DO NOT BE ALARMED.
WE MEAN YOU NO HARM.
BUT WE HAVE COME TO INVADE YOUR SAFE SPACE.
God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”
Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!
We are a self-obsessed people; preoccupied with our own “rights,” our own “freedoms,” and our own “causes.” We make a huge deal out of fighting oppression and voicing moral outrage when we can pretend we are the ones being oppressed. But when it is some other people group that our culture actually disregards, oppresses, and even destroys, we go with the multitude and either ignore their plight or participate in their unjust treatment.
No. We are not victims. We are not oppressed. We are a prideful, haughty people who pretend to hate oppression while we practice it ourselves. All our talk about loving people for who they are, is nothing but self-serving hypocrisy. We don’t really care about people simply because they are humans like us. We care for people when caring about them benefits us in some way. We do live in a culture of hate and oppression… but we’re too hypocritical to see it.
and others say that God cannot hate anything. The truth is, God is full of love and absolutely hates evil. He hates the oppression of the weak. He hates envy, pride, selfishness, and all the things that lead us to objectify and abuse one another. God hates the hands that shed innocent blood and He hates the prayer and worship of those who claim to know Him, but neglect justice and mercy. (Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13 Isaiah 1; Jeremiah 7; Amos 5; Luke 11; Matthew 23).
In fact, there was a point in history when our world had become such a cesspool of sin, violence, and wickedness of all kinds that God decided to destroy the earth with water and covered it with a flood.
After He poured out his wrath on mankind, destroying all but a single family, He extended grace, mercy, and hope to all future generations. He told the one family He rescued from the flood to populate the earth again and quite explicitly instructed them not to murder each other. He told them that anyone who killed an innocent person should be put to death because humans are made in God’s image (Genesis 9:6).
God appointed the rainbow to be a reminder of His promise to never again destroy the world with water. Instead of flood, He determined to send His law, His prophets, and ultimately His own Son who would pay the penalty for sin and rescue mankind from their slavery to death.
Today the world is overrun by wickedness again and we’ve taken the symbol of God’s grace and twisted it into a symbol of pride, and licentiousness. We are violent, abusive, sexually immoral, and greedy. We worship ourselves instead of our Creator. We don’t practice justice and mercy or love our neighbors as ourselves. We profane marriage through divorce, homosexuality, and adultery, and our children suffer the consequences. And beyond all this, we are a murderous people who kill our own children in service to ourselves.
Indeed, God has used sinful men to flood the earth with symbols of His patience and grace. Every time you see a “pride” rainbow, think of the long-suffering mercy of almighty God holding back his coming wrath; allowing you one more breath — one more chance to repent — one more moment to be forgiven and set free. God is showing you mercy right now, beckoning you to turn away from your sin and look upon Him.
Please don’t hate us for telling you the truth. We produced this tract because we love you and know that the “The Lord is not slow about His promise . . . but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:8-9). We were enemies of God once, and it was his grace that saved us and enabled us to follow Him. It would be hateful to withhold this truth from you and rob you of the chance to be washed clean and join us in the Kingdom of God. Today is the day of salvation. The coming judgement of God against sin will not tarry forever.