Re: PLEASE READ (Reverence to God)
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Mon, 3 Nov 1997 16:45:16 -0500
Alan Burdette wrote, in part:
> Did you read that? For me to be "Reverent", I have to love the Lord my
> God, with all my heart, soul, and mind!
IMHO, Alan, the most important part in your statement is "For me...."
You would, I suspect, strongly resist another not of your faith telling
you how and why to worship, and evaluating whether you meet some litmus
test of faith. So, too, do others who have made their peace with the
spiritual world, and resent others telling them they do not "qualify" as
Frankly, I have more respect for a person who places enough importance
in the spiritual to wrestle with the issues, even if they end up in an
animist, agnostic or even atheist position, than I do for the go-along
type that may be a card-carrying congregation member, but who has no
actual, living faith. My personal hope is that BSA manages to carve out
a position in Scouting for those who adhere to no organized faith, but
have in some fashion made their peace with the spiritual world. I do not
think it would weaken the faith of those, like you, who have found a
deep personal faith to allow such persons to participate, and may in
fact give them the opportunity to share the experience of those of
faith. Excluding such persons serves no one, IMHO.
Yes, I know this thread is off-topic (discussions of "God" (as one of
the Three G's) properly belongs in rec.scouting.issues), and this will
be my only post.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City