Spirit and Truth - June 2021
Women Active for Christ
During the month of May, WAC baked and decorated cupcakes for local educators in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. The next lesson in their new study, Twelve Extraordinary Women, will focus on Rahab. They have already discussed Eve and Sarah. WAC has begun their involvement with the mission, Generation Next. The ladies are anxiously waiting to see which child will choose them as their sponsor.
Thank you Jim for the Masters Men project..
We cleaned up and repaired the netting at the city park!
Are you wanting to learn how to reach the lost? We are tentatively planning to have an evangelism course Saturday evening, July 31, 2021. It is titled Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith. This will include four 1 hour sessions. Dinner will be provided. More details to come.
Stealing the Rainbow and Other Ironic Behaviors
June is here. Flag Day, Father’s Day, fun in the sun and… rainbows? Yep, June is designated as Pride Month and the rainbow can be seen far and wide as gay activist are growing louder and prouder. How do I know this is Pride Month? How can I not know? All the mainstream media, big tech, social media, search engines and large corporations are eager to remind us not just to acknowledge Pride Month but to celebrate it. But what exactly are they proud of and what are we to celebrate?
First, we must refute a couple of predominate myths.
MYTH #1: Christians Hate Homosexuals
Since the knee jerk reaction of many is to cancel and oppress opposing viewpoints and call it hate speech, I first want to make it clear that Christians do not hate people of the LGBTQ+ community. Neither do we elevate ourselves as perfect people who are without sin. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The difference is that we are sinners saved by grace through repentance and faith. God has given us a new heart with new desires. It is only with this understanding that we can have a clear an honest dialog. Yes, God loves the homosexual and so do we.
MYTH #2: The Bible Does Not Say Homosexuality is a Sin
The Bible makes it very clear that Homosexuality is a sin. God defined marriage between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24-25). Jesus confirmed this in Matthew 19:3-6 as he spoke about a man joining his wife and becoming one. Warnings against homosexuality along with other sexual sins are found in both the Old and New Testament (Leviticus 18:34-25, Leviticus 20:10-14, Romans 1:18-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11).
While the LGBTQ+ movement is morally bankrupt, it is rich in irony.
IRONY #1: Stealing the Rainbow
It would be an interesting, if not somewhat depressing, experiment to ask random individuals what the rainbow is symbolic of. What do you think they would say? We as Bible believing Christians know that the rainbow is the sign of a covenant that God made with the whole earth promising never to destroy the world again with a global flood (Gen. 9:8-17). However most people would probably associate the rainbow with something very different now days.
Imagine if you will, an army that adopts the peace symbol and plasters it on its weapons of wars. It paints the peace symbol on tanks, fighter jets and bombs. Their soldiers wear it on uniforms, and they fly it on their flag with the motto love, peace, and tolerance as they march across the world leaving a path of death and destruction. This is the irony that has been the rainbow flag of the LGBTQ+ crowd since 1978. Let’s explore this further.
In ancient times the Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. Using a global flood, He wiped the human race from the face of the earth with the exception of Noah and his family. He then promised to never destroy the entire earth with a global flood again and designates the rainbow as a symbol of this covenant.
Now we have this community that glorifies sinful acts, acts that God says are an abomination. We have a group of people that celebrate wickedness. They take the rainbow and designate it as a symbol for their anti-Biblical cause. What was originally a symbol of peace and love is now a symbol of war against God and God’s people. It is a symbol of rebellion and hatred for His Holy Word. But while they march around the world leaving a path of destruction within families and communities their fate is foretold in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. A partial list of people that will not inherit the Kingdom of God includes those who indulge in sexual sin, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality. In their attempt to thumb their nose at God and steal His rainbow they are waging a war they cannot win.
IRONY #2: Redefining the Word Gay
By the mid-1950s homosexual men fully embraced and promoted the redefinition of the word gay. At one time the word gay meant merry or lively, but studies show that the LGBTQ+ lifestyle is anything but happy.
In 2017, adult and adolescent gay and bisexual men made up 70% (27,000) of the 38,739 new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Gay and bisexual men are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). According to Virtue Online, “There are increased rates of mental ill health among the homosexual population compared to the general population. Many studies show much higher rates of psychiatric illness, such as depression, suicide attempts and drug abuse among homosexuals than among the general population. The homosexual lifestyle is associated with a shortened life expectancy of up to 20 years.” The sad irony here is that a word that was once associated with happiness is now tied to a lifestyle that has a high rate of disease, depression, destruction, and death.
IRONY #3: Use of the Word Pride
God defines marriage to be the union of one man and one woman for life. To redefine that is nothing to be proud of. The traditional family is the fabric of society. To try and destroy that is nothing to be proud of. Sex is God’s good gift to be enjoyed within the boundaries of marriage as defined in the Bible. To pervert that is nothing to be proud of. (Genesis 1:28, Genesis 2:18, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 7:32-34, Hebrews 13:4)
Ironically Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”.
Taking Back the Rainbow
The rainbow is beautiful and so is the convenient that it symbolizes. I love the vivid colors and what it stands for. To allow it to simply be hijacked without strong opposition is lazy and cowardice on our part.
The LGBTQ+ community is ready to intimidate, threaten, slander, and cancel any company, organization or group that does not pledge allegiance to pride month and the immorality for which it stands. So, we find ourselves on the opposing side of pop culture and political correctness. What a shocker? Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” I say it is time to take back the rainbow.
A good resource to learn more about this topic can be found on the CARM website.