Somewhere under a rainbow

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | Alphonso Ashworth, guest blogger | Pop Culture

Young and old, rich or poor will chase it for miles. Children marvel at its majesty. Some people believe there's a pot of gold at the end.

What causes a rainbow? Why can it only be seen by a person looking away from the sun at more than 42 degrees above the horizon? And how does this prism bring so much confusion about the order of God's grace and mercy?

The homosexual community has claimed the rainbow as a symbol of pride and peace. But peace with whom? Let's chew and allow this question to digest for a moment.

Genesis speaks of a time when mankind had become so wicked that God saw only eight souls on the earth worth saving. So He summoned a mighty flood not from above, but from the under realm, out of man's dominion. This served two purposes: 1. Man, blinded by sin, could not predict its coming, nor could he stop it from happening. But as always, 2. God provided an escape for his chosen, Noah and his family. Was Noah perfect? No. Was he deserving of some special privilege? Absolutely not. Noah followed through with an action, one God requires of all of us; he exercised obedience to God's laws.

I think we have digested long enough. So with whom is the homosexual community wanting to make peace? It can't be with the Creator of the rainbow. Nor can it be with those who worship Him. There cannot be peace with God if there is no obedience to His Word. Whether they understand this or not does not change the fact that even they are under God's law and His mercy and grace. But as longsuffering as He was in the days of Noah, His wrath was manifested by the fulfillment of His promise to punish those who failed to keep His commandments.

On a slightly different note, I extend a word to the wise: Don't believe the climate change gurus. There were plenty of these prognosticators during Noah's time as well. Noah preached, but the naysayers failed to heed his warning. What we know as believers is the rainbow represents a covenant with man that God will not break. He promised He would not destroy the earth with water ever again.

“I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;" --Genesis 9:11-12

God said it, and I believe it.

So don't simply be mesmerized by a rainbow alone. Stop and give praise to the One who gave it to all mankind as a sign.

As a teacher and a professional photographer, I am still amazed when I share a photograph of a rainbow under the cloak of darkness -- a "lunar rainbow" or a "moonbow" -- because it shows that God's promises know no boundaries. Darkness cannot overtake His authority.