The organization Answers in Genesis has done something that just might gain more attention to their cause of promoting the gospel of Christ than their Creation Museum, life-sized Noah’s Ark replica, or even the highly publicized debate between founder Ken Ham and notorious anti-Christian entertainer Bill Nye. The Christian ministry headquartered in Petersburg, Kentucky, has elected to re-appropriate the imagery of the rainbow to its origins. And the well-funded, highly-influential LGBT political lobby is none too pleased.
A little history is in order to fully understand the controversy. For the Biblically literate – a number that is tragically falling in a civilization whose roots are inextricably intertwined with the sacred text – the rainbow first appeared following the Noahic flood of Genesis as God’s eternal promise to never again destroy the world by water. The great flood – or “cataclysm” as the original language refers to it – was God’s righteous retribution against a world that had turned unimaginably corrupt and wicked to the point where, “Every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5).
When the waters receded from the Earth, God put the rainbow in the sky as a sign of His everlasting covenant with man. And for thousands of years after that event, the rainbow remained a visual reminder of God’s promise. Then, in 1976, during the emergence of the homosexual pride movement, the rainbow took on an entirely different meaning thanks to a sexual predator-turned-politician named Harvey Milk and a drag queen who called himself “Busty Ross,” Gilbert Baker.
Baker claimed the rainbow was a perfect emblem for those with non-heterosexual desires because, “it really fits our diversity in terms of race, gender, ages, all of those things. Plus, it’s a natural flag – it’s from the sky.”
And so for the last four decades the imagery of the rainbow has been associated with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and now transgendered sexual activity. It’s a shocking misappropriation of the symbol: what God intended as a sign of His promise to never destroy the world again for its depravity, American culture has hijacked as a representation of our “pride” in depravity.
And the flagrant display of such arrogant pride has not likely gone unnoticed by God. You might recall that following the Supreme Court’s legalization of so-called “gay marriage” back in 2015, President Obama decided to celebrate by flying the proverbial finger at Heaven when he illuminated the White House in rainbow lights. If they hadn’t yet realized it before that moment, believers in the truth of Genesis were forced to acknowledge that they were God’s people once again living as exiles in Babylon.
That analogy has only become more appropriate as many who casually wear the name of Christ in our culture have chosen the spirit of the age, adopting rainbow avatars on their social media accounts in some vain effort to show solidarity with sexual rebellion to God.
But Answers in Genesis has apparently had enough of the capitulating and compromising attitude of those who at least superficially profess belief in the Bible. And so, in an answer to former President Obama and his allies who surreptitiously appropriated the rainbow for their manmade causes, the group has permanently installed rainbow lights to illuminate the magnificent Ark Encounter attraction in northern Kentucky.
Without animosity or rancor, AiG’s front-man Ken Ham announced on Facebook, “The Ark is lit permanently at night with a rainbow to remind the world that God owns it and He decreed it’s a sign of His covenant with man after the Flood—Christians need to take back the rainbow as we do at the Ark Encounter.”
Unsurprisingly, LGBT activists have lashed out with headlines like those screamed from the pages of Orlando weekly: “This is Ken Ham’s sad attempt to take back the rainbow symbol from the LGBTQ community.”
An effort “take it back” and reappropriate it to its rightful origin? No question.
But a “sad attempt?” Only in the sense that it has to be done in the first place. May God continue to bless Ham and all those at AiG concerned with faithfulness to the Word of God, and not with tickling the itching ears of foolish men.