Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

Is there anybody that doesn’t like the movie “The Wizard of Oz”?   I still love to watch it. It reminds me of a simpler time and it touches on a great theme of life that there is “no place like home.”   In the movie Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, sings a great song about hope amidst life’s trials, entitled, “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” The song reflects Dorothy’s dream for a better day, a better place, and a bright hope for the future.

The rainbow has spoken to countless generations, both then and now, about hope for the future. The beautiful colors of the rainbow, following a storm, were a kiss from the heavens reminding us that life is worth living. And while many may have forgotten it, the rainbow was created by the Lord in Genesis 9 to be a reminder of His Covenant. The rainbow was a declaration that the Lord was full of love and mercy for the world. The rainbow was the good news or Gospel that the Lord forgives sin and gives new life and resurrection to people like Noah, his family, and all who believe in Him.
In the last 50 years or so, the rainbow has come to take on a variety of other meanings that have nothing to do with Dorothy’s hope for a better day or the Biblical understanding of Covenant. People have used the rainbow as a rallying symbol for various political movements all over the world. This surely has been the case for the gay community, who sees in the rainbow a symbol of hope that their sexual diversity will be accepted by society.  As a result, for many people today, the rainbow is more about a sexual and political agenda than the Lord’s redeeming love.

So when the United States Supreme Court legalized gay marriage this past Friday on June 24, it is not surprising that the rainbow symbol burst forth in media and social networks all over the world. The rainbow was a symbol of their victory in the long quest to bring about sexual equality and diversity for everyone. Even President Obama and the White House joined in the celebration that Friday night by displaying colored lights of the rainbow against the backdrop of the White House.

However, the problem with this celebration of gay marriage through the rainbow is that the true meaning of both was lost.  The Lord intended the rainbow to be a symbol of His Covenant love for the world. That Covenant is pictured in the institution of marriage between a man and woman. Nothing else can replace that truth. Marriage is ultimately about the Lord’s love and plan for the world, not our love for others, our sexual freedom, or any other attempt at redefining anything.

Amidst all of this controversy and confusion, the Lord has spoken in an amazing way that no one ever dreamed. The Lord Jesus said that His return would happen in a period that was similar to the days of Noah, according to Matthew 24:37. In other words, when President Obama lit up the White House with the colors of the rainbow, he officially confirmed to the world that we are living in the days of Noah and that our Lord's return is near. Our Lord’s love for His Bride is the ultimate goal of marriage. It is the love we have been designed to experience and enjoy in a world of counterfeits. It is a love truly worth finding.