Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Editorial — Our Culture is Changing: Better or Worse?

anti-boyscoutsKENTUCKY (7/4/13) – As we celebrate the birthday of our Nation this date, we celebrate our freedom of speech, freedom of religion and other freedoms not known in other parts of the world. These freedoms make things a bit messy at times; but, that is part of the plan.

With these freedoms, cultural changes happen much more quickly. We are witness to a significant change going on now. Some compare the change to the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans and women. Others argue that this time it is different. At issue is a changing perception of homosexuality in this country. Voters, governments and the court system, including the US Supreme Court, are being challenged by the changing culture. These changes are driven by gay rights groups and supported by national news media.

To some Christians this new perception is in direct conflict with the biblical teaching of homosexual activity as an immoral act. They will refer to 1 Timothy Chapter 1: "8We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”

Other Christians try not to judge people by their sexual orientation. They try to see each person as God’s creation that they are to love and serve. At the same time they do not condone homosexuality. These Christians will use Matthew 7:1-3 as their argument: “'Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 'Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

The simmering pot exploded when the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) caved in to media pressure and pressure from gay rights groups to include homosexuals in the scouting program. By a 60% margin the BSA voted on a resolution that states: "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," The BSA, however, will maintain its ban on gay adult leaders. The BSA said "The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting," There are no plans for further review by the BSA.

About 2.7 million youth now participate in scouting nationwide which is about a 30 percent decline over the past 15 years. The rub comes in when you discover that more than 70% of troops are affiliated or sponsored with a church or religious groups. Suddenly, these churches found that they were now sponsoring an organization that (from their view) condoned an immoral activity. Many churches decided that despite the huge positive influence of Boy Scouts on tens of thousands of young men, the programs had to go.

In response, The Southern Baptist Convention addressed the issue as follows in part:

WHEREAS, The National Council of the Boy Scouts voted on May 23, 2013, to approve new membership guidelines that state, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone”; and

WHEREAS, While those who embrace a biblical worldview are grateful that the leadership policy of the BSA remains unchanged, the executive leadership and certain members of the Boy Scouts board clearly signaled their desire to change both the membership and leadership policies of the BSA; and

WHEREAS, This decision of the BSA is viewed by many homosexual activists as merely the first step in a process that will fundamentally change the BSA, putting the Scouts at odds with a consistent biblical worldview on matters of human sexuality; and

WHEREAS, This decision has the potential to complicate basic understandings of male friendships, needlessly politicize human sexuality, and heighten sexual tensions within the Boy Scouts; and

WHEREAS, Many Southern Baptist churches sponsor Boy Scout troops and many Southern Baptists are involved in Scouting; and

WHEREAS, The Baptist Faith and Message states that “Christians should oppose . . . all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography,” and Southern Baptists consistently have expressed their opposition to the normalization of homosexual behavior in American culture through more than a dozen resolutions over the past thirty years; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Houston, Texas, June 11–12, 2013, express our continued opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we express our gratitude for the thousands of individuals within the Scouting family and the culture at large who expressed their opposition to the BSA executive leadership’s intent to change its membership and leadership policies in regard to homosexuality, leading to the compromise recommendation it presented to the BSA National Council; …

RESOLVED, That we affirm the right of all families and churches prayerfully to assess their continued relationship with the BSA, expressing our support for those churches and families that as a matter of conscience can no longer be part of the Scouting family; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage churches and families that remain in the Boy Scouts to seek to impact as many boys as possible with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ, to work toward the reversal of this new membership policy, and to advocate against any future change in leadership and membership policy that normalizes sexual conduct opposed to the biblical standard; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage churches that choose to sever ties with the Boy Scouts not to abandon their ministry to boys but consider expanding their Royal Ambassadors ministry, a distinctively Southern Baptist missions organization to develop godly young men; …

Note that the resolution does not ban Southern Baptist Churches from sponsorship of Boy Scout activities. To see the full resolution visit: http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/amResolution.asp?ID=1233.

There will continue to be forces that push for the continued culture shift and other forces that will resist the cultural changes. Both sides claim the moral high ground.

Ron Sanders
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Tame the Wild Outdoor Kid’s Fest at Nature Station

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (9/23/14) — Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites families to 'tame the wild' at the… Read More

Third Suspect Charged in Greenville Home Invasion Cases

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/22/14) ― The third of three suspects in the home invasion cases in Greenville has been… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

September 19, 2014 4863

Madisonville Man Among Three Arrested for…

in Top Stories by Muhlenberg Sheriff Curtis McGehee
September 20, 2014 3747

Large Cache of Drugs, Cash, Gun Seized;…

in Top Stories by MCSO PIO Alex Piper
September 19, 2014 2884

Five Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision at…

in Top Stories by MPD Officer Russell Nichols
September 22, 2014 2639

Medical Emergency Ends in Drug Arrest at…

in News by Madisonville Police Department
September 19, 2014 2544

Focus on Hopkins County: Crossfire

in News by Focus on Hopkins County

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

September 19, 2014 2884

Five Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision at…

in Top Stories by MPD Officer Russell Nichols
September 22, 2014 1906

Man Arrested for Slashing Tires

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 22, 2014 1667

Man Strikes Tree, Arrested for DUI,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 19, 2014 1527

My Kentucky Roads - Twin Maples Farm in…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
September 20, 2014 1222

Teams Race to Benefit Hopkins County…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

September 20, 2014 1155

Man Charged with Theft After KSP…

in Top Stories by Alexis McGee
September 19, 2014 924

STREET CLOSINGS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

in Top Stories by Abby Shelton
September 19, 2014 910

Police Searching for Hit-And-Run Driver

in Top Stories by Jennifer Smith, DCSO
September 22, 2014 481

Buffalo Paint Out Brings Regional Artists…

in Top Stories by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
September 19, 2014 413

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art News

in Top Stories by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

September 20, 2014 3747

Large Cache of Drugs, Cash, Gun Seized;…

in Top Stories by MCSO PIO Alex Piper
September 20, 2014 1811

Paradise NRA Banquet Promises Food, Fun,…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 22, 2014 1786

Third Suspect Charged in Greenville Home…

in Top Stories by MCITF PIO Wes Miller
September 22, 2014 1155

Muhlenberg Bass Team Members Score…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 22, 2014 1120

Hundreds Turn Out for Greenville Festival

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06