Taking Pride Out of the Rainbow

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Catholic, Opinion, Scripture
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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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