One thing that has kind of niggled me is the use of the rainbow symbol by the LGBT community. A small niggle but nevertheless for me it has been an irritation, probably because of where I have come from and a misplaced understanding that the rainbow is a sign from God for the righteous. In Genesis 9:12-17 it says:
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
But today when reading this I got a different perspective, the rainbow is not for the righteous only. It is a sign from God that no matter what we do he will never again wipe us out. That’s kind of important to know, God looks on us and no matter what we do he is still willing to give us a chance to see the error of our ways for ourselves, he will not just wipe us out for our sins, he’s a patient God and allows us to make our own decisions. So next time I see a rainbow flag waved or used by the LGBT community I’m going to remember that it shows us God loves all of us and is willing to walk with us and keep talking to us until we at last notice him, listen, change our hearts and start walking with him. After all, I was once one of those who could so easily have been wiped out in God’s wrath if not for his covenant, symbolised by that rainbow.
A rainbow placed in the clouds, a sign of God’s promise, a promise for all, not just the righteous but those who have fallen, for those in the storm, a reminder that this storm will not last forever, a sign that there is something better, a love letter from God stating that his love is love no matter where you have been, no matter what you have done he has seen who you can become, your true colours can shine through, he doesn’t want you to miss out, this little splash of colour showing you that you do matter, the greater the storm the brighter the rainbow, God is not willing to let you go, his love eternally captured in that rainbow.