It has been a busy scouting week for this Scoutmaster. Monday was our unit meeting night (and FFOS presentation), Tuesday was actually a break (yippie), last night was a BSA “Listening Session” at council HQ tonight is an Eagle Board of Review for Michael T. and tomorrow night is another Eagle Board of Review for Andrew A.
And they told me it was “only an hour and a half per week” commitment (grinning).
Well, it’s worth it. I love scouting and trying hard to fulfill my commitment as an Eagle scout to serve others cheerfully.
I was very sad to participate in last night’s listening session since so many people have become so very divisive over the membership policies of the BSA. On one hand, I would love to be able to host every young man who wishes to participate in the program, and welcome every able-bodied adult who wants to help lead. On the other hand,
- I have received specific teachings about morality from God in the Bible that are at odds with that sentiment (and I could spend a lifetime trying to explain that to a world that really isn’t interested in the explanation anyway)
- It would be foolishly naive on my part to fail to recognize the sweeping changes that will creep into the program’s curriculum over the next several years. These changes will drive a wedge further between scouts of conservative faith (faith in a literal interpretation of scripture, or conservative doctrinal position) and the rest of the scouting community who find scouting ideals to be inconvenient, open to reinvention and bothersome to their perspective on social conformity (under the deceptive guise of “tolerance”)
In the end, if BSA forces me to choose between their authority and rules, and God’s authority and rules, I will seek to separate myself from BSA. Although I love the scouting program, I certainly don’t worship BSA, and I know my eternal salvation isn’t connected in any way to reciting the Scout Oath and Law. (sarcasm, in case anyone missed it).
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 NASB
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:10-13 NASB)
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. (John 15:6-8 NASB)
“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 Chronicles 14:10-12 NASB)