Posted by: the warrioress | February 7, 2013

Boy Scout Ban on GLBT Children

The Boy Scouts of America ban against GLBT children is discriminatory and wrong.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. –Matthew 21:32

As a Christian, for me this Boy Scout ban isn’t about the morality of the act of homosexuality, nor is it even about one’s sexual orientation, based upon what the bible tells us.  Sin does not even enter into this matter. This ban is about judgment and condemnation; it does not show the love that Jesus Christ demonstrated to those whom many condemn. How have loving Christians been led so far astray from what the bible teaches?

Take such as, the story of the adulteress in the bible, or the prostitute, Mary Magdalene. Or how about Nicodemus, the tax collector? How were these imperfect, sinful people treated by Jesus Christ? Were they banned from His presence? Were they ordered to steer clear of Him?

No. They most definitely were not.

When they persisted in asking him questions, he straightened up and said, “The person who is sinless should be the first to throw a stone at her.”  – John 8:7

Jesus welcomed these people into his inner circle with love, kindness, and gentleness. He didn’t even rebuke them in a negative way, but just stressed that they should go and sin no more. He addressed the adulteress directly when He alluded to her current “husband,” but didn’t linger upon or give a lengthy lecture, nor reject her because of her sin. He absolutely didn’t tell sinners that they couldn’t be a member of His group and would have to be banned until they stopped their sinning. No, Jesus didn’t tell sinners that He was going to exile them until they got their act together, so why are we doing so?

Christians could learn a lot from the example of Jesus Christ, in this regard.

Later Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house. Many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. – Matthew 9:10

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  1. I think that you have this exactly right!

  2. Amen.


  3. You cited Jesus as example, but the boys scout is an organisation which has to make decision based on what it thinks better suits its purpose.

    You will not like apostle Paul who once asked that an adulterer be expelled and was only readmitted into the church after “straightening himself out”in obvious repentance.

  4. Well done!!

  5. The Boy Scouts of America can make their own decision. But I don’t see any contradiction between loving those with whom you disagree and being discerning regarding under whose authority you place your children. In our home, everyone is welcome and we serve gay and straight, believer and non-believer alike. But when I allow someone to lead or teach my children, I scrutinize their character and behavior. Why? Because a life of righteousness is more caught than taught. Modeling matters.

    Christ invites everyone into His world. This is exemplified perfectly in the passage you cited- neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more. But He has expectations for those who are to be considered leaders in the church and in the home.

  6. Kayode Crown said:

    “You cited Jesus as example, but the boys scout is an organisation which has to make decision based on what it thinks better suits its purpose.

    You will not like apostle Paul who once asked that an adulterer be expelled and was only readmitted into the church after “straightening himself out”in obvious repentance.”

    Hi Kayode,

    The Boy Scouts are an organization that are behaving in a discriminatory fashion toward innocent children. There is already a serious problem whereby glbt children commit suicide because they are harassed and made to feel bad because of their sexual/intimate romantic preferences. An actual ban against them by an agency that claims morality is hypocritical and not Christ-like.

    The Boys Scouts of America are a social club not a church. Paul asked that an adulterer be expelled because he was a part of the Christian body of believers and had been found actively continuing in sin, (though I still don’t understand shunning someone based upon behavior when we cannot know the condition of their heart — only God can), nevertheless, I understand what the bible teaches in this regard, but these aren’t even close to the same circumstances as the situation you cite.

    If there is a lack of repentance, there is only one answer – excommunication, disfellowship. This is what Paul did with the Corinthian man who had brazenly entered into a sinful relationship with his step-mother (1Cor. 5:1-5). Until he repented, he was to be removed from the church.
    But Paul’s ultimate goal was to see the man driven to a place of repentance, where he could be restored. He later told the Corinthians to forgive and comfort the man, otherwise he would be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow (2Cor. 2:6-8). He told them,
    2Cor. 2:8 Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm {your} love for him.
    And so sin should never be ignored or swept under the rug – it must be confronted. But that should always be done with a view towards restoration from a spiritual heart of love.

    These are Christians, church members of the body of Christ….

    We’re not talking about church members and we know not whether these children are even saved. These children are being banned before they are even taken into this social club. Jesus Christ did not condemn and reject the worst of sinners before they even had opportunity to socialize with Him. He welcomed ALL.

    Paul says the following:

    I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn’t make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous. I didn’t mean that you should have nothing at all to do with outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue- or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You’d have to leave the world entirely to do that! But I am saying that you shouldn’t act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can’t just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. I’m not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don’t we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers? God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house. –1 Corinthians 5:9-13

    It’s clear that those who are “outsiders” are not to be judged, banned, shunned, or mistreated.

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