In America, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that the rainbow is a symbol for “gay pride.”
In Europe and other places, however, the rainbow symbolizes peace. This Christmas, when we celebrate the peace that Christ brings to the world, let’s begin to take back the rainbow.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has already started:
An activist fighting for traditional marriage in California is urging Christians to reclaim the rainbow from homosexual-rights activists who have hailed the symbol as their icon of “gay” pride.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the San Diego-based Ruth Institute rightly argues that the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant with man, and she says proponents of Proposition 8 — California’s measure that passed in 2008 to define marriage as between a man and a woman — are the original “rainbow coalition.” [Continue reading…]
As Dr. Morse points out, the rainbow in Christianity symbolizes the first covenant God made with man during the time of Noah. At Christ’s nativity, that covenant was fulfilled with the advent of the promised Messiah – Emmanuel – God with us.
I’ve spent a good deal of time and energy this year responding to the threats posed by the homosexual movement because this movement is attempting to systematically reshape and fundamentally alter the Christian message (see, for instance, Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, “May your Christmas be Catholic and gay“).
In fact I believe it’s doing something worse: the “gay pride” movement is selling Christ short. It says there is an aspect of humanity that we don’t want Christ to heal and redeem. It says that Christ is welcome to come and save us, but only on our terms.
But that’s not the way it works. In fact, all of human history before and after the Incarnation demonstrates that humanity isn’t capable of saving itself without His grace, and can’t find a way to perfect happiness without following the path He makes for us.
I like that the rainbow, in most of the world, is still the symbol of peace. God became man to give the world His peace. Peace understood not simply as an absence-of-conflict, but as a fullness-of-presence: peace means that all is right between man and his fellow man, and between mankind and our Creator.
Because this is what peace really is, I hope you can see why I think having the rainbow only symbolize “gay pride” sells us all short.
So next year, and in this season of praying for peace, let’s begin to take back the rainbow.