How “Pride” Month Became a Religious Holiday

The month of June hadn’t even begun yet when Donald Trump became the first Republican president to express his support for LGBT Pride Month. On May 31, President Trump tweeted about celebrating LGBT Pride Month and how we should “recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation . . .”

The rest of America soon followed his lead, as people across the country posted rainbow flag banners on their Facebook pages and almost every company in the nation rushed, as Newsweek wrote, to be “among the companies celebrating inclusion, equality and love for LGBT Pride Month.”

How did we get to the point where celebrating homosexuality and transgenderism became a month-long event that rivals Christmas?

The roots of LGBT Pride Month extend back to the Gay Pride Marches that began in New York City in 1970 as a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan the previous year. The original march was more of a protest than a celebration, says German Lopez. “There were thousands of people, but there were no floats, music, or scantily dressed men,” Lopez adds. “Marchers instead carried signs, chanted, and waved to reportedly surprised onlookers.”

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Joe Carter | “How LGBT Pride Month Became a Religious Holiday” | June 26, 2019


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  1. LGBT is a secret message to remind us:


    And every man a liar

    Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
    Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
    Matthew Henry

    God’s words shall be accomplished, his purposes performed, and all his ends answered, though there be a generation that by their unbelief go about to make God a liar. Let God be true but every man a liar; let us abide by this principle, that God is true to every word which he has spoken, and will let none of his oracles fall to the ground, though thereby we give the lie to man; better question and overthrow the credit of all the men in the world than doubt of the faithfulness of God. What David said in his haste (Psa 116:11), that all men are liars, Paul here asserts deliberately. Lying is a limb of that old man which we every one of us come into the world clothed with. All men are fickle, and mutable, and given to change, vanity and a lie (Psa 62:9), altogether vanity, Psa 39:5. All men are liars, compared with God. It is very comfortable, when we find every man a liar (no faith in man), that God is faithful. When they speak vanity every one with his neighbour, it is very comfortable to think that the words of the Lord are pure words, Psa 12:2, Psa 12:6. For the further proof of this he quotes Psa 51:4, That thou mightest be justified, the design of which is to show, 1. That God does and will preserve his own honour in the world, notwithstanding the sins of men. 2. That it is our duty, in all our conclusions concerning ourselves and others, to justify God and to assert and maintain his justice, truth, and goodness, however it goes. David lays a load upon himself in his confession, that he might justify God, and acquit him from any injustice. So here, Let the credit or reputation of man shift for itself, the matter is not great whether it sink or swim; let us hold fast this conclusion, how specious soever the premises may be to the contrary, that the Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Thus is God justified in his sayings, and cleared when he judges (as it is Psa 51:4), or when he is judged, as it is here rendered. When men presume to quarrel with God and his proceedings, we may be sure the sentence will go on God’s side.

  2. I don’t love the source. …

    Carter says, “Today, the American people fly a rainbow flag, wear an “ally” pin, or change their social media avatars to show they observe LGBT Pride Month. In doing so, they show they’ve bent the knee to the LGBT cause and will not incur their wrath that will be poured out those who are not “affirming.” We should expect such submissive behavior from corporations, who have uncritically adopted “woke capitalism.” We can also expect it from government agencies, such as U.S. embassies, since they are often overseen by LGBT-affirming presidents, like Clinton, Obama, and ((Trump)). Corporations and governments can be absolved for showing their support for anti-Christian causes. But what excuse do Christians have?”
    We also seem more worried about the judgment of the kids in the youth ministry than we do with the judgment of a wrathful and holy God. We are so troubled by the thought that LGBT-friendly advocates will fall away from the faith that we fail to see that they’ve already rejected the faith of historic, orthodox Christianity and replaced it with an idolatrous heresy—one that is as destructive and hateful as any that has come before.
    We do not love our neighbor when we tell them they can continue to engage in unrepentant rebellion against God. We cannot continue with the “go along to get along” mentality that is leading those we claim to love to destruction. If we truly love our LGBT neighbors, we must speak the Word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31). We may have to accept the fact that those who have fallen away may not ever return, but we shouldn’t lead them to hell because we are too craven to tell them the gospel requires repentance.“

    Contrasted with references to TGC’s founder (worth basic consideration):

    “Reading Tim Keller’s Center Church was a large reason why I began to think of the LGBTQ+ community as a distinct cultural group—which is the foundation of much of my work (especially at the first two Revoice conferences) and a significant theme of my life. His discussion of contextualization and missiology is, perhaps surprisingly, one of the biggest reasons why I call myself gay, why I began to consider my sexuality to be an aspect of my identity, why I feel such a strong connection to LGBTQ+ people, culture, and history.
    I quoted him [Tim Keller] extensively throughout those breakout sessions at the first two Revoice conferences, and his work has irrevocably shaped me as I continue to write and speak about faith LGBTQ+ experience now. So it is especially painful (and perhaps a bit ironic) to [see] him publicly and harshly distance himself from the Side B community, because his work has been the catalyst for so much Side B thought and cultural formation over the past several years.” – Grant Hartley

    “At our Identity in Christ conference with Tim & Kathy Keller in June 2018 we launched our Living Out Church Audit – a tool to help church leadership teams answer this key question: how (((biblically inclusive))) is your church? Unsurprisingly our focus is on those who might identify as LGBTQ+…”

    “Nate Collins: Things I would have never imagined seeing: Tim Keller providing cover for legalism.
    Scott Sauls: Nate, this is terribly unfair.”

    “Kevin Twit: Excellent article about Presbyterian Church in America, Beautiful Orthodoxy PCA, Tim Keller
    Nate Collins: This makes me sad.
    Kevin Twit: I suspect the lack of nuance about Side B for starters. But I know his view is more nuanced than expressed in this piece.”

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