Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The Boy Scouts made a consistent decision
I believe both decisions are consistent with existing BSA beliefs and practices. Let me explain:
1) The BSA does not remove scouts or scout leaders for engaging in pre-marital or extra-marital sex. It seems a bit hypocritical then to disapprove another form of sexual activity that is not condoned in the Bible. If you don't hold all scouts and all scout leaders to a standard of abstinence outside of marriage and fidelity in the marriage of one man and one woman, you do not have a leg to stand on to oppose homosexual activity.
2) Those who hold to a traditional view of marriage who desire to see the BSA stand for Biblical principles regarding heterosexual activity in the confines of marriage between one man and one woman have only one recourse. They need to be consistent with their principles. For example, they might impose consequences for failing to be marked by sexual purity as it is outlined in the Bible. Maybe a Scout loses rank? Maybe a scout leader is asked to take a year or two sabbatical for adultery or fornication? And maybe if repeated, and unrepentant sexual activity outside of marriage continues, a scout or leader would be removed from membership.
3) These are the principles and practices of most evangelical churches with regard to purity and sexual integrity. Admittedly, even the church has failed (see a compelling article here: http://christianthought.hbu.edu/2013/06/28/homosexual-behavior-and-fornication-intimate-bedfellows/), but consistency is the key. It is bigoted for Christians in and outside the BSA to say one form of sexual sin is disapproved while condoning other sexual sins.
4) What does this mean for the BSA? Well, it could mean it's too late for the Christians to see a change in the BSA's direction. It would be awfully difficult in the 21st century to stand up for and promote the Bible's expectations of sexual purity. Let alone have a majority vote to pass in a secular organization for such principles of sexuality. But who knows? Even secular researchers have begun to see the devastating effects of the sexual revolution and the breakdown of the family so just maybe in time the world will see once again that God's laws are not burdensome but actually principles to bring blessing.