What happened to the Boy Scout oath?
“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
Duty to God? Morally Straight? These words are but a dim memory of what the Boy Scouts of America used to be.
On Monday, the BSA reversed a more than century old stance and announced that girls who identify as boys will be allowed to join the Boy Scouts. This shift follows changes in the past two years allowing Scout leaders to be openly avowed homosexuals.
I have to agree with Todd Starnes who wrote, “The Boy Scouts of America sacrificed its last vestige of integrity on the altar of political correctness.”
I would like to remind them of the words of Jesus to the religious leaders of His day when He said, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’” (Matt 19:4).
Jesus’ reference is to Genesis 1:27. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Apparently that’s not good enough for the BSA anymore.
In a prepared statement, spokesperson Rebecca Rausch said, “For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs.”
“However, that approach is no longer sufficient,” Rausch related to The Associated Press, “as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.”
“No longer sufficient”? Seriously?
This decision by the BSA is further evidence that they, along with other organizations, have capitulated to the gender revolutionaries in our country.
“This is Exhibit A of the insatiable demands of those pushing this sexual anarchy,” observed Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.
John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life, an alternative to the Boys Scouts, said the BSA decision is “sad beyond belief.” He warned the decision will “put boys in a state of confusion and does nothing to help normal psychological development.”
But aside from the psychological aspects or even the physical concerns and logistics of sharing showers and campground facilities, it is a further affront to moral teachings of the Bible.
I don’t pretend to understand the source and nature of confusion people may develop about their gender identity. But I do know that the Source of human life created each of us male or female. God gave each person at birth a sexual identity, not a gender identity of one’s choosing. No law, society, or self identification can change that biological fact.
The greater confusion today is not people with gender issues, but with a culture bent on stripping away the moral and spiritual fiber of our country based on 5,000 years of Judeo-Christian values.
Don’t be intimidated by the moral anarchists and the PC police of our day. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what is right. Speak the truth. And don’t compromise your principles for the sake of peace, popularity, or personal convenience.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman