Today’s post is going to be a little different. Not because I don’t have anything else to write about. It’s because I really want to hear from other people what your opinion is on something that is happening today.
Today the Southern Baptist denomination is voting on whether or not to sever its ties with the Boy Scouts of America and no longer allow troops to meet in their buildings. Click here for an article on it.
The reason for this drastic action is because a couple of weeks ago the Boy Scouts voted to lift the ban on homosexual youth participants (Homosexual leaders are still not allowed). Here is an article on that.
My opinion on this is not fully formed, but I will expound on what is swirling around in my head. Hopefully, it will help me process and form my opinion better. First, I will say why I struggle with this action even being considered, but then I will state how I also see some good in why it is being considered.
I know that if the Southern Baptists do vote to end their association with the Boy Scout that the Body of Christ will continue to earn its stripes in our society as being a hateful group of people. I am 100% concrete on the fact that being known for hate is not what Jesus died for. We are to be known for love as He was; it’s actually supposed to be the tell-tale sign that we are Christians (see John 13:35).
I also know that as Christians we are supposed to extend grace as it was extended to us. I know that Jesus “came to seek and save that which was lost” Luke 19:10 and to be a “doctor to the sick” Mark 2:17. Then he entrusted those ministries to us when He left. With those verses in mind I am inclined to think that if the Southern Baptist denomination is going to say that homosexuality is a sin then they should welcome in professing homosexuals rather than shut their doors to them.
Furthermore, so many congregations spend big money on making themselves “attractional” on trying to draw people to themselves. So does it not seem a bit counter intuitive to ban someone you are trying to attract?
Furthermore, I don’t think it is right to ban children. There are plenty of young boys in the Boy Scouts who aren’t gay. And for those boys you would be denying them an opportunity to adventure, learn, gain pride, gain skills, learn morals, and make friends. I don’t know if the ban is worth that cost.
So now to switch gears.
There is a fine line between protecting ones integrity and also guarding against things that oppose what you know to be right and moral and meanwhile not becoming so uptight that you become unloving and closed off. I know that as Christians we are supposed to be holy as our Heavenly Father is holy, Matthew 5:48 and 1 Peter 1:16 .
I also know that we are not supposed to dilute the Gospel, that we are supposed to watch out for each other, and that we are supposed to be careful not to slowly back slide. And I understand the fears and concerns that the Southern Baptists have. The fear that if they allow Boy Scouts to continue meeting there then they will risk condoning homosexuality, and if they say it’s ok for youth, the progression leads to it is ok for everyone. I get that. I think it is awesome that they are willing to take a stand against things that they think are wrong. It is more than I have the courage to do sometimes.