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The Secular God Does Not Save

I was amused when I heard a radio program that was debating the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to allow homosexual boys to participate in the BSA while still banning openly gay men from being leaders in the BSA.  Some, including the LDS Church, agreed with the BSA move and welcomed boys struggling with same-sex attraction.  For others, conservative Boy Scout chapters, this move violates what they believe the BSA should stand for and that is the boys should be “morally upright.”  They believe that homosexuality is hardly “morally upright.”  The LDS Church, however, responded saying that all boys should be welcomed to participate in BSA but should be taught to not act on their sinful desires for same-sex sex.

What I find humorous is that people see the “god” of the BSA as the God of Christianity.  While I would not deny that the BSA have based much of their views on God or people or morality upon the Christian concept of God, they are not one and the same.  Simply because the United States has “God” on their money or that the BSA has “God” in their bylaws does nothing to affirm the true God of the Bible.  Again, I note that the BSA has secular packs, LDS packs, Methodist packs, and many other charter groups.  All of them affirm “God” in their bylaws.  The Boy Scouts oath is:

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

While God is mentioned, who is this God?  In the BSA that god could be the god of Mormonism or the god of this group or that.  God is not defined.

The reality is that the secular god cannot save.  The secular god of the Boy Scouts or the god of a business is not always the God of the Bible and often God is left undefined.  The God of Scripture is not to be added to among our other pursuits.  The God of Scripture demands that we repent and make Him our lives (Luke 14:25-35).  The God of Scripture demands that we live lives of holiness and that we hate what He hates and we love what He loves.  The God of the Bible does not allow us to follow the dictates of the culture.  The God of the Bible demands total worship and adoration.  Our entire being is to be consumed by Him (Romans 12:1-2).  The God of the Bible is to be our highest passion and desire (Philippians 3:12-14).

My point in all of this is that the god of the Boy Scouts is not defined.  The god of the BSA is the same secular god who is on our money.  He is given some acknowledgement but He is not viewed as the sovereign God of the Bible who rules and reigns and who demands repentance.  We should be shocked to see the BSA opening themselves to the sins of our culture.  Their god cannot save.  Their god is their own god that they created.  The God of the Bible, however, does not change (Malachi 3:6).  What God demanded of His people 2000 years ago, He still demands today.  Let us then fear Him and stand in awe of the one true and living God of the Bible.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/27/2013 at 10:51 AM

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  1. this is one former boy scout that is deeply disturbed by the recent BSA decision.

    mike and brandy

    05/27/2013 at 1:32 PM

  2. Not only does the secular God not save, there is no reason we need saving. As long as we’re strong and loyal and do cool human things, the secular God is our biggest fan, cheering for us in heaven as we make the most of our human ability.


    05/29/2013 at 9:01 AM

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