Reclaiming the Rainbow

An Irishman went into a flag shop and requested  a green union-jack flag.  The shopkeeper behind the counter replied, “A green union-jack what? We don’t do green union-jacks, you fool.”  The Irishman inquired, “What colours do you do them in them?” “Red white and blue, like everywhere else,” responded the salesperson.     The Irishman said, “Okay, I’ll have a blue one then!”

The year was 1974 and for the first time in American history, an openly gay man, Harvey Milk, was elected  to a major political office, mayor of San Francisco.  Mayor Milk eventually asked a friend, gay activist and artist Gilbert Baker, to design a flag that would immediately say, in the eyes of people, homosexuality. Now in the gay community, it has long been known that wearing bright colours in public sent a coded message to others gays that you were a homosexual.  And each continent had its own colour (in North America it was bright green, in South America it was bright yellow, in Europe it was bright blue, etc.).  So Mr. Baker put a number of these colours (pink, red, orange, blue, indigo, purple) together in bright stripes, one upon the other and the modern flag was born, representing gays and lesbians from around the world.   (Pink was later dropped due to the unavailability of the fabric, and the indigo was left out to achieve an even number). And so today, the rainbow flag of colours has become symbolic for gays and lesbians.

But now the Bible-believing church is being called upon  to reclaim the rainbow and the effort is being led by Ken Ham, head of Answers In Genesis.  Dr. Ham recently announced the ministry’s Noah’s Ark-themed park will be permanently lit up with rainbow lights as a reminder that God owns the rainbow – not the gay and lesbian community.  On Facebook, Ham shared a photo of The Ark Enounter in Kentucky, lit up in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  And with the picture he added:

“So the rainbow has been a symbol of the gay community since the 1970s.  But the rainbow has been a symbol of the judgment and mercy of the Creator for much, much longer than that – around 4,300 years longer!  However, because of its current gay association, many Christians shy away from using the rainbow colours.  This should not be, we need to take the rainbow back and teach our kids its true meaning.”
Genesis 9:12-17 – And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.  And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.