Chaplain Morrison (aettch@EMAIL.GRAFENWOEHR.ARMY.MIL)
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 14:04:23 -0400
Bob Lemley wrote:
>3) We believe that scouting and "religion" can change people. If
> we _really_ believe it, then how can we _refuse_ to allow someone
> who has been changed to lead. It means a lot more background
> study and oversight and other safeguards, meaning more work,
> but who said life is easy? And being a part of changed lives
> _is_work_. But I wouldn't be part of scouting if I didn't
> think it made a difference.
As a Scouter and as a Christian minister I agree that there is the potential
for scouting and "religion" to change lives. I guess that is why I am
involved in both. [the point ought to be made that the changes are of a
different nature - temporal vs eternal]
Just as we have discipline in the church of a person who has committed an
offense, so we ought to exercise "discipline" in dealing with a Scouter who
gets in trouble. Scouters are to set the example in living the Oath, Law,
etc. Serious trouble with law (which is substantiated - i.e. a conviction)
must lead to some sort of suspension, separation, or sanction.
In the church this is so also. There we also acknowledge the possibility of
repentance, forgiveness, and amendment of life for the offender (sinner).
TCC BSA Troop 261
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City