Without the power to create—a power reserved for God alone—Satan is left only with the power to corrupt. I could come up with a long list of ways that Satan works to corrupt the works of God. Here are but a few:
- He turns the most holy, powerful, and hope-filled name in all creation, “Jesus,” into an expression of hopelessness.
- He takes the fair and glorious gift of music and diverts it from praise of God to praise of self.
- He uses the symbol of promise and covenant, the rainbow, for a mark of “Gay Pride.”
The rainbow was given to Noah and all of creation as a sign of an everlasting covenant—never again would God destroy the world with a flood. It is not a symbol of individual pride, but a reminder that when the sin of man grew large, God intervened and rescued us from our selves. The rainbow is a symbol of humility before a just and holy God who is jealous for our attention and love. It is a symbol of hope after the storm, from a gracious and loving God who was with us in that storm.
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you–the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you–every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” 17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Genesis 9:8-17 (NIV)
Take note of the fact that God’s covenant symbol is from Him, and also serves as a reminder to Him (not like He needs reminding).
It is time that we as Christians reclaim the rainbow from a symbol of selfish pride and arrogance toward God, to the symbol of covenant promise that God intended. I need the reminder in my own sin-filled life that there is a God who has rescued and redeemed me.