The recent decision by the leadership of Boy Scouts of America to allow homosexuals to join its ranks prompted many social conservatives to cut ties with the organization. For some, that decision was made more difficult because of a long relationship with the scouting group.
Such was the case with Aldan Union Church in Pennsylvania. Since 1920, the church has allowed local Boy Scout troops to meet at its facility and has maintained a close partnership with the organization in the decades since.
Rev. Paul Thompson realized, however, that the two groups now espouse very different views on the issue of homosexuality. As a result, church elders voted to discontinue their relationship with the Boy Scouts moving forward.
Calling the move “excruciating,” Thompson explained spiritual leaders sometimes must make such difficult choices in order to stay in line with the Bible’s teachings.
“As a church,” he said, “we have a responsibility to our convictions.”
He added that, while the church does not hate homosexuals, it is their position that such behavior violates God’s law.
“We try to have the authority being in the scriptures rather than ourselves,” he noted, adding the church cannot stand for any sinful behavior.
“We believe that among those sins is the sin of homosexuality,” he concluded.
One scoutmaster whose troop will now have to find a new home said he doesn’t agree with the decision but doesn’t “fault the church for their views.”
The fallout after scouting leaders announced gays would now be welcome in the organization was widespread among Christians. With homosexuality enjoying a favored status in our popular culture, more and more historically traditional now feel pressured to change their own policies in order to placate the minority.
In return, however, such updates alienate many of those who have long been supportive of their original mission.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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