There comes a point where you have to throw caution to the wind, draw a line in the sand and say "I will not be moved."
Last week the Boy Scouts of America’s national leadership made headlines when they said they were considering changing its policy preventing the participation of openly homosexual leaders and members. According to a spokesman for BSA, an announcement on this was expected sometime this week — and it’s anticipated that they’ll be changing their decades-old practice.
What’s interesting is that this comes six months after the same Board reaffirmed their refusal to change the long-standing policy. Back in July 2012, B.S.A. chief executive Bob Mazzuca told the press: "The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting." He also added, "We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society."
So, what’s happened?
It would appear that, once again, the leadership’s succumbing to the incessant pressure being applied upon them by outside groups. And, even though the new policy "would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address the issue," this opens a whole new can of worms for local Scout troop units.
And, I believe one-by-one that they, too, shall also give in to the pressure to conform or "suffer the consequences."
So, it will be interesting to see what happens with all of this. Without a doubt, numerous church groups will quit opening their facilities to local Boy Scout units. And, many parents will no longer allow their sons and daughters to be a part of this long-time stellar organization whose oath has always been "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."
Dear Reader, this is just another example of the Moral Revolution that’s occurring in our nation. Almost every day it seems like another group that’s stood firm on Biblical, moral issues is caving in to the pressure.
And, it’s going to continue UNLESS someone is courageous and quits fearing the tongue (and lawsuit) more than the sword.
Yes, we need the courage of the early saints who were more willing to be "tortured, scourged, imprisoned, stoned, sawn in half, slain by the sword, etc." (Hebrews 11:35-37; Fox’s Book of Martyrs) than recant their faith in Christ.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian who recognized what Hitler was doing in Germany, could have chosen to stay in the United States as a student. Instead, he returned to his homeland and joined in the opposition, which ultimately led to his imprisonment in a concentration camp in 1943 and execution on April 9, 1945.
Throughout the Bible, we find numerous examples of those "Champions of Faith" who were willing to stand firm, regardless of what it cost them (e.g., Noah, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, the 12 Apostles, Paul, etc.).
The question is, "Where are they today?"
My contention is they’re still with us in the form of some of you who are reading this column … some who are sitting in the pew in their house of worship … that father who’s willing to risk it all by standing up for what’s right … that mother/housewife who can no longer sit still and do nothing, but must begin "sounding the alarm."
Yes, there comes a time when we, who know what is right, must stand firm rather than passively giving into wrong. If we don’t, there will come the time we’ll regret it, but it’ll be too little, too late.
Don’t hesitate, contemplate or procrastinate. Stand firm. Do it today.
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