For the most part any noise over who the Boy Scouts are or are not allowing to join and become members has died down. But every so often a conversation comes up and people discuss if they want to allow their children to join. I have had several of these conversations lately.
If you are not familiar with the controversy, in May of this year the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay children to join as members. “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” says the resolution.
As I am sure you can imagine there was a lot of uproar on both sides of the fence. Some called the vote incredible. While others almost immediately starting talking about creating a new group that would stick to more conservative values.
I don’t tend to discuss my political leanings much on the blog but for the sake of this post I am going to make an exception.
We are a very conservative family. We believe very strongly that the Bible is the word of God and that all questions to how we should live our life, and what is right or wrong, can be found in the Bible. We home school, not only because of our own experiences within the public school system but also so that we can ensure our children are taught the Bible in their normal curriculum.
That being said, we still support the Boy Scouts.
We came to the conclusion that at some point in Genghis’ life he is going to encounter people who are gay. Never under any circumstances do we want him to think that person is bad or wrong. There is a phrase that is used at times that comes to mind here. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Also being in small town America the likely-hood that we would have to deal with explaining what a homosexual is at this age is slim to none.
And the biggest and final deciding factor in us choosing to allow him to participate is would we ever want someone told they couldn’t come to church because they were gay? I would honestly hope your answer to this would be no. So why then should Boy Scouts be any different? This very well could be the only interaction someone has with a Christan who is loving and caring and not at all hateful.
It is possible to allow experiences with you child in groups such as Boy Scouts without compromising on your ‘moral fiber’.
We want to teach Genghis that it is what is one the inside that matters. Not the color of someones skin. Not who they choose to love. Not even what religion they are. And yes, while we also teach him that everyone needs Jesus in their life, we want him to be able to form relationships and bonds with people from every walk of life. We want to teach him how to be a witness. A good example. A loving and caring Christian.
So for that reason, we support the Boy Scouts.