Boy scouts are facing a dilemma

Published 10:36pm Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Board of Directors has created themselves a very critical dilemma. They have decided to kick the can down the road until the national assembly to wrestle with the issue of lifting the ban on gay membership and involvement.

However, by just cracking the door on the issue of membership policy, they have emboldened the gay rights activists in their pursuit of change. If they allow openly gay scouts and scout leaders, they will alienate a significant portion of their sponsorship.

If they do not approve the change, they will not regain several weak-kneed corporate sponsors who have been bullied into pulling their support from them. It seems to me the choice is to either maintain their integrity or take the money and suffer the consequences.

Roughly seventy percent of local scout troops are chartered by faith-based organizations. What will the fall out be with this group of scouts provided the ban is lifted?

Is there no tolerance for faith-based religious beliefs left in America, the land of the free?

Evangelist Billy Graham said: “Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God.”

It appears to be a no win situation for the scouts either way it goes. The Canadian Scouts lost half its membership when it opened up its ranks to gays and others in 1999. Could the same be in store for the 103 year old scouting institution in America?

In my opinion, Christians have been too tolerant of the intolerant. It is past time to take a stand on principles and the Holy Word of God. There is no way to have it both ways as some are trying. You either believe in the Word or you don‘t, there are no shades of gray.

Charles Grandison Finney, lawyer, theologian, revivalist, and college president during the Second Great Awakening is called the “Father of Modern Revivalism.” (1792-1875) He strongly believed that the buck stopped with the pulpit.

Here’s a portion of what he had to say on the subject. “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.”

At the risk of being excommunicated, I have to agree with the exception of adding the congregation along with the pulpit.

  • Methuselah

    … my “comment” I cited the date of The Selma to Montgomery March as 1963, I correct myself it was 1965 and I was there. 1963 was that terrible year when hate prevailed, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Murder utilized as a tool for prevention of change. !965 was the year that innocent marchers were beaten and mauled by the forces of evil in Selma, Alabama. You wave “The Bloody Shirt”.

    • William P Murphy

      Just re read this article: your definitions of “vitirolic” and “ignorance” seem odd.

    • popdukes12

      Methuselah: Your statement ” beaten and mauled by the forces of evil in Selma, Alabama” shows that you were not here on “Bloody Sunday” and are making assumptions that you know nothing about. I was at the edge of the river that day and watched the activity. Mayor Smitherman had only been in office for about three months when all of this started. Wilson Baker (head of Public safety for Selma) and even Jim Clark were all on the phone with Al Lingo (public safety director of the state), and governor Wallace in Montgomery trying to prevent what happened in Selmont (not Selma) that day. So, if you wish to point a finger, please point it at Montgomery, not Selma. pops

  • Methuselah

    ….Again, vitriolic ignorance is given voice and truth or fact ignored. My Christianity is the inclusive, loving teachings of Jesus not hate mongering….I would remind the author of the article, that not too long ago Christianity(Bible verse) was used to justify slavery, keep women in their place, and to justify the violation of Equality before The Law. It is very sad to see that in Selma, Alabama, yet again, you(the reporter) support all that was ugly and continues to be ugly. We all exercise freedom but it can not be tolerated or justified at the expense of preventing others to have freedom. What is your agenda? The truth certainly is not on your side. I can see you standing there, given the opportunity, at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in 1963, preventing the peaceful march to Montgomery. Those making the march were not the ones with dogs and sticks exercising the most brutal acts I ever witnessed. I was there to witness the brutality at the tender age of nine years old.

    • William P Murphy

      Can you tell the difference between sexual misconduct and race? The Boy Scouts are trying to teach boys to be men: race is not a determining factor in being a good men. Adult males who do not act in ethical ways: homsexuality, adultery, theft, ect: are not good men. Thee is nothing hateful about pointing out misconduct, in fact Christians should point out misbehavior when it is seen.

    • William P Murphy

      methuselah, you whole posting is odd: what freedom is being lost?

    • pops

      Uh, what dogs? I was there also, at the age of 15 and don’t remember any dogs…..You sure you were there? pops

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