The University of Kentucky and Kroger (where I shop) are two of many sponsors of this festival. This year's festival also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City (this was the beginning of the gay rights movement).
Today's #LexPride headline entertainer, Shadina, who is a R&B singer, known as "the Queen of Pride," said, "There's too many other things going on in the world to be worried about people's sexuality. Pride means love is love, and God loves us all."
All of this poses a crash course collision for Bible-believing Christians. How should a Christian respond with rainbow flags all around?
I believe the Bible, and don't consider myself to be a bigot or prejudice. But...I live in a city, shop at a grocery store, cheer for a SEC team, and send our children to a public school system that believes differently than I.
How do I hold to historic biblical Christianity, yet live among promotion of LGBT values?
First, the Bible is crystal clear about homosexuality. It is condemned in both the Old & New Testaments (Leviticus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
The word, "Sodomy" comes from Genesis 19:1-13 when the men of Sodom were trying to have sex with two male angels who were visiting Lot. God rained burning sulfur on Sodom, because their sin was so great.
Jesus affirmed marriage between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:5). Nowhere in the Bible, is there anything positive about homosexuality.
Second, all people (including Christians) will stand before and give an account to God (Hebrews 9:27). God does not care what our culture thinks about progressive sexual ethics. Even if all 7.5 billion people on earth voted to approve of homosexuality, it would still be wrong.
Our lives must line-up with God, He doesn't follow our changing culture. God doesn't change (Psalm 119:89).
Third, Jesus died for everyone, including the adulterer and homosexual offender. Jesus loves all sinners (Luke 19:10).
A Christian should never approve of any sin, salvation is turning from sin and towards Christ. Shadina is correct when she says, "God loves us all."
In response to God's love, we're called to repent and believe in Christ.
Should Christians participate in today's Pride Festival? No.
God wants you and I to tell our homosexual co-workers, friends, family, and neighbors about His Son. Jesus loves and died for the LGBT community. Anyone can be saved.
We must choose sides. Whom will we serve? A believer cannot serve God and endorse sin. You can't "go along to get along."
Christians must boldly stand for biblical truth, even if homosexuality is normalized, the Gospel demands repentance.