposed to be our brothers and sisters, our classmates, our friends, our lovers,

“Young people are rejecting abortion these days,” said Barbara Meara, chairman of New York State Right to Life. “The 18 to 25-year-olds are the most pro-life group in the country, according to a number of different polls.”

The Susan B. Anthony Foundation claims “In 2012, those identifying as ‘pro-choice’ reached their smallest numbers since polling began. As the number of pro-life Americans begins to grow, the pro-choice movement has seen its numbers dwindle. The Pro-Life Majority is growing!”

The largest and strongest group of people pro-life appear to have been born after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court Case that made abortion legal in 1973.  Irony? I think not.

Check out some more statistics on the growing Pro-Life movement with Gallup.