East 91st Street Christian Church to cut ties with Boy Scouts over allowing gay youths. July 25, 2013
Heritage Christian School to end charter with Boy Scout group over gay issue. July 25, 2013
3rd Indianapolis-area Baptist church cuts ties with its Boy Scouts troop over move to allow gay youth. July 12, 2013
Southeastside church cuts affiliation with Cub Scout pack over vote to allow gay youth. July 11, 2013
These are all Indianapolis Star headlines in July, the painful decision of churches and schools to end what in some cases, has been a very long relationship with the BSA.
What troubles me about this is the impression that these organizations are turning away little kids over a “political viewpoint” instead of being loving and accepting of all children after the model of Jesus, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14
Is that what Heritage Christian Schools and East 91st Christian and other churches are doing? I don’t know them all personally, but I have enough awareness of Heritage and East 91st to know that is not the case. They are welcoming of children. They are committed to loving and serving children.
The issue is not whether we welcome children, but how we serve children. Jesus also said, if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18:6
The issue with the Boy Scouts is not really about welcoming children. It is about succumbing to an agenda that labels little boys as homosexual long before they are mature enough to have anything of that magnitude settled in their minds. It is about betraying little boys by abandoning them to sexual identity confusion instead of helping them in their struggle to become young men as God designed them to be; and where sexual identity confusion or disorder remains, to lovingly guide them to God honoring choices.
The supposed political agenda is not with the churches in this case, but with the Boy Scouts of America, who left principle behind to bend to the prevailing political winds of the day.
The church I serve did not have to face the tough decision forced upon many by the Boy Scouts because we have not been a troop sponsor. But it’s not about the hateful rejecting “gay youths.” We welcome all people in our church regardless of their struggles. But being welcoming does not mean abandoning the teaching of Scripture about male and female and sexual morality.