Hooray, today (12/13/13) represents a milestone for our blog — we topped 20,000 distinct views! Woo-Hoo!
You can see that the blog got launched at the tail end of October, 2010, and steadily grew its readership until January 2013 — that fateful month when BSA made the headlines for trying to change the membership policy in a vacuum by secret committee. The rest of this past year has been a roller coaster with many people paying attention to each development, news release and article that had to do with BSA National Policies.
If I could make a trade, I’d rather have less readership and be able to reset the decision, but that won’t happen. All in all, this year has caused many men and women to reevaluate what they believe and how they feel about many issues. Self-reflection isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes we realize that we’ve been ignoring other, more subtle things and it’s time to take stock based on 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (each man’s work to be tested by fire for reward or removal of the impure/imperfect):
- Have I compromised my faith by idolizing my involvement in BSA? (1 Cor 10)
- Am I happier at Round Table than Bible Study?
- Do I actually testify as to my beliefs while scouting or do I hide my candle under a bushel for fear my scout buddies won’t tolerate my testimony (Acts 17:22-33)
- Does the BSA practice of non-sectarianism equate to “all faiths are equally valid paths to God?” and if so, can Christians reconcile that with scriptures (John 14:6, etc.)
- Is the issue of same-sex attraction a moral, ethical, spiritual issue or merely one of “distraction” as BSA characterizes it? (Romans 1:18-32, et.al.)
- I sign a contract with BSA each year that affirms my commitment to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and that I’ll uphold their policies. Does that constitute unequal yoking (2 Cor 6:14-17) or can I just ignore those verses?
- Is BSA helping me win my race, or has it become a distraction – am I closer to God because of BSA or in spite of BSA? (1Cor.9:24)
- Is the focus of our unit meetings merely on the “highly practical, but temporal, things of earth” or do we genuinely celebrate and understand matters of eternity? (John 12:25; James 4:4; James 4:13-15; Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:15-16; Col. 3:2; Philippians 4:8; 1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13; Philippians 3:19-20; Ps 73:1-3 & 17)
So I’m very happy that our blog has touched some people along the way. Some may have been angry, others may have disagreed, but I know we’ve heard from some who’ve said that it helped them look at things with a new perspective and that’s exactly what we’ve been trying to do.
Sadly, our troop is disbanding shortly. It’s been a great three years, but it was NEVER our troop to fuss over. It always existed by God’s permissive will and His grace. If it’s time for a fallow season, so be it.