As I watch the news and the debates and the Christians “take a stand” I am deeply saddened by what I hear and see from “Christians.”
The news reported last night that “allowing gays in the boy scouts goes against our Christian principles.”
Signs are being hoisted by our children to “keep scouts morally straight.”
Other signs read,
“Don’t invite sin into the camp,”
“A homosexual boy scout leader is like asking the fox to guard the chickens.”
Again I am coming to the conclusion that we in the North American church are more like the Pharisees than Jesus. And we are building more walls to reaching people with the Love of Jesus than we are bridges. At this point I know I just stepped in a big mess. But here I go…
Why is it that homosexuality seems to be the go to “sin?” What about lying? Cheating? Adultery? Heterosexual porn addiction? Gluttony? We do not mind if you are gay as long as you are not openly gay. We do not mind if you are a porn addict as long as we don’t know about it. Are we not “inviting sin in the camp” with every leader who we invite in and every child we invite in. Ask every leader one question: “Are you free from all sin and do you live daily without sin in your life”? If they cannot answer with perfect sinlessness we are inviting sin into the camp. Where do we draw the line?
This post is in no way a statement of being for or against homosexuality. It is instead a statement of being like Christ and what we teach our children. What I see our children learning here is how to categorize like the pharisees and avoid at all costs those who don’t fit our personal values.
Is it a Christian principle to segregate ourselves over behaviors that don’t match our beliefs?
“Christian” principles are the principles of Christ. So let’s look for a moment at Jesus.
Luke 15:1-2 “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Jesus didn’t just welcome sinners but even ate with them. In fact this accusation is the context for Jesus telling 3 parables… Parable of the Lost Sheep (leave the 99 and go for the 1)… Parable of the precious coin (search diligently for what is precious to the heart of God… Parable of the prodigal son (comparison between heart of God, heart of pharisee)
In Matthew 9, Jesus and his disciples are found eating in the home of Matthew along with his disreputable friends. And again the Pharisees are bothered because he was eating with them and Jesus response is…
“On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Here Jesus quotes Hosea 6:6 and puts showing mercy in the context of eating with sinners and tax collectors.
In Matthew 11:19 Jesus is accused of being a drunkard and a glutton and a friend of sinners.
“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
Now let’s talk “Christ”ian principles and what we are teaching our children?
- Principles of the Pharisee… focus on the sin
- Principles of Christ… focus on loving people in spite of sin.
Oh… a couple more questions: “is Boy Scouts of America a Christian organization?”
Can a Witch be a scout master?