Boy Scouts debatecomment (0)
July 18, 2013
Julie Payne provided excellent coverage of the debate regarding the Boy Scouts. It seems that many church leaders had a knee-jerk reaction to the BSA decision about homosexuals rather than assess the facts. The responses from scouting leaders J.T. Dabbs III and A.J. Smith, as presented in Payne’s article, provide good reasons for churches to continue supporting Boy Scouts in every way possible.
I trust that those churches that have made a decision to disassociate with the Boy Scouts will take time to read Payne’s article and to prayerfully and objectively reassess their decision. I initially did not like the decision they made, but they had little choice. But that decision does not indicate that the BSA is now promoting homosexuality. As noted by A.J. Smith, a BSA charter organization can simply “not exclude a boy solely on the basis of his perceived sexual orientation.” My question to those who question this policy is: Do our churches attempt to exclude such boys from entering the doors of our churches?
In my opinion, the anti-Boy Scout churches and parents that have decided to withdraw their boys from the program are making a big mistake. I would go so far as to suggest that churches who reject the Scouts should also let it be known that they will not allow any homosexuals to enter their houses of worship.
Churches and the Boy Scouts of America both have a great opportunity to provide a life-changing witness to boys who are “self-perceived homosexuals.” The same can obviously be said of gay men or self-perceived homosexual boys attending a Bible-believing, evangelical church. Boy Scouts can make a difference and turn boys around just as our churches can.