The Boy Scouts Weren’t Prepared for This

A half-decade into its LGBT experiment, Boy Scouts of America is a step away from bankruptcy.

By Tony Perkins Published on December 14, 2018

Where does raising a white flag in the battle over your core values lead? Ask the Boy Scouts of America. After throwing up their hands on 103 years of conviction, the group may finally be learning that standing on principle isn’t easy — but it’s a whole lot better than the alternative.

The fight to live out your beliefs can be an exhausting one. Until 2000, the Scouts had spent years in court just for the freedom to stick to its moral code. They won, but — to the organization’s dismay — the battle didn’t end. Waves of LGBT activists kept coming, and the pressure built until 2013, when BSA leaders gave into the lie that compromise would be their salvation. Five years later, we all can see: there’s almost nothing left to save.

Boy Scouts Considering Bankruptcy

A half-decade into its LGBT experiment, the Boy Scouts are a step away from bankruptcy. Turns out, their defining moment may also be a fatal one. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the group has been bleeding members since it broke camp and allowed in kids and leaders who openly identify as gay and transgender. Not long after that, one of its biggest backers, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the withdrawal of tens of thousands of young LDS from the program. Then, the paper points out, there was the fallout from recruiting girls, which not only angered its base — but pitted the organization in a legal war with Girl Scouts USA. Now, a program that used to be one of America’s finest is considering Chapter 11.

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Friends, if you’re wondering where the road of compromise leads, this is it. This is the future of anyone in the Christian community who exchanges the truth for cowardly conformism. The Boy Scouts dropped their moral mandate to accommodate what they don’t believe.

In the current climate, that’s called “inclusion.” But if the Scouts were being more inclusive, why didn’t their numbers grow? Because, when you try to appeal to a conflicting moral viewpoint you only end up attracting the conflict!

Reminder: The Gospel’s Truth Isn’t  Up for Negotiation.

Right now, too many churches, Christian colleges, and leaders are dangerously close to making the same mistake. They’re so desperate or fearful — or both — that they’re willing to water down who they are to protect the small space they’re standing on. There’s just one problem: the Gospel’s truth isn’t up for negotiation. And in their rush to soften the blow of its confrontation, some believers are losing their identity.

Christians in Paul’s time were no different. Like humans throughout history, they craved acceptance. “I am astonished,” Paul wrote to the Galatians, “that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. […] Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings or of God? […] If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

It’s not our sameness with the world that transforms people. It’s our distinction.

The Boy Scouts wandered so far from their identity that by the end of 2016, they even dropped their most defining characteristic: boys. In the end, it ruined them. That’s the destiny of any Christian who takes the naïve view that the world can be placated. It can’t.

True love, 1 Corinthians 13:6 tells us, is truth. It’s being salt and light in a draining, unforgiving culture. “Come out from them and be separate,” Paul said, because he understands that in the end, it’s not our sameness with the world that transforms people. It’s our distinction. And one of the greatest is standing for truth — even when we’re standing alone.

Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

 

Originally published at FRC.org. Reprinted with permission.

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  • JP

    Excellent article. A warning for all Christians who care about the truth.

  • Walt Viet

    Boy Scouts I was one I know what they were all about I was so proud when I made Eagle To this day I hold their standards
    When they gave in the LGBT experiment, the oath that you take went out he window. And you wonder why they are now having a hard (step away from bankruptcy) time. There is no way you can make, holding morals and LGBT go together.

  • Nick Stuart

    I am an Eagle Scout. Two of my sons are Eagle Scouts. 20 years ago another man & I founded a troop which is still going and has helped more than 50 boys attain the rank of Eagle Scout. “Scouts, B.S.A” isn’t the organization I signed up for. It isn’t the organization for which I lobbied my church board to be a troop chartering organization. If I were still on the church board today, I would speak against chartering a troop.

    I believe the root problem is deeper than enrolling girls, homosexuals, or persons with gender dysphoria, as highly problematic as those are. It is that the National Council, driven by the big city councils, has no value or principle they won’t abandon, no tradition they won’t break with, just to go after numbers and be politically correct. The nature of the way they have rolled out changes like enrolling girls, permitting “transgender” scouts, and allowing homosexuals to be adult leaders violate the first part of the Scout Law: Trustworthy. Trustworthy they are not. It is a profound act of bad faith.

    While the BSA is claiming that there will be separate girls and boys troops, I do not expect that will last very long for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the logistics involved in running any kind of scout troop, let alone a successful one. I give it five years, I expect the plans for co-ed troops are already in place. Even before they authorize co-ed troops, there are going to be issues because so many multi-troop sorts of activities will be co-ed, at least in the sense of having both kinds of troops present at the same time (summer camp, camporees, Order of the Arrow). There’ll be a lot of “he was looking at my chest” stuff to deal with. I remember the COPE course (think “obstacle course”) where my team had to grab my backside and hike me over the climbing wall. There are a lot of activities where direct physical contact is unavoidable (lifesaving for example). Things like that will end up being a problem. From my direct observation when I taught 5th & 6th graders in elementary school I know there is a significant difference in the timing of how boys and girls develop. Many 12-year-old boys are pre-pubescent, still essentially boys, even “little boys.” Many 12-year-old girls are post-pubescent and are well on their way to becoming grown women. All these issues are manageable (at least to the extent they’re manageable in church camp) but the introduction of girls will inevitably add an element of sexual tension that has hitherto been absent.

    The fact that the Mormon Church is breaking its 100+ year connection with the Boy Scouts is eye-catching because of the numbers involved. Accounts vary, I’ve seen numbers as high as 425,000, which would come up to more than 20% of Boy Scouts’ current youth membership. That would mean 20% of its revenue stream walking away as of the end of 2019. Certainly that will leave a mark. Less noticeable, but just as deleterious for the Boy Scouts will be the steady trickle of conservative Catholic and Protestant churches dropping their troops, and declining to charter new troops.

    If it can avoid bankruptcy there may continue to be a program called [whatever] that traces its lineage back to the Boy Scouts. But it will be a program entirely unrecognizable to its founders.

  • Kevin Quillen

    getting what they deserve. accommodate the queers and patriots will reject you.

  • Lisa

    My son made it to first class and then quit two years ago. Accommodating the gays and girls took away from promoting the masculine specialness of Boy Scouts. What were they thinking?

    • apollo

      The left is the enemy of good. What ever is of God is evil in their minds. People need to understand the left means to destroy us. Utterly.

    • Sasha Halvern

      Trail Life may be worth checking out as an alternative to Boy Scouts.

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