Irony in the term “Rainbow Pride”

I just returned from San Francisco, California. There you constantly hear about “Rainbow Pride,” the watchword of the LGBTQ community. But while I was there, it struck me how ironic that phrase is. So what is the irony in the term “Rainbow Pride?”


Not only is there irony in the term Rainbow Pride, but also in the name of the state California itself. No one knows where the name came from or how it was that the Spainish explorers chose this name for the western coast of the American contenent.

It appears to come from a spanish derivation of the Arabic word Kalif – the leader of the Islamic Caliphate. California, then, was to be the “land of the Caliph.” Now what possible reason would the Spanish have for naming a huge tract of land after a former hated conqueror? It doesn’t make sense.

However, once Joel Richardson wrote his New York Times bestseller, Islamic Antichrist, a possible meaning becomes clearer. Were the explorers unknowingly naming it for the coming Caliph, the coming Antichrist? Maybe. It is an intriguing theory, and given California’s recent, consistent rejection of Jesus and Christianity, the theory has become even more interesting.

Irony of “Pride”

Pride is a source of sin. Eve’s original temptation was to be like God and have His knowledge of good and evil. The LGBTQ community’s rejection of the biblical definition of homosexuality as sin is a strange parallel to Eve’s first sin. It is a temptation to define what is good and what is evil for ourselves rather than accepting God’s absolute truth on the matter.

So when the LGBTQ community claims the term  “Pride” for itself, it is a prideful rejection of God’s Word and a statement that “we shall be like God, knowing good from evil” – choosing our own “good and evil.”

“Pride” is claimed in a boastful manner as if it were a virtue, but the irony of that claim is that it is an admission of sin! Pride is a sin afterall.  And a source of destruction!

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling (Prov. 16:18)

Irony of the “Rainbow”

The topic of destruction brings us to the irony of the term “Rainbow.” Originally developed in the San Francisco area by artist Gibert Baker, the “gay, rainbow pride” flag is a symbol of the diversity of the LGBTQ community. However, what escapes almost all attention is that the “rainbow” is also a symbol of coming destruction.

The rainbow is, and has always been, God’s symbol. After the world-wide flood in Noah’s day, God made a covenant with mankind. The Noahic Covenant was that God would never again destroy the world with water.

Inherent in that promise, however, was the fact that God’s next destruction of the world would come with fire not water.

The world at that time was destroyed being flooded with water.  But by His Word, the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. (2 Pet  3:6-7)

So every rainbow that appears in the sky is a reminder of the original Wrath of God poured out in a world-wide flood, and the promise that God will never destroy it in that way again. But also inherent in that rainbow is the sure promise that God will destroy the world and ungodly men again. But this time His Wrath will come  by fire.

The LGBTQ community could not have picked a more frightening symbol! It is a claim of a sure and certain destruction unless there is repentance, a turning from sin, and an acknowledgement that Jesus is Lord over all – and that we are NOT.

What Shall We Do?

Because of the LGBTQ’s radical agenda and attempts to remove the freedom of religion from the nations of the world (in order to enhance the “rightness” of their sexual choices), Christians have wrongly chosen the LGBTQ as their enemies. This is not what Jesus would have us do.

They are bearers of the image of God in the same way as you are. And all of us once walked in disobedience as well!

Therefore conduct your members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the Wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked. (Col. 3:6-7)

We are all sinners apart from the blood of Jesus. We should not become “Prideful” ourselves and think that we have done anything to deserve God’s mercy. We have not! Jesus paid it all on our behalf – and on the behalf of those still living in sinful patterns.

And if they will but claim that forgiveness and turn from their wicked ways they too will be saved. And that is our calling, to share the good news of this salvation. We aren’t going to accomplish this by separating ourselves or fightinng against those who disagree with us or even those who persecute us.

No, we are called to love them as Jesus loved us and gave his life for us.

Irony of the term “Rainbow Pride”

So in conclusion, everytime I hear the term “Rainbow Pride,” I think of how ironic it is. It’s an admission of sin (Pride) and a reminder of coming destruction.

So let us spur each other on to love and good deeds, and even all the more as we see the Day approaching. Every time you hear the term, “Rainbow Pride,” I pray that you are reminded of that coming fiery judgment and that you express the love and truth of Jesus to those who claim this destruction, unknowingly.


4 thoughts on “Irony in the term “Rainbow Pride””

  1. Hello Nelson. I just returned from Zambia and the DRC this morning, and your article reminds me that I also spoke to the Congolese about the love of God for homosexuals, since Jesus died for all sinners. But he does hate the sin.

    Very interestingly, the word used in Hebrew for the LGBT community is “gay’im”, the same word as for pride! As the NT says, they glory, take pride in in their shame.

    1. Now that is truly interesting Howard. The scriptural references you make are on the money. And yes, we are all sinners without the blood of Jesus. Praise God for the opportunity to minister in central Africa.

  2. Nelson, this is a very timely post. My niece just posted a pro-gay pride piece on Facebook. I showed it to my husband and he reminded me that we should look at it as a prayer request for her and those trapped in deception. Thanks for the reminder.

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