Last night, our family said a very painful goodbye to the Boy Scouts of America. My father was as scout, I was a scout and my 2 eldest sons were scouts. Last night my middle son crossed over from Webelos to Boy Scouts. During the ceremony, the Scoutmaster told each boy, as they made their transition from Cub Scout to Boy Scout, that they were now on the trail to Eagle. All the boys were told this except my son because he is no longer on the trail to Eagle. Instead, we will be joining an organization called Trail Life. It is a bittersweet decision for our family.
The Boy Scouts of America have seen fit to make a major policy change beginning January 1, 2014 in which openly homosexual boys will be permitted to participate. The BSA formerly banned homosexual boys and leaders from the organization. It was only a few years ago that the BSA spent millions of dollars to uphold this policy and fought all the way to the Supreme Court. Financial and leftist social pressure have led to the BSA abandoning it's Biblically based standard and making a mockery of the Scout Oath which calls for a scout to be Morally Straight.
For more on this please check out my blog BOY SCOUTS LIFT THE BAN AND LOWER THE LID.
BSA made the policy change fearing the loss of corporate dollars. Ironically, the corporations BSA was trying to appease still pulled support, citing the new policy did not go far enough as openly gay leaders are still banned. What the BSA has accomplished is marginalizing the families who hold Biblical standards, losing of support from one of the largest faith based organizations in the country, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the losing of millions of corporate dollars. The only winner in this matter is the liberal left which seems hell bent on subverting and destroying any vestiges of morality and Godliness in this country.
The loss of corporate support was so great that the cost of scouting has risen from $16 to $24 per registration. Membership in the state of Texas alone has dropped by more than 50 percent.This is will only be the tip of the iceberg as every event and outing will soon cost a great deal more as more families drop out and no corporate money is flowing in. The social ramifications of this misguided and destructive decision is yet to be realized. What happens when an openly gay Eagle Scout turns 18 and is told he can no longer be part of Scouting? Will he go away quietly or will the rabid homosexual lobby groups make a mad dash to the New York Times and flood the media with the terrible injustice of "banning someone based on who he chooses to love."? It is only a matter of time before openly gay men and women are granted unrestricted access to boys in scouting, actively shaping and guiding them for the future.
Great Briton's scouting organization has welcomed homosexuals years ago, both as scouts and leaders. this past year has seen the British Scouts holding gay pride events and endorsing the homosexual lifestyle. America is only a few years away from this reality. The camel's head is under the tent, and the fanatical gay rights groups will not rest until scouting not only allows unfettered access by gay leaders but endorses and celebrates their perverted lifestyle.
The Bible clearly states God's view on homosexuality in Romans chapter 1.
Rom 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Rom 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Rom 1:24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
Rom 1:25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
Rom 1:27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Rom 1:28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
Rom 1:29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness...
The blessing in all this is a group called Trails Life that will be offering a similar experience to boys and young men while holding on to the Biblical concept of morality. We are looking forward to being part of this new organization. If the homosexual agendaists, as I believe they will, make a big noise next year causing disruption of scouting, many more parents will take their children and leave. Thankfully, there will be an established program in place to welcome God fearing families who want to be part of an organization that honors the Lord.
As one door has closed, it is apparent that God has opened another door. Time will tell what the fate of the BSA will be but it is absolutely certain that the organization can no longer expect the blessing of God, despite the fact that every boy swears to do his duty to God and country. The BSA has abandoned God by endorsing a lifestyle choice that He has clearly condemned. My prayers are with the Godly families who stay to make a difference and to be a light that they may fulfill the call God has placed on their lives to remain and be a difference. I also pray for the new organization, Trail Life, that it would provide quality experiences and moral guidance for the youth of America.