Letter to the editor: The true meaning of the rainbow

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  (Genesis 9:13)

God made a promise to His people that He would never again destroy the earth by flood. The rainbow is clearly a symbol of God’s promise to His people.

The rainbow flag, sometimes referred to as the ‘freedom flag’ was popularized as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and diversity. This is not the true meaning of the rainbow, nor should it be acceptable to use the rainbow in this manner. I wonder, when asked the meaning of the rainbow today, how many of our younger generation could give a true definition, reciting the story of Noah and the Ark in the Bible? The story of how the world was so full of sin that God told Noah to build an ark by exact dimension, capable of housing one male and one female of every species (so they could flourish and reproduce to once again fill the world) after He destroyed the entire earth and the sinful people who occupied it? Or sadly, would the rainbow flag be the first thing to come to mind?

Likewise, for some, the great state of Colorado is associated with a marijuana leaf; for me, Colorado will always be a picture of majestic mountains and blue skies, crystal clear streams and fat cows in knee deep grass.

Are these just signs of the times? I’m really not sure, but one thing I am completely certain of is that the rainbow is a gift and a promise from God and should be held in highest regard, worthy of our honor and respect.   

In love,

Amy Dean