Raised under a strict Christian upbringing, there’s one little song that my mum taught me as a little girl. Moving to Australia not too long after, I was able to sing the English version of it too.
The melody was pure and the lyrics simple:
Who made the beautiful rainbow?
I know, I know.
God made the beautiful rainbow,
That’s why I love Him so.
Last year, I took great pride in teaching it to the twinions, feeling like I had passed something on to the next generation, kinda thing.
This past weekend, as I watched my Facebook feed light up with rainbow colours, that song came back to my mind and how this time, it had a whole brand new and exciting meaning.
I wish every Christian fundamentalist who was against marriage equality could see beyond the black and white of what depicts a “Christian marriage” – a sanctimonious right exclusively between a man and a woman.
I also wish people would look back at history and see that marriage came into existence long before it was a Christian concept. That in fact, for centuries prior to Christianity, marriage was a business transaction; it was a symbol of social status.
It was a way to make sure the assets you and your family had – livestock, dowries, housing – would safely and rightfully stay put.
As a Christian who truly believes that God is about love, I don’t think marriage is about gender. If it was, then it’s only based on human interpretation.
No doubt that last sentence will upset a lot of Christians. So be it.
What is consistent and stated with complete clarity is that God is also about complete and unconditional acceptance; that He created all men (and women) equal.
That He also created the beautiful rainbow with equality; with the same freedom and right to love.
Joining Essentially Jess for #IBOT