Tuesday, November 12, 2013
"I am giving you a sign as evidence of My eternal covenant
with you...I have placed My rainbow in the clouds."
The rainbow is a symbol of the mutual fidelity in our covenant with God.
You know the story.
Psst, mainliners can find it in Genesis 6-9.
Unlike Sunday School memories of the story and symbol, the rainbow has become a popular, politically correct, rallying insistence of "more light" than Biblical revelation juxtaposed to divinely designed human sexuality and marriage.
You know the story.
Psst, if you've been living in the ozone layer of reality and don't know it, just google rainbow.
Well, while thawing out and meeting with Hans in Davenport, Iowa last Thursday after 135 miles on my pony Return2, he suggested it's time for people who love God by the book to reclaim rainbows.
Then he asked if I would wear a rainbow pin if he bought one for me.
For the first time in a long time, I was speechless.
Eventually, I told him that I kinda like the idea buuuuuuut...
A day later, I was inspired/indigested - You be the judge if it suits ya! - to record "Marriage in the Family of Faith" which you can read by going to the right column of this site and clicking it on.
Two days later, I wrote to Hans: "This will be quick as I must head off to our first service. I have been praying about your vision about 'reclaiming' the rainbow as a symbol of the mutual fidelity in our covenant with God. While I will be away for the next two days for an anniversary getaway, I will write about this...and start a movement with you!"
Sooooooo I'm asking anyone by this KD who has more money than they need, which means God provided it for His purposes, to send tax deductible gifts to First Presbyterian Church (221 N. Main Street, Belvidere, Illinois 61008) designated for the "Reclaiming Rainbows" movement sooooooo we can, uh, reclaim rainbows as we find someone who will make rainbow pins with the word "Reclaim" on 'em for anyone who wants to, uh, reclaim the symbol by the book.
Parenthetically, after last night's deacons and elders meetings at First in which our session adopted unanimously "Marriage in the Family of Faith" (Hint!), two immediately interesting developments: (1) a deacon wrote to me after the meetings and said we can also be a distribution point for bumper stickers that already carry the message of Hans' vision; and (2) our clerk of session said he will buy a rainbow license plate frame for my pony. Uh, I'm into the first and thinking/praying/pondering/fretting the second!
Sooooooo if you're being nudged to share your $ to help get this movement started, well, uh, uh, uh,...get going!
I know Hans and I are gonna catch everything but heaven for this, so please indulge a few confessions.
1. Though I'm a heterosexual who has sinned often, confessed, and repented, I'm not a homophobe.
2. I've inherited, hired, ordained, and ministered well with gays for nearly four decades; just as I've inherited, hired, ordained, and ministered well with gossipers, thieves, liars, adulterers, idolaters, posers, hypocrites, and other miscreants of every kind like me who need Jesus as saving Lord no more nor no less than anyone else.
3. My decision to embrace Hans' vision as well as not preside/participate in same sex marriage rites has nothing to do with my emotional, intellectual, and spiritual advocacy of totally equal civil rights for gays along with their totally equal medical benefits, pension-sharing for domestic/civil partners/unions, and the outlawing of vocational discrimination related to sexual orientation.
I just can't, uh, openly go against my, uh, religion; and just because something's popular, politically correct, and lawful doesn't convince/compel me to contradict God's will as personified in Jesus and prescribed in Holy Scripture.
Joshua 24 and Luther come to mind.
Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei!
Blessings and Love!