Pastor Scott Lively loves to incite others. He writes outrageous bunk like Pink Swastika to incite gays to angry words against him to bolster his self-image as a martyr. And he allegedly incites foreign national governments to persecute their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens so that LGBT people will say even angrier things about him, and he’ll feel even more elevated as a martyr.
The only thing Lively is likely to incite this time is claims of theft from Hutcherson. Hutcherson has been on a rainbow rant since 2010.
Both men begin by bemoaning gays’ adoption of “God’s” rainbow as a symbol for LGBT unity in diversity, and then follow up with a plea to their followers to “take the rainbow back” as a means of asserting religious control over cultural symbols.
Back in April of 2012, Hutcherson began his article by stating:
Rainbows used to mean something very different than they do today. It used to be understood as the sign God put in the sky to remind us that even when He’s angry about sin, He’d never again destroy the earth with a global flood. But of course, that’s not what most people associate a rainbow with today. …When was the sign pointing to God’s promise intentionally co-opted to point to a certain lifestyle choice?
Hutcherson then proposed the following:
So what is it going to take to wake up this sleeping beauty known as the Bride of Christ? Do we not see what is at stake? Don’t we understand that if our symbols can be hijacked, so too can everything else we hold dear? The rainbow is only one example of many where the church has passively sat by and allowed others to redraw lines on the playing field. Linguistic redistricting is a pet peeve of mine, so don’t even get me started about terms like “tolerance,” “justice” and “love.” Those fish will be fried at a later date. But for now, I have a simple proposition: Let’s take the rainbow back.
Similarly, Lively opined yesterday:
Even now the rainbow has come to be associated with the homosexual agenda. …The rainbow belongs to God and was created by Him as a symbol of His authority over creation. Revelation 4:3 describes a rainbow around His throne in heaven. Genesis 9:13-15 declares that He placed the rainbow in the sky as a promise to never again punish the earth by flood.
Lively then made a proposal that would have sounded very familiar to its original author, Ken Hutcherson. Lively said:
This article is a call to Christians and Jews (and Moslems — who also revere the book of Genesis ) to take back the rainbow from the “gays.” I am urging pro-family leaders and advocates everywhere to start using the rainbow again, especially in ways that clearly link the symbol to Biblical opposition to the “gay” agenda, or which remind the world of its true meaning. One way to do this is to create our own rainbow flags and banners bearing the slogan “The Rainbow Belongs to God: Genesis 6-9, 19” or a similar message.
One anti-LGBT pastor stealing from another. What’s the moral of that story?