In the Old Testament book of Genesis, scripture tells us how God decided to wipe all of humankind from the earth with a great flood because of their wickedness. Only the righteous Noah and his family were spared because of his faithfulness to God. After the flood, God made a covenant with Noah and his kin that He would never again send a flood to destroy the earth. His promise of this covenant was the beautiful rainbow He set in the sky.
I have always loved rainbows, since I first heard this story as a child. There is something about them; about the prism that the rain droplets make that separate the light wavelengths into their different beautiful colors that has always fascinated me and made me feel joyful.
These days, it is both ironic and frustrating to me that the rainbow has been recognized as the symbol for the gay rights movement. I don’t know if this misappropriation was done intentionally and mockingly of God or not, but regardless, I have long ago discovered that God allows us to suffer the consequences of our own sinful actions – particularly when we purposefully choose to take a stand against Him. As a nation, we seem to have done precisely that, and embracing the LGBT movement is just one more example of our turning our backs on God.
It seems that we are once again presented with another significant opportunity to turn away from Him. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is expected to release its ruling on gay marriage in the next few days; likely it will be on Monday June 29th. SCOTUS will rule on whether states can legally ban gay “marriage”, and also whether states can refuse to recognize a same-sex “marriage” that was legally performed in another state.
Many learned folks presume that the SCOTUS will indeed strike down gay “marriage” bans. Regardless of whether they do so this month or not, it does seem that public opinion would suggest that it is inevitable that gay “marriage” will eventually become the law of the land within the next few years.
I, personally, don’t think the government should be involved in the institution of marriage of any sort. Marriage, as it has been defined and held to for millennia, was and is only between one man and one woman. It is a religious sacrament. It is the bedrock principle of western civilization. Without this sacrament, it is impossible to believe that our societies would have flourished and prospered. Government really should not be inserting itself into this by granting licenses to whomever it deems appropriate to engage in holy matrimony. That is something better left to the churches. Or, if a person is a non-believer, they can become “married” through a civil wedding. Regardless, the government should stay out of it.
Personally, while I see the long-term societal harm of gay “marriage”, I am rather Libertarian on the issue. If two gay people choose to form a union, so be it. But to misappropriate the term “marriage”, which is a religious sacrament between man, woman, and God, to describe their union seems to be a slap in the face to those of us who still do hold marriage to be a sacrament – to be sacrosanct. Gay people can call theirs a bonding union or what-have-you, but it is not marriage.
God created marriage and words mean things. We can twist words and try to give them new meanings but saying that two men or two women joined together in a civil ceremony is a marriage is about as ridiculous as calling a man, a woman. You can call it whatever you want, but that doesn’t make it so.
Of course the upcoming SCOTUS decision will have many drastic long-term ramifications for our society. If they do strike down gay “marriage” bans as expected, we can also expect further lawsuits against religious institutions that still recognize the sacramental nature of marriage and refuse to “marry” same-sex couples. These institutions will be targeted as discriminatory and hateful and in violation of federal law. Already there are efforts under way to remove the tax exempt status of many faith-based organizations that refuse to recognize, let alone celebrate the LGBT culture and lifestyle.
Those individual Americans that believe homosexual actions are wrong and sinful will also be further ostracized and targeted via force of law in the coming decade. Already private businesses have been shut down and destroyed for refusing to take a peripheral part in gay weddings. In Canada, it is considered hate speech and illegal to preach against homosexuality. In certain states, Catholic adoption agencies have been forced to shut down because they refused to adopt out children to gay couples.
How long until the federal government insists that since gay “marriage” is the law of the land, that churches must “marry” gay couples or lose their tax exempt status, or even worse be fined? This likely decision would seem to me to create additional great conflicts as it places the “right” of gay “marriage” up against our 1st amendment right to freedom of religion and the exercise thereof. This probable decision will likely only serve to further divide an already fractured nation.
Despite all of this, we are all still called to love our neighbor as our self. God tells us not to condone sin, but also not to condemn our brother or sister. It is His place for such judgment. We must love our neighbor, regardless of their sin. And we are all sinners; me, most especially. Love the sinner, hate the sin, we are told. That means we love each and every child of God, not just the straight ones. Everyone.
Our country and the world is indeed changing, and I fear it is certainly not for the better. It is infinitely easier to be on the right side of history than it is to be on the right side of Truth. That said, I will stick to my beliefs and do my best to live my life according to them, regardless of the contempt that our new “enlightened” society throws at me. Even Christ said, "In the world you will have troubles, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16:33
And I know and believe in Him when He tells me this. All of that said, I still want my rainbow back.