scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Reverence PLEASE READ
Wed Feb 09 2000 - 14:14:09 CST
I don't quite know how to articulate this. It seems that every time I
post something to this list (it's been a few years) it concerns this
topic - duty to God.
I write in reference not only to a scout's duty to God, but to the
duty that every man and woman has to God. It pains me every
time I see the one true God that reigns in heaven and that has
created all things for his own pleasure, watered down into some
'universal concept of deity'. I know that many of you are itching
right now to send legions of e-mails to me chastising me for not
accepting and respecting all forms of religious thought. Hear this
plainly - I care nothing for those comments.
I understand that under our government, the BSA has the "right" to
declare "duty to God" to be whatever they choose. Remember
scouters, these "rights" that we hold so dear are not self-endowed,
but creator-endowed. I'm not here to try and change the BSA's
statements and policies. I'm here to do something much more
difficult than that - be an instrument in changing your heart.
I say this, not for myself, not for you, but because Jehovah God
deserves you. The Christ deserves the reward of his suffering.
When we throw the true God into the pot with all the
bastardizations of God that the world offers, we cheat God of the
glory he deserves.
Men and women of scouting, I exhort you to look deeply and
honestly at your lives and the examples that you set in both word
and in deed. I pray for you always that you would be called to
raise up a generation of scouts that are zealous for God! We must
exhort one another to be set apart from the ways of the world. Lets
exalt God! We have no reason to compromise the promises he
has given us, the direction that he has given us, and the life of
reckless abandon that he demands.
I say this to you in hope. Hope that God will receive glory from
your lives - today.
If you feel you must respond, please do so privately.