Genesis 9:15 ESV
I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
It is pride month once more. For many it is time to show pride. Some find solace in support or others a time to loath and protest overtly. I’ve come to a decision, a epiphany perhaps long ago that for me personally; it is not time for me to be any of those things. To me the rainbow represents more than God won’t flood the earth. It represents unmerited grace. Grace that people including myself, have failed to show others. As long as history goes, mankind has always and continues furthermore to desecrate God’s creation. Violence, murder, rape, racism. I would be remiss to say homosexuality is any more or less condemnable than divorce as God designed marriage to be forever. Yet the bible says Moses allowed for it because of the hardness of men’s hearts. I would be dishonest to say homosexuality is worse than unbridled heterosexuality. While I believe that there is a design to creation, is homosexuality worse than racial injustice or enslavement of a particular race; which came because of greed and arrogance in belief that one man created by God is better than another man of a different color is inferior? Would that too befall a society caught in a net of disbelief in God’s design? Indeed, those who believe in a creator and show they do not believe in who God is, by choosing racism. Did they not receive the same as God giving people into homosexuality, because of their unbelief? Perhaps the greatest example how a “christian country” received judgement for unbelief was a costly civil war.
Now I, do not look to be of any judgement towards those who practice homosexuality, because while those who do not believe in the Bible, as Paul wrote it is not my place to judge unbelievers. It is not my place to protest. It is my place to look to the rainbow and understand it’s message of unmerited grace. It is my place to ask the real question, why does God give unmerited favor to those who deny him? Indeed God blesses the good and the evil. There is no good without him. He gives grace because of hope that man will put away anger, idol worship, self worship, permiscuity. He allows people the chance to turn to him. I think truly that righteous judgement, starts with ourselves before others so that we can be better teachers. Whether I practice homosexuality or self believed superiority, or straight sensuality, it is no more or less denial of God’s design. For me this grace calls to me to repent to be the example. It is not mine to demand that other repent of what I see as sinful, it is mine to repent and live by example.
What led to the flood? Look to the ten commandments and you will have your answer. Those things God hates, he hates because separation from him means the miss treatment of his creation. War, rape, murder, all rooted in lust, lies, jealousy, wanton desire for what your neighbor has. What led to God’s promise for unmerited grace? None other than love and hope that you would believe in it enough to yield to him. That is what I see in pride month. Grace for both those in Christ, and without. The default condemnation is on all, straight, homosexual and unbelieving christian (because one can not be born in Christ except by rebirth). I think that we should stop, pause and celebrate that God gives unmerited grace to all to a point. God’s grace does not extend only to the repentant. It extended to all with a promise. To that, we all know true justice, can not forever be commuted. Until then I thank God for the rainbow. I thank God for unmerited grace. I thank God that I did not receive justice. I thank God that he allows time for repentance.