It is June. It is the so-called Pride month. When I spent a few hours in Toronto yesterday, I saw that this beautiful city was full of two things: rainbow color, and pride.
But I am saddened to realize that the rainbow, the sign of the Noahic covenant (Genesis 9:8-17), has been stolen and is now used to support something God calls “abomination” (e.g., Leviticus 18:22). Furthermore, that June is called “Pride” month bothers me, too, because the Bible never hides that the LORD God opposes the proud. The LORD will tear down the house of the proud (Proverbs 15:25a). The Apostle Paul’s warning is timeless (2 Timothy 3:1-5, ESV): “. . . in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”
June is a sad month because it marks the epitome of human pride and rebellion against God who is holy. The rainbow should remind us of God’s indescribable grace and mercy toward us sinners, but humans have distorted it to give approval to those who practice what God forbids (Romans 1:32). One of the most fundamental sins is pride because it makes us want to steal God’s glory. Adam and Eve fell because they were driven by their pride. The Serpent knew exactly what to say to make them eat the forbidden fruit: “you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).
This great city is full of rainbow color and pride. What an unnatural combination!
Thursday, Jun 15, 2023