A new rainbow crosswalk in Courtenay was vandalized shortly after it was painted. Scott Stanfield photo

LETTER: Rainbow crosswalk vandalism reminds author that we are all sinners

Dear editor,

I’m referring to the editorial Aug. 2 in the Record concerning vandalism to the rainbow sidewalks across our province.

The article ended stating “They symbolize an openness to learning and understanding more about the world and the people who share it – things that should benefit us all.”

I totally agree!

The rainbow sidewalk in downtown Courtenay definitely pictures the world and the people who share it. It shows who we really are as a society. When I see our rainbow sidewalk in downtown Courtenay, this is the picture I see: the Bible states that the world and the people that are in it are sinners, there is no one who does good, not even one, and the way of peace they do not know. They are separated from the righteous holy God, the Lord. The white lines outside the rainbow remind me of His holiness and the black tire marks across the white and rainbow colours remind me of my sin and its consequences. But the rainbow itself assures me of the promises by the Lord to send us a saviour for the forgiveness of my sin and the sins of the world which was fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a picture that truly “symbolizes an understanding more about the world and the people who share it” and the more we realize that, it will indeed benefit us all.

If humans can improve on the Lord’s plan, they should, by all means try. Then, when they have failed, (they definitely have failed) then they should seek His direction and trust in His plan that is in place. His plan is open to all peoples and to all nations that share this world.

Charlie Zerkee,


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