Whether you think of hippies or ones that identify as LGBT when you hear the term “Rainbow People,” let’s face it. The church and world hasn’t responded well to either historically- mostly in judgement and hate. We would do good to remember what the rainbow originally was a picture of: MERCY. And remember that it is only because of mercy that we are able to be saved ourselves!
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them…But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:32,35-37
My prayer is that the church will mature in this kind of love towards all people, especially those considered to be “rainbow people.” Why you ask? It is the way of the kingdom of God-it’s a foundation. We all were first loved by God, even when we hated God. Jesus came not to condemn the world but ready to forgive and demonstrate love by His death. Who are we to not extend the same kind of love to others that we ourselves have freely received? Not only is this God’s value and way, but I believe we need it for what’s coming.
I’ve been reading up on some history concerning the Jesus People Movement that occurred in America in the 60s. This radical charismatic revival majorly hit those at the time that were outcast, rebellious, and misunderstood by society and the church(sound familiar?). But God is rich in mercy and longs for all to come to know Him. He began to touch dramatically many young people, one of which was Lonnie Frisbee. This young guy became a key part in birthing the Vineyard Movement, Calvary Chapel Movement, and fueling the fire of the Holy Spirit with the Jesus People Movement. But guess what. At the age of 43, he died of AIDS. He definitely wasn’t a perfect vessel, but God still used him greatly!
A documentary on his life stated that “his early testimony at Calvary Chapel was that he had come out of the homosexual lifestyle, but he felt like a leper because a lot of people turned away from him after that, so he took it out of his testimony.” He knew that the sexual behavior was wrong, but feeling rejected and not having support from those around you makes the battle even harder. Hopefully, we will learn from our mistakes as a church and grow in mercy and compassion for those that struggle with this. We need to learn to steward not only people well, but also what God is going to do through these ones well.
WHAT GOD IS SAYING NOW
We’ve received many prophetic words and dreams from various people and prophets over decades that God is going to birth a NEW JESUS MOVEMENT! It’s been stated that just as the hippies were to the Jesus movement, the LGBT Community will be to the next Jesus movement. This will be the greatest harvest in American history. 100,000 getting saved from the LGBT community to become worshippers and intercessors will shake this Nation and birth I believe a wave of righteousness and purity in this generation. Come on Jesus!!
But let’s get real for a moment…this will be messy. God could radically save and deliver each one. We all know that salvation is a life-long process and not a one time thing that happens. The biblical interpretation is that we have been saved, are being saved, and will be saved ultimately when He returns. Each one of us is still human and wrapped in sinful flesh so temptation is going to come. Attractions may or may not necessarily ever change for these converts; every person that gets saved of this 100,000 just might not get married. Do we as a church yet have a grid for walking with former homosexuals that get saved yet stumble horribly along the way? Do we know how to show grace to these as we do those that are liars, gossipers, addicts, or full of pride? Nothing ever looks like what we expect. But God is good and is our only hope to bring this all to pass. By His Spirit, all things are possible and He alone is able to complete all that He begins. But I want to help the process and partner with what He’s going to be doing…I believe we will all grow in mercy, love, and the fear of the Lord through all of this. Will you believe and pray with me for God’s word to come to pass? Will you join me in growing in love and mercy to prepare for this harvest–to be a rainbow person?
LEAVE A COMMENT – SHARE YOUR STORY
Do you have people in your life that make it difficult to show love and mercy to? How do you grow in doing this? Do you believe that this word can occur? What do we need to do as a church to be ready for this harvest?