Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Boy Scouts Not Prepared

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The motto of the hundred-year-old Boy Scouts of America is, "Be Prepared." (Scout Handbook p.54)

I can still remember repeating the motto and doing the salute as a kid.

The Boy Scouts may not have been "prepared" for the reaction they are receiving after it was learned Monday that they are considering allowing professed homosexuals to serve as leaders, reversing their 110-year policy.

It appears they are about to get a different kind of salute. And a mass exodus.

And it's interesting what the Boy Scout leadership privately asked of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Mormon Church and Catholic Church.

Southern Baptist Convention CEO Frank Page says, ""Wayne Brock (Chief Scout Executive of the BSA, headquartered in Texas) visited with me last week, signaling the possibility they would consider this proposal at their February board meeting. He specifically asked the Southern Baptist Convention not to oppose this move. Of course, I refused to make this concession."

The Scouts have also contacted the Mormon Church and the Catholic Church with the same request.

Page, an Eagle Scout himself, also said, "I am very disappointed the Board is considering this. This action reverses the findings of a two-year study last July that affirmed their principled stand on biblical morality. From what they told me, they are wilting under pressure from some of their corporate sponsors and the fear they could lose a future court case, despite the fact that they prevailed before the Supreme Court on this very issue."

This is hardly a move from within the organization for change, as some homosexual activists are suggesting.

Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, told USA Today that the policy change would be "nothing less than disastrous for the Boy Scouts of America." In a blog post, Mohler asserted that the "new policy announced yesterday is almost sure to please no one and to lead to disaster for the Scouts. Those pressing for a reversal of the national policy are not likely to be satisfied with a local option."

All this while the secular progressives and homosexual activists respond with a tut, tut, tut, "This is merely an expression of evolving values and changing times."

The Southern Baptists are promising a mass exodus from the Scouts if they reverse their policy. The Catholic and Mormon churches are withholding comment until after the decision is made next Wednesday.

Given the recent history of both church's position toward the homosexual agenda, I would think their response will be similar to that of the Southern Baptists.

Dr. Richard Land, head of SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission summed it up this way, "This is a catastrophic decision for the Boy Scouts of America. In order to placate their East and West Coast appendages, they are tearing out the heart of their Midwest and Southern support. This decision will lead to a mass exodus of traditional, orthodox Christianity from the Boy Scouts, including thousands of Catholic, Baptist and other traditional faith congregations."

Indeed. We'll see.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.