All over America, churches are being forced to reassess their relationship with a scouting program that no longer adheres to Biblical moral standards:
Nationwide, congregations and families are coming to terms with the BSA policy change. In an effort to remain strong in their biblical convictions, many are being forced to cut ties with the BSA despite years of financial support and mutual trust.
But in doing so, their decision to withdraw support of the nationâ€™s largest scouting organization has come under scrutiny by the liberal media and the leftwing blogosphere. Just days following the vote, Atlanta-area pastor Ernest Easley made national news when he advised his parishioners to cut all ties with BSA.
â€œI never dreamed Iâ€™d have to stand up publicly and say to parents: Pull your kids out of the Boy Scouts,â€ Easley told the Baptist Press May 28. â€œIf you would have asked me that five years ago, 10 years ago, I would have laughed,â€ Easley said. â€œAnd even as I was saying it Sunday morning, I thought, I cannot believe Iâ€™m having to address this and encourage parents to pull their children out of the Boy Scouts of America.â€
Louisvilleâ€™s largest church, Southeast Christian Church, also made headlines when they cut ties with the Boy Scouts after the national organization decided to drop its ban on gay youth.
â€œWe want everyone, including ourselves, to live by biblical standards,â€ said the Executive Pastor Tim Hester. â€œTruly for us itâ€™s a logical decision â€¦ We cannot be distracted from the mission God has called us to.â€
Churches, families and the Scouts themselves are what some might consider collateral damage of a decade-long battle waged by the LGBT organizations against the BSA to impose their morality on a non-government entity. And thanks to a compliant media, clearly in the LGBT camp, these institutions must fend off accusations of intolerance and bigotry while trying to stand strong in their biblical convictions.
â€œWe hoped to keep sex and politics out of Scouting,â€ lamented John Stemberger, a lifelong Scout with two sons in scouting, now leading the fight to start a new scouting chapter in defiance of the adopted policy. Unfortunately the LGBT community and the liberal media had other plans.
Sadly, itâ€™s the parents and churches that must unravel this messy BSA policy and tenaciously step through the landmine of media scrutiny as they seek to live biblically in an increasingly anti-Christian society.
In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.
To date, itâ€™s far from the mass defection that some conservatives had predicted before the vote by the Irving-based BSAâ€™s National Council. But the exodus could soon swell, depending on the outcome of the Southern Baptist Conventionâ€™s annual meeting next week in Houston.
Baptist churches sponsor nearly 4,000 Scout units representing more than 100,000 youths, according to the Boy Scouts of America.
That number could drop precipitously.
The Southern Baptist Convention, the countryâ€™s largest Protestant denomination, will soon urge its 45,000 congregations and 16 million members to cut ties with the Scouts, according to church leaders.
In light of the BSA’s recent decision, there is already a move to create a faith-based alternative called “Faith Based Boys.” Â The name and program are still being developed, but they’re looking for families that are willing to give them feedback and join their efforts.