Were you as surprised as I was to learn that the rainbow is the symbol of gay pride (according to a story in The Sun News)? When did that happen? Where have I been? Who knew? I just put a rainbow decal on the back window of my car. Since I'm not part of the gay community, I guess I'd better replace it with "My dog is smarter than your honor student!" or those cute family stick people - but there are only two of us; that won't work.
It's obvious why any group would want to adopt the rainbow as its symbol. It is so beautiful. To those readers who don't know the origin of the rainbow, allow me to share it.
In the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, Noah, a man who loved God and obeyed him, was told by God to built an ark. God gave him explicit instructions, because he (God) was going to cover the entire Earth with a flood as a result of man's wickedness. So Noah, being the obedient man that he was, built the ark and brought his family and two of all living creatures along with him. Long story short, the ark was loaded, God shut it, it rained a lot for 40 days, it stopped raining, the ark touched dry ground and everyone got out. Hooray!
God then spoke to Noah promising that 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. (Gen 9:11) Whenever a rainbow appears God will see it and remember his promise to all of mankind. (Gen 9:16)
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Maybe I'll leave the rainbow decal on the car.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.