Saturday, June 1, 2013

BSA and bad Churches

The Boy Scouts of America ruled a while ago that they can allow gay scouts as long as they are under 18.  It was something that I thought was interesting, but the ruling didn't catch my attention until I learned that some churches were kicking out scout troops because of this. I've only heard about two churches so far, but the idea that a church could refuse to associate with the organization because of this decision makes my blood boil.
I understand that some churches really do think that homosexuality is a sin and they try to remove homosexuals that refuse to repent for their "sin" from their congregations. I always thought this was horrible, but now there are churches going to new heights to remove gay people from their churches.  They won't even allow an organization which accepts gay youth meet in their buildings.
Think of what they are saying to young gay boy scouts.  They are not "loving the sinner but hating the sin", they are saying that these boy scouts are so repulsive that they can no longer come into their buildings.  They are punishing their entire troop for allowing them to still be scouts.  This is horrific.  In my opinion these churches are crossing the line.  I can sigh and leave churches who believe homosexuality is a sin alone, because I have hope that God is still doing good through them despite them being wrong on this issue. But when they start openly doing hateful things to hurt people who are trying to support gay people, I start having issues.  They are setting aside the greatest commandment, given by Jesus that states, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and Love Your Neighbor As Yourself." How can you love your neighbor if you refuse to let them into your buildings? If you take away your support just because they don't kick gay youth out of their organization? I don't think that's what Christ would do, and as Christians, aren't we supposed to follow his lead?
Part of me wants to yell at these churches, to organize people to tell them how wrong they are to do this.  I want them to lose membership, to die out.  I want their buildings to become vacant. I don't see how Christ can redeem people who do such an un-Christian thing.
But God is God, and Christ is Christ, and that means that there is still hope.  These churches could still turn around.  There can still be repentance from these congregations. In ten years, the congregants could look at the time they kicked out the BSA for allowing gay youth and blush with embarrassment.  I hope and pray that God redeems these situations.  I pray that the decisions these churches have made do not leave lasting wounds on the youth they reject.  I pray and hope because I know that the Christ who still proclaimed love after being brutally murdered is the Christ who refuses to let evil have the last say. 

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