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In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Pride Month once again. It should be obvious because of the sheer volume of television shows, commercials, news reports, marketing emails and social media posts reminding us of our duty to embrace the lifestyle choices of others.
We can’t celebrate Columbus DAY, George Washington’s birthDAY, Thomas Jefferson’s birthDAY or a myriad of other days recognizing America’s greatness or honoring Christian holidays. But, we can devote an entire month to celebrating the LBGTQIAPD+ movement, with which one in 20 Americans identify. (Census figures from 2019 show that number to be around 3.1%.)
What does this alphabet soup of sexual confusion stand for anyway?
- Lesbian – Women who love only women.
- Bisexual – People who love both sexes (men and women).
- Gay – Men who love only men.
- Transgender – A person whose “sex assigned at birth” does not match their mental identity.
- Queer or Questioning – People who are exploring what sex best aligns with their mental identity.
- Intersex – People who have both male and female sexual characteristics.
- Asexual – People who aren’t sexually attracted to anyone of any sex.
- Pansexual – Someone who is attracted to all genders. It’s different from bisexual because a pansexual could be attracted to any of the 56 “known” genders.
- Demisexual – A person who develops sexual attraction for a specific gender over time.
- + – The most reviled, for now, of all sexual orientations, often a code symbol for pedophilia. It also applies to other groups awaiting their own officially-sanctioned letter in the alphabet mafia.
The most-troubling aspect about Pride Month is the celebration of a rainbow flag.
Rainbow = God’s promise
For centuries, the rainbow stood as God’s promise that he would never again flood the earth to wipe out humanity, which had been destroyed by a great flood.
According to the biblical account of Noah and the flood, “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5)
Boy, does that description apply to Americans today, but I digress.
For 40 days, rain pounded the earth to a depth covering the highest mountains, which remain submerged with water for more than 150 days. After the water subsided, God made a covenant with Noah:
“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.” (Genesis 9:13-16)
So, naturally, when a group of people decided to celebrate their willingness to snub their noses at God and his plan for creation, they adopted the rainbow flag as their banner.
It’s an in-your-face middle-finger to the world and God himself.
In fact, news reports this week applauded the U.S. embassy to the Vatican – the religious headquarters of 1 billion Catholics – for flying a rainbow flag from its building.
The United States government is sending a strong message to Catholics, other people of faith and God himself that America is proud of its arrogance and disobedience to God’s Word.
The Bible doesn’t celebrate pride
There are more than 100 instances in the Bible where the word “pride” or “proud” appear, and almost all of them are made in a negative light. Yet, America chooses to openly and willingly celebrate its pride.
In 2 Timothy 3:2-5, apostle Paul warns about earth’s final days by telling people they’ll how when time is limited because:
“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power.”
In other words, the end times are right around the corner when people act like Americans do today.
Paul offered some advice in relating to people fitting those characteristics, “Have nothing to do with them.”
So, what do Americans do instead? They put prideful people on a pedestal and devote an entire month to celebrating their arrogance.
Proverbs 16:18 promises, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
In a few months, I will turn 61. I have been blessed beyond belief to have been a part of the great American experiment. Compared to much of the world, Americans have enjoyed a lifestyle that was the envy of others for centuries.
However, if I don’t witness America’s destruction within my remaining lifetime, certainly my children will see that happen. Unless…
God tells us what we must do to prevent our own destruction in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
God makes the promise after, ironically, noting that rather than sending rain to wipe out prideful people, he will shut up the heavens so there is no rain, command locusts to devour the land or send a plague. (2 Chronicles 7:13)
So, is it really a wise move to celebrate our collective pride, or should we be working to realign our thinking and our actions with what God expects us to do?