Why a Rainbow Fits the Pride Movement More Than Anyone Realizes

The pride movement currently transforming society displays a rainbow as their emblem. While the image is likely intended to represent an acceptance of a whole spectrum of lifestyles, the rainbow represents something far more.

The movement is characterized by those wanting to indulge in acting out the passions they have inside and garner an acceptance from others to live according to those desires. In response to those who have reacted with hateful condemnation or a milder disapproval, they have resolved to proudly declare an acceptance of engaging in lifestyle behaviors based on what feels good rather than what others suggest God established as right.

The symbol of this pride movement is a rainbow.

Thousands of years ago, God made a promise following an act of judgment against the wickedness of the world, using a rainbow as a sign of His covenant not to destroy the earth with a flood ever again. He said, “I have set My bow in the cloud” (Gen. 9:13) as a reminder of the covenant. Interestingly, the original word for “bow” refers to the weapon used for shooting arrows, and this “bow” God placed in the clouds is aimed up, toward the heavens.


“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” -Isaiah 5:20

Human pride turns to debased thinking that accepts inner desires as good and right, disregarding what Creator God commands.

“Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” -Rom. 1:32

The passage refers to people of the same gender having sexual relations, but it also includes “gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish [morally], faithless, heartless, ruthless” (Rom. 1:29,30). That includes a few more people, doesn’t it?

In case you feel left out, a few verses later reads, “None is righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10).

Therefore, a rainbow perfectly represents a pride movement where people defiantly choose their own ways rather than God’s righteous ways. However, though we stand in rebellion against the Almighty God, He placed the bow aimed at Himself. Thousands of years before fulfillment, God demonstrated that the wrath our proud ways deserve would instead be poured out on the Holy One, Christ Jesus.

“But He was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; He was lashed—and we were healed.” -Isaiah 53:5 (TLB)

The rainbow, chosen as a symbol of pride, actually serves as a reminder that God is well aware that we stand in opposition to Him, and in response He says, “Come to Me.” We throw rocks at our Creator, mock the living God, sneer at the laws of the righteous Judge, and set ourselves up in place of the Most High. Yet He willingly says, “Let’s put that behind us.”

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” -Isaiah 55:7

Recently, images of rainbows appear everywhere. In seeing them, remember that in the midst of our arrogance and defiance God “is patient toward [us], not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Aligning ourselves with pride will only put us in opposition to God, for “God opposes the proud” (James 5:5). Instead, let us see rainbows as a call to humbly return to a gracious God.



One thought on “Why a Rainbow Fits the Pride Movement More Than Anyone Realizes

  1. Thank-you so much for this post. It really is word from God our Father and really helps to put things back into place from feelings of anger toward feeling of love and forgiveness.


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