Somewhere under the rainbow…..Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet….
I see them everywhere. Rainbow colors. They are not thought of as the marker to a pot of gold. They are rarely connected to unicorns anymore, They are, it seems, the new representative of the unspoken acceptance of a now “legal” lifestyle.
So many folks have washed their Facebook profile pictures with this rainbow flag symbol.
We are it seems, awash in the rainbow spirit. Are you “fer it or agin it?” Whichever side is chosen, there will be arguments. There will be stands taken. There will be anger. There will be joy. There is the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. There will be divisions. It is the the world we live in.
But wait there’s more……….
Somewhere under the rainbow another battle begins on an emotional, historical, and very real issue to so many. It’s an exorcism in the making. I sit in awe and wonder. I am saddened. I am not surprised. A reason to rise and fight is often robed in many symbols. I do not have the energy to judge it… I just observe the battle raging. It will get uglier.
We are it seems, awash in the rebel spirit. Are you “fer it or agin it?” Whichever side is chosen, there will be arguments. There will be stands taken. There will be anger. There will be joy. There is the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. There will be divisions. It is the the world we live in.
And why do we fight…
Well here is my deal.. I am created in the image of God. Therefore His character and His characteristics reside in me. When I recognize that, and live that, and honor that… my life is more often filled with joy, with peace, with a desire to live in unity.
Here then are my 2 takeaways from all of this flag waving.
1. John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” the counterpoint… live in the spirit of division and people won’t know anything about God and His purpose for those who love Him……or those He desires to be with.
2. Symbols have power. Symbols do represent what people believe… because God set up symbols before me… it is what God does… it is part of His character… I am in that image, so are you.. I believe.. Why else would folks fight over a flag or a color scheme? Genesis 9:13. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.
May you find peace under the rainbow. May you know the covenant Maker.
Oh, yeah…. what the heck in indigo anyway?