June has arrived, and with it has come a slew of “Pride Month” initiatives, with rainbow-colored insignias plastering everything from bumper stickers to retailers’ windows. Clothing, banners, advertisements…. It seems to be everywhere you look. Admittedly, we live in a pretty sheltered place in a fairly conservative state. But even with that, we are inundated. This week, my daughter was banned from a game platform for a comment that expressed an anti-LGBTQ point of view while the others in the same chat announced they were gay and asked about hooking up. And as we sat in a restaurant, the man sitting next to us sported a pink blouse, short white pleated skirt, and pink high-heeled shoes.

Pride Month Normalizes Sin

Our country has an entire month dedicated to expressing Pride in the deception and lies of the Enemy. And while there is a concerted effort to normalize sin, the man recognized throughout time as the wisest person who ever lived, stated, “Pride goes before a destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18). Consequently, Dictionary.com’s top definition of Pride is “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.” And yet, Pride is the word headlining the LGBTQ agenda, along with the symbol of a rainbow.

Do You Remember What the Rainbow Represents in the Bible?

Have you stopped to look at the symbol of the rainbow recently? Let’s not forget why God gave the rainbow to Noah. The story of Noah begins with tragedy. “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5)

Noah, however, was a righteous man who walked with God. Noah stepped out in obedience, going against the tide of rampant sin that surrounded him, and built a boat and filled it with food. The animals came, and God closed the door, sealing them into a place of safety where the coming destruction would not touch them. I can’t imagine how it would feel to watch as God destroyed the entire world while you were kept safe.

You might think that Noah would have taken Pride because he alone was righteous. He alone was good enough to obey God and be saved. But no. Noah understood who God was, and rather than patting himself on the back for his goodness when Noah exited the ark, he built an altar and sacrificed to the Lord. He worshiped God, His Creator, Savior, and Sustainer in humility. God made a covenant with Noah that day. He placed His rainbow in the sky as a sign to Noah that when those clouds built up in the sky and the rain began to fall, Noah would know that God would not destroy the Earth with a flood again. The rainbow was a symbol of promise and hope in God.

After the Flood, Sin and Pride Remained

After the flood, unfortunately, the heart of mankind remained evil. Filled with Pride, people continued to disobey God, thinking they knew better than God. The pages of scripture tell the story of what happened after the flood. It’s not a pretty picture. But it clearly points to our need for a Savior. Today, mankind is still filled with Pride, thinking we can do what we want without consequences. But there are always consequences to sin.

Solomon knew this when he wrote that Pride goes before destruction. Why is this true? Because Pride thinks highly of oneself. Pride is arrogant and self-serving, demanding recognition. We see the opposite in Jesus, who came to rescue us from the tide of rampant sin that still plagues this Earth. Jesus was a humble servant, putting the will of His Father first. He spent His time on Earth relieving suffering, giving selflessly, and then sacrificially and humbly giving Himself as the sacrifice for mankind’s sin. While Pride leads to destruction, the humility of Jesus opened the path to life.

The Challenge of Pride Month for Parents

As parents, we have the challenge of directing our children through the quagmire of life in America today. While the rainbow symbol has been usurped and the Enemy tries to attach it to something destructive, God gave us the rainbow as a sign of life. As the summer storms come and we tend to see rainbows far more often, let’s take the time to talk to our kids about the rainbow and why God gave it to us. Interesting that, scientifically, the rainbow is simply bent and reflected light. Jesus is the Light of the World, and we are to reflect His light. So truly, His people are to be rainbows in the world, a thing of beauty that shines gloriously and reflects the giver of Life.

And, as parents, let’s not be afraid to speak the truth to our kids. We are called to love those in the world around us, no matter what sin they choose. How will the world see the light of Jesus in us if we do not act in love? But, acting in love does not mean we do not recognize the Enemy’s deception. So, when you see people like the man we saw in pink high heels, it’s o.k. to talk to your kids about how the Enemy has deceived him and how Jesus still loves him. Of course, they need to understand the lies of the Enemy. But even more, they need to know the truth of Jesus. For Jesus, in all His strength and humility, is the only hope for lost people in this world.

By: Melissa Hubler