Scott Lively, the absolutely deranged anti-gay bigot who bizarrely thinks gay people were responsible for Adolf Hitler, is mighty upset that the rainbow has become a symbol of LGBT equality. And he wants religious people to take that symbol back because it came from God.
The rainbow belongs to God and was created by Him as a symbol of His authority over creation. Revelation 4:3 describes a rainbow around His throne in heaven. Genesis 9:13-15 declares that He placed the rainbow in the sky as a promise to never again punish the earth by flood. Then in Genesis 19 He gave a preview of the future destruction of the earth by fire – by incinerating Sodom and Gomorrah. Both Peter and Jude remind us that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was a warning to all generations not to follow the gross sexual immorality of those cities (1 Peter 2:6, Jude 1:7).
I’ve long found this claim about the rainbow amusing, for this reason: If Christians came across a similar claim in any other context, they would laugh out loud at it. If they found out, for instance, that the Native Americans believe that the Great Spirit created the rainbow as a symbol of his pleasure that they live in harmony with the land, they would not be able to stifle their giggles at such a ridiculous claim. And rightly so, that would be utterly absurd. And it is here too, they just don’t recognize it because it’s in the Bible.
And he has a plan to thwart the use of rainbow flags at the Olympics:
Very simply, they plan to protest Russia’s new law criminalizing homosexual propaganda to children by encouraging individual competitors and other highly visible figures, including celebrities, to display the rainbow symbol during the Olympic Games. The media will ensure that each such display is broadcast to the world.
It is a no-win scenario for the Russian government. If the Russians ignore the tactic, the “gays” will declare victory and claim that the Russian government was ashamed to enforce its “hateful” law while under the scrutiny of the world. If the Russians attempt to enforce the law by punishing those who display the rainbow, the media will portray those persons as heroic victims and martyrs, while portraying the Russians as “homophobic” bullies secretly intent on exterminating homosexuals. Either way, the media will segue any rainbow related stories with coverage of violent hate crimes (real or staged) against homosexuals that occur anywhere in Russia during the games (or any time since the passage of the new law). They will imply that these incidents are the result and intent of the new law and the “climate of hate and fear” it has engendered. Worst of all, whichever way this protest campaign goes, the rainbow will be perceived by the world as the exclusive property of the “gay” movement.
However, with a simple judo move, the Russians could catch the “gays” in their own trap and at the same time rescue God’s rainbow from being dragged through the mud.
Imagine the Russian Olympics taking place under a giant rainbow banner declaring that the rainbow belongs to God! And rainbow symbols incorporated in virtually every aspect of the games and the celebrations surrounding them. The scheme to display rainbows as a rebellious act by Hollywood celebrities and left-leaning Olympic contenders would be rendered impotent. The “gay” movement would be thwarted in its attempt to steal for itself what belongs to God and to all of us as His children. And, best of all, the entire world, including the “gays,” would be reminded of the truth of the Bible: that God gave us the rainbow as a reminder not only that He judges sin, but that He forgives and heals those who repent.
What makes that especially funny is that he thinks it would work. Does Lively seriously want Putin and the Russian government to be so closely associated with God? Wait, the answer is yes. Because Lively is every bit as authoritarian as Putin and he thinks God is on his side, too.