“For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, providing it’s youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization. “
“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy. “
“To that end, the National Executive Board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council will take action on the resolution at the National Annual Meeting in May 2013. “
So we have roughly 100 days to determine who to write letters to and what to say. More importantly, we need to be praying for God to move and act as He would in this situation.
“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches, honor and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22 4-6 NASB
I have a question for Christian parents of current scouts…is it more important to storm off of the scouting stage in a “tiff” if the decision goes the world’s way (“I’m pulling my son from the program!”) OR is it more important to dig in, do what is right for as many youth as possible for as long as possible?
Did people smuggling bibles across the “iron curtain” give up when faced with obstacles? Did missionaries give up when they hit roadblocks?
Are we going to “prepare for defeat” by making a plan to retreat further by running away from the program and hand it over to the worldly? OR Are we going to really trust God, seek His guidance, give Him our loyalty and believe that He who created the whole universe can do whatever He wills?
King ASA of Judah faced 1 million men and 300 chariots (battle tanks of their time) with meager resources (as seen by mankind). He prayed this prayer:
“Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” (2 Chron 12:11NASB)
He placed his whole-hearted loyalty in God — he didn’t look back and they not only defeated the enemy, they chased them all the way to their homes and destroyed their war making capabilities! Do we trust God enough to see Him that victorious? Let’s also be careful to avoid the trap “older” King Asa fell into – trusting our own vision of what must happen to define victory over what God wants. May I recommend this post —https://troop113.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/devotional-be-prepared-but-duty-to-god-comes-first-lessons-from-asa-of-judah-for-scouts-scouters/