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As 'Pride' Crowd Waves LGBT Flag This Month, Remember God's Original Purpose for the Rainbow

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Although gay pride has been celebrated toward the end of June for a few decades in more liberal enclaves of the United States and elsewhere, the treatment of this annual event as a “holiday,” as it were, as well as the entire concept of a “Pride Month” is relatively new.

Yet it has exploded in prominence.

Now, just as Easter is marked with pastels, Halloween with black and orange, and Christmas with red and green, the rainbow, long claimed by the LGBT movement as its symbol of “Pride,” dominates this new national tradition celebrating alternative sexual lifestyles and identities with a full month of pro-LGBT propaganda and corporate advertising campaigns.

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The ubiquitous Pride rainbow may be inextricably linked with homosexuality or other LGBT lifestyles for many moderns, but this has not, in fact, always been the case.

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Not only is the rainbow an important Judeo-Christian symbol of God’s mercy towards mankind, but it was also actually given to humanity, the Bible tells us, in the wake of the great, global judgement that occurred when mankind fell away from God’s righteousness.

In other words, when humans followed the whims of their own … pride.

Celebrating those whose sexual preferences or gender identities were not maligned by mainstream society now that the culture has more broadly embraced homosexuality and other alternative sexual lifestyles is what the Bible constantly tells us is what so often leads mankind to destruction.

Noah’s Ark is more than just a story that makes for fantastic Sunday School crafts. It is a key biblical narrative of God’s judgement and His grace towards humanity.

After Noah and his seven family members survived the 40 days and 40 nights of deluge aboard the ark, and then many more weeks afloat as the global flood slowly receded, God established a covenant with the family that would go on to repopulate the earth and spawn the nations from which we are all descended.

He signified this covenant with mankind by putting a symbol in the sky as a testament of His mercy — the rainbow.

Genesis 9:8-16 (ESV) reads:

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’

And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 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. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’

Last week, the third annual “Freedom March” was held in Washington by men and women who left the LGBT lifestyle after experiencing the love of Jesus Christ.

According to The Christian Post, marchers this year declared a “rainbow revival” as they praised the God who first put this beautiful symbol in the sky, the same God who gave His only son, Jesus Christ, to atone for all the sins of mankind, gay, straight or otherwise.

“We are taking back the rainbow,” said Angel Colon, who survived the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 and later gave his life to Christ and turned from his homosexual lifestyle, according to the Post. “It’s His. For us, it’s something beautiful.”

“We are here and we’re loud, letting the world know that the rainbow is something beautiful,” he also said. “And we shouldn’t be ashamed of what it really is.”

God, the Creator and Lord of the universe, created the rainbow as a symbol of his promise to mankind that he had given us a path to salvation.

As we see this symbol splashed across popular culture to celebrate and glorify the pride with which so many defy God and his design for sexuality, it is all the more important to restore its original purpose.

As there can be no mercy without judgment, the rainbow also reminds us of the judgment which is to come — and the urgency with which we must warn others of the only ark we have to survive that storm.

That is, the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must also remember that the same God who made the rainbow, established the covenant with Noah, and died as a man to set us free also created the men and women who now use his symbol to celebrate their sin.

Christians who warn the world that embracing homosexuality is a defiance of God’s laws are increasingly bullied, mocked, maligned and marginalized by mainstream society, just as tradition tells us that Noah was mocked for warning his peers of the coming flood.

The antediluvian world found out the hard way that Noah was right.

Are we going to leave today’s world to suffer in its sin, or will we take up the rainbow — and the calling of its Maker — to warn the world of the price humans may pay if they do not lay down their pride and seek Him while he can still be found?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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