Pride Month May Be Over, But Pride Is Not
Annually, Christians and conservatives dread June, better known now as Pride Month. For 30 days (give or take), the LGBT agenda is strongly at work and overwhelming visuals are forced upon us all. In June, the rainbows are inescapable. However, what many (surprisingly) fail to recognize is that the end of Pride Month is not the end of pride.
Those actively fighting against it may be painfully aware of this, but many others — especially those on the fence — hardly bother approaching the matter once the displays have been taken down and the parades are over. What has become apparent is that it’s so easy to be distracted by the flamboyance of June that many don’t notice how much the other 11 months have been affected.
It turns out every single month has one — or multiple — established LGBT national holidays or awareness days. And no, I am not exaggerating. According to GLAAD’s LGBT community calendar, there are at least 49 LGBT or LGBT-related holidays celebrated throughout the calendar year. On the GLAAD calendar, there are three in February, five in March (also Bisexual Awareness Month), six in April, five in May, eight in June (also Pride Month), two in July, two in August, three in September, nine in October (also LGBT History Month), three in November, and three in December. Oh, and I didn’t forget January. I guess GLAAD needs to update its calendar for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is now apparently an LGBT thing since it recognizes the homosexuals involved in the genocide. I’m sure they’ll get to it later.
Part of me feels sorry for forcing that information on those reading this article. Some may think, “I was better off not knowing any of that existed.” But this would prove my point. Sure, ignorance is bliss, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is reality. We would rather think June is the worst month we have to deal with, but it would seem the insufferableness of June has clouded over the fact that the LGBT agenda has now infected all 12 months. Arguably, all 365 days. Ignoring this fact is not going to fix anything.
This information is not reason to sit back and grieve the brokenness of this world and the stronghold the enemy has on it. Christians already knew the world was broken; they knew the enemy was prowling around like a lion ready to devour. Every culture has weaknesses, and Satan is making the most of this LGBT movement. But that is why our grievance, while reasonable, is not to stop us from boldly proclaiming truth. Being aware of how bad this problem is should help us do so. Jeremiah 20:9 says, “His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”
Further encouragement is found in John 16:33, which states, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” No matter the trials of this earthly life, we serve a Savior who has secured victory. When reading how LGBT takes up much of the year with celebrations of sinful practices, it can feel as though they have overcome the masses. It can feel as though their army is overwhelming. But don’t be discouraged.
The Bible demonstrates how God often uses the unlikely to accomplish His purposes. God called upon David, a shepherd boy, to take down the giant Goliath. He called upon Moses, a man with a stutter, to lead Israel out of exile and to the promised land. He used Paul, previously a persecutor of the church, to comprise much of the New Testament and serve prominently in and for the church. He uses sinners like you and me to continue the mission of the kingdom of heaven even today.
1 John 2:16 says, “For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — comes not from the Father but from the world.” January through December, death is the only thing Satan can offer to the world. But from now and through eternity, Jesus gives us life. January through December, Satan offers the world anxiety, depression, fear, and lies — and no remedy for such things. But from now and through eternity, Jesus gives us grace, hope, love, and joy that transcends our earthly struggles. No matter what we endure, we know this is not our home, and the day is near in which He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death shall be no more (Revelation 21:4.)
These are dichotomies between the world and the believer — and only a few of the many among us. This is to help us remember: our hope is not in this world. Our hope is in Jesus. If every month was Pride Month, Jesus still won. Even if every day was “Pride Day,” Jesus still won. This victory over pride was accomplished in what we read in Philippians 2:7-8, that He “emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being formed in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Jesus conquered pride with humility. We ought to do the same as we continue to fight it on this earth. I am just as unsettled as you are by the amount of LGBT celebrations — most of which I learned about this week. But amid the frustration, we cannot lose hope, because we are on the side already victorious. Remembering this is the key to tackling these matters and the pathway to 2 Timothy 4:7 — to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith.