Daily Archives: June 5, 2013

Should I stay or should I go? What I’m thinking about my involvement with the Boy Scouts of America.

Also Read: Philippians 1:1-30; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

The other day I had the opportunity to sit down with a fellow believer who is involved in Boy Scouts as a leader. I also serve as an assistant Boy Scout leader. Since the passing of the newest capitulation to the gay lobby, the boy Scouts of America are now accepting openly gay scouts; but denying openly gay leaders access. This other leader asked me about my resolve to stay active in the Boy Scouts, because he was wrestling with the need to withdraw. I am hearing of Churches all over the country who once sponsored the scouts but are dropping their sponsorships and kicking the scouts out – should he, and should I follow suit? Is it right that I, and my son continue to take part in an organization that has, with the proverbial stroke of a pen, redefined what it means to be “morally straight”?

My friend asked, “Tom, In terms of Boy Scouts I am struggling with this and would love your perspective. On one hand, I am morally outraged at the activism that is seeking to tear down Christian values and insert themselves into institutions that have upheld those values. The Boy Scouts are the latest example, but also church denominations that ordain homosexual clergy. But as a parent of a Boy Scout and a leader in Scouts I find it hard to accept this change and stay in Scouts. Then as a Christian …I find myself wondering if I should be staying in Scouts as a witness.”

Brother, I feel your pain.