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Boy Scouts of America: What is Their Duty to God?

Yesterday, the official decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow homosexuals to become leaders for boys was announced.    My question to the ‘leadership’ of this scouting organization, “When will the Boy Scout Oath be officially changed to reflect this new policy decision?”  Currently, the oath or promise states on the usscouts.org website:

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

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So let’s take a look at the wording, ”to do my duty to God”- the official website states, “your family and religious leaders teach you to know and serve God. By following these teachings, you do your duty to God”. Is anyone else seeing a problem here? What about all the boys coming from Christian homes where the Bible is taught and upheld as the truth? What about current leaders who uphold Biblical beliefs? I believe many would agree that doing one’s duty to serve God would be to read the Bible, to follow God’s commands and to apply them to their lives. What does the Bible have to say?

1 Timothy 1:7-12 (NIV)
“They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”

Leviticus 18:22 (NLT)
“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”

Leviticus 20:13 (NLT)
“If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act.

Romans 1:26-28 (NIV)
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

dutyNow let’s look at the wording, “To keep myself morally straight” – the scout website states, ‘to live your life with honesty, to be clean with your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character”. Again, there is a direct conflict with what a Christian, whether a scout or a leader, would believe from the Bible. If a person is honest with himself and with God, how can speaking for and acting out a homosexual lifestyle be clean? How is this a person of strong character? It is logical that the persons with the stronger character are those who continue to uphold and live their Christian beliefs. It is disheartening that the scout council has not been strong enough to stand firm against a minority of individuals and has bowed under the pressure to change their long-standing policies. Perhaps this official policy change will cause many in scouting to do some personal reflection, to think about what they truly believe and why, and if they are willing to stand firm in their beliefs. Perhaps it will cause some to move out of this organization, and yes that is the cost some will need to pay…because we know as followers of Jesus Christ there is a cost – but hold firm and remember that Jesus too paid a cost. However, many will see this decision as no big deal and continue supporting an organization that defies God and His Word. They will continue to believe in the Bible and God but draw a line that blurs the truth – because the cost is too high? Because it offends others? Because it is still basically a good organization?…Whatever your justification, it will not be I but the Holy Spirit that will convict.

Since 1910, this scouting organization has done well in leading and guiding boys in positive ways. Which is why it is such a huge disappointment that this group will now be guiding and influencing over 2 million boys away from God and His Truth. The Boy Scouts of America – upstanding and honorable? …you decide.

For those of you rethinking and feeling convicted …wondering if there is an alternative to Boy Scouts…the answer is “oh yes”  – check out Trail Life USA , (traillifeusa.com), a Christian Outdoor adventure program that focuses on instilling in boys adventure, character and leadership traits. In light of the BSA decision, the response from the organization One Million Moms states it plainly, by asking you to “show your convictions by resigning from the organization, and if your church charters a scouting unit to urge the church to drop the charter”.

Perhaps it is time for God’s people to start standing firm for His truth. “ We hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful”(Heb. 10:23). Are you firm and unswerving in your faith? Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? — Then live it!

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About the author

Christine Butler

Christian, Married 24 years, Homeschooled 2 sons, educator for 30 years in both schools and science museums, writer, facilitator of women Bible Studies.

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