Well-known creationist Ken Ham has lit his massive Ark Encounter exhibit in rainbow lights in an effort to reclaim for the Christian faith the blend of colors that is today most closely associated with the gay-pride movement.
In a press release on the display, Ham wrote that “the rainbow stands as a poignant reminder that God keeps His promises,” adding, “Despite the wickedness in the world, God has not sent another global Flood to destroy all flesh.”
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“In recent times the rainbow (albeit with some different colors) has come to represent something far different,” he explained. “To many people it means freedom, love, pride, a new era, and, specifically, the LGBTQ movement.”
In Genesis 9:16, as part of the story of Noah’s Ark, the rainbow, which appeared in the sky after the flood, is described as a reminder of the “everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
But Ham fears that legacy has been forgotten in today’s society:
Sadly, people ignore what God intended the rainbow to represent and proudly wave rainbow-colored flags in defiance of God’s command and design for marriage. Because of this, many Christians shy away from using the rainbow colors.
But the rainbow was a symbol of God’s promises before the LGBTQ movement — and will continue to be after that movement has ended.
In response to the cultural shift, Ham is using the Ark Encounter, which opened in Williamstown, Kentucky, in July, to make a statement.
“As Christians, we need to take the rainbow back,” he said, “and teach our young people its true meaning.”
Ham is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis, a nonprofit organization that specializes in Christian apologetics and advocates for a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis, particularly when it comes to the creation of the earth.