Ethics: Openly Gay Scout in Son’s Boy Scout Troop

What would you do Wednesday!

I thought the following scenario would be interesting since the Boy Scouts of America recently changed their policy to accept openly homosexual scouts.

Your son gets home from his latest Boy Scout Troop meeting. He is dropped off by the father of a fellow scout. The father calls you over to the car to say hello.

He also has a concern.

He explains to you the Troop tonight was introduced to two gay scouts who, in light of the policy change, decided to open up about their sexuality. They were tired of hiding their sexuality and wanted to be honest in hopes to be accepted for who they are. This father is not happy about these revelations.

Just before driving away he says, “I know you’re a Christian. I’m a conservative Jew and we both know homosexuality is wrong in God’s eyes. We need to figure out what we’re going to do about this issue. I’ll call you later this week.”

Inside, you sit down and talk to your son about the two scouts who came out tonight. Your 12 year old son is not sure what to think. He understands that homosexual activity is a sin, but he has known these two homosexual scouts for the past year. He considers them friends. Even though the new information feels a little strange to him at the moment, he still wants to be friends with him.

Your son informs you that the Troop Leader said they are now to accept any and all openly gay scouts without judgement. No one is to tell them that these boys are sinning, but just stick to scouting and growing in character helping one another like always.

In short, your son is called to accept the homosexuality of his two friends without question.

What would you do?

  • Tell your son to love the sinner, hate the sin and go on as usual.
  • Have your son keep scouting and attempt to evangelize his friends.
  • Pull him out of the troop immediately.
  • Pull him out and contact the media about the issue.
  • Call Westboro “Baptist Church”.
  • Or….
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1 CaraOD June 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Personally, I’d have started with the father of the boy who said to me, “I know you’re a Christian. I’m a conservative Jew and we both know homosexuality is wrong in God’s eyes…” by telling him that an individual’s sexuality is neither good nor bad in God’s eyes; it’s what people DO with their sexuality that matters. 
I know I’m showing my age, but when I was 12, no kids talked about this subject.  Sure, most of us had crushes on members of the opposite sex (and, I’m sure, some had same-sex crushes), but we hadn’t acted on any of them.  Nowadays, kids seem to grow up faster–a LOT faster–so the subject does come up.  Still, even today, I don’t think a 12-year-old is mature enough (or should be expected) to address this complex subject with a 12-year-old of a different sexual orientation, other than to suggest (if that other kid raises the subject himself) that he talk about it with a trusted adult if he has questions or concerns.  Never, though, should any teasing or taunting be  tolerated.  
Therefore, I’d opt for my son to keep on scouting if he enjoys it and to extend friendship and good will to all the boys in his troop.  A Christian dad and mom should, of course, encourage their son to live his faith, witness by his example, and to glorify God in all that he does (or does not do) and says (or does not say).  
There are loads of straight men who have gay friends and acquaintances.  It’s not contagious. 😉  When these kids grow up, there will be many more.

2 Pastor Rubino June 9, 2013 at 1:13 am  At such a young age sexual habits and desires should not be an issue. This is child abuse and perversion. The New Agers I used to confront in New York City 20 years ago have infiltrated the church. This is all a Satanic agenda of perversion and filth. Give people a chance to repent and be saved by telling the truth. We are to remove our children from this type of organization and form a Christian alternative. We must always love and show mercy to those trapped in sin by proclaiming the unedited gospel, which includes repentance!


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