Christian evangelist, apologist and leader Sye Ten Bruggencate announced the launch of “Mercy Day” — a new effort to take back ownership of the rainbow symbol that has been an integral part of Judeo-Christian tradition for over 4,000 years. In recent days the homosexual lobby has seized the rainbow in their efforts to normalize homosexuality, while simultaneously belittling the God of the Bible and the Scriptures themselves.
Ten Bruggencate sat down with Christian News Network to explain his rationale for launching the new event.
He first thought of the idea while watching the winter Olympics in Russia and noticing the gay activists waving rainbow flags while protesting Russia’s strict stance on homosexuality.
“I thought, ‘That is enough. That is God’s symbol—His mercy toward mankind. It’s time to take this rainbow back… I thought we could focus on a certain day where we celebrate the mercy of God, and I thought we could call that ‘Mercy Day’ and that the symbol of Mercy Day would be the rainbow,” Ten Bruggencate said.
While beginning the work for the Mercy Day launch in 2015, the first “official” Mercy Day will come next year, September 13, 2016. It is Ten Bruggencate’s hope that church leaders across the world will embrace the effort and get involved in propagating the yearly event, remembering that Gospel should always be our focus. The idea is not to point fingers at the gay community or attempt to marginalize them from society, but to remind everyone that the rainbow is an important picture of the Gospel.
“I hope that the majority of Christians use this event to talk about the mercy of God, how every human being on this earth needs that—not only the homosexual community. I don’t want this to be a finger-pointing thing.
One thing that people have made the mistake of doing over the years is trying to get homosexuals to behave like Christians. … So, they try and protest the behavior rather than seeking that these people become converted. This goal is to tell what the rainbow means so that people can share the gospel.”
Ten Bruggencate further explains by telling a story about a run-in he had during the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“I was preaching on one corner, and on the opposite corner from me was the Westboro Baptist Church, and they had these signs that say, ‘God hates fags.’ And I had a homosexual man come up to me, and he said, ‘Why don’t you have a sign like that?’ I said to him, ‘Because apart from the blood of Jesus Christ, He hates me too. I’m no better than you. I’m [just] better off.’ And I had an opportunity to share the gospel with this man. We had a wonderful conversation for about half an hour.”
This is the point of Mercy Day and what Ten Bruggencate hopes will happen because of it.
“That’s what I want to do. So, when people say, ‘Are you against homosexuals?’ I say, ‘Look, I don’t try to single out specific sins when I’m out preaching on the street because I deserve Hell just as much as that person. I’m just trying to tell these people about the mercy of God, and that’s what the rainbow [should] mean to them.’”
Mercy Day is a brilliant idea and Christians everywhere should embrace the effort to reclaim our own rainbow heritage.
If you’d like to learn more about Mercy Day 2016 – check out the website here.
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