All Scouting is Local

local scoutingI blogged a little earlier about the church as a Chartered Organization and reblogged earlier this month about a Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts.  WordPress has this little dashboard thing that tells me how people arrive at the site and “Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts” seems to be the trending google search term and I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that it is because of the news release about the BSA position change.

I’ve read a few of my favorite bloggers who have expounded on the subject and briefly thought about weighing in on my opinion, or predictions rather, of what will happen should this motion be passed, but figured I’d leave the opinions to smarter minds.

What really concerns me are the comments left on the blogs that have weighed in.

A few of the comments point to interpretations of the Scout Oath and Law.  Both sides claim the high ground, some even want to add points to the Law to better define their position.

A lot of the personal attacks and incivility makes me wonder what happened to “A Scout is courteous and kind”?

I’ve seen a lot of messages in which leaders have suggested that they will now quit the program.  What happened to the promise to “do my best to help other people at all times”?

There have been a tremendous amounts of attacks against the Christian faith by moral relativists, non-christians and others.  I thought “A Scout is Reverent” meant that (among other things) we  respects the belief of others?

I could go on and on, but I doubt that I will change the hearts or minds of others, just wanted to add perspective for those still trying to digest and be an encouragement to others to think before they speak.  I think maybe some that have been focused on one issue may have lost a little perspective.  I’ve said it before and I still maintain that I believe it unlikely anyone that volunteers for Scouting, and puts in the time and energy that we do, is doing it for the wrong reasons. They may have a different vision or may be incompetent but I never doubt that they are doing what they believe is the best for the youth.  I pray that others grant me the same consideration when I’m being contrary.

My final two cents comes from my personal testimony to those that found this blog looking for the “Christian Alternative to Scouting”.  Yes, the culture is changing.  Yes, it is counter to my belief system and moral code.  But never have I felt that my dropping out was an effective approach to helping others.  Look to strengthen your Chartered Organization’s commitment to youth.  Scouting is a system of methods, never a destination.  Utilize your charter to provide program and direction to youth that are adrift in the culture.  I’ve seen it said that “All Scouting is local”, maybe this is a truth we need to embrace.

If you haven’t read it yet, I refer you to this excellent post:  http://troop113.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/a-christian-alternative-to-scouts/

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  1. Although some may say I am biased (;->) I think this is a great post. Here’s why — We are called to live our lives a certain way despite what the world may do or say. I’m an Eagle Scout not because of a patch I earned 34 years ago – it’s because I made a commitment to serve others using what was taught to me by my dad, older brother and fellow scouts. My commitment doesn’t change because of the board’s radical and un-scout-like behavior (Greenmail is NOT the ninth method of scouting!) Additionally, I’d like to offer a couple of scriptures to consider — Psalm 73 (the wicked world shouldn’t tempt us by their arrogant and seemingly luxurious lifestyle — they’ll get their justice – we have someone far better, but we must be loyal to Him.) Proverbs 21 “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. Proverbs 21:21 NASB” and “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:1-3….is it more important to storm off of the scouting stage in a “tiff” (IF-IF-IF) the decision goes the world’s way (show faith, people!!!) 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? 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 — http://troop113.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/devotional-be-prepared-but-duty-to-god-comes-first-lessons-from-asa-of-judah-for-scouts-scouters/

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