Men and women who once lived and identified as part of the LGBT community are confident that a “rainbow revival” is at hand.
Gathered under the blazing sun with temperatures in the mid-90s at the Sylvan Theater in the shadow of the Washington Monument, approximately 200 attended the Freedom March, an event for formerly LGBT-identifying people who share testimonies of how Jesus transformed their lives.
The gathering was first held in the same location in 2018. Last year’s Freedom March was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
With many sporting T-shirts decorated with rainbow flags and the words “Rainbow Revival,” march participants spoke with The Christian Post about the transforming power of Jesus.
Angel Colon, who miraculously survived after Omar Mateen shot him several times at the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando in June 2016, said the “rainbow revival” is a sign of God’s covenant.
“We are taking back the rainbow,” Colon said. “It’s His. For us, it’s something beautiful.”
“We are here and we’re loud, letting the world know that the rainbow is something beautiful,” he added. “And we shouldn’t be ashamed of what it really is.”
Colon and his compatriots are hearing from increasing numbers of people who desire to leave the LGBT life to follow Jesus, as Freedom March events have continued. He believes that the Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise because it forced many to go deep with the Lord.
“Especially now during Pride month, we want to say we love you” to the LGBT community, Colon said.
“We want to tell the gay community that we love them. We don’t want to judge you or condemn you and welcome you with open arms and be a reflection of Jesus. We’re not the Holy Spirit. We don’t want to do anything but love everyone.”
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