If you haven't realized, there is a war going on. Anyone that wonders why we have the war chapters in Alma needs to read it again in light of our day, and the fortifications and creativity we need to have to keep ahead in that war.
It especially seems that boys are under attack. Google "war on boys" and you'll find article after article.
I wrote this post a few months ago regarding the LDS church's announcement lowering the missionary age by a year and pointed out that I image Satan was surprised and angered by that announcement. "I'm sure he's pulling out all the stops, and will be doing all he can to get our kids even earlier. Time to be far more watchful, prayerful, and careful than ever."
This week it was announced that the Boy Scouts of America will be voting next week to make a huge policy change. Let's just say I was surprised and angered by this, as I know a lot of other people that love scouting were as well. I had an ah-ha this morning - this is Satan's touche! I wish I had all the amazing statistics in hand, but scouting is a huge benefit to boys. In the LDS church we even go as far as calling it the activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood.
One of my favorite musicals, "The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band," has a song at the beginning that includes the words, "Twas a time for a man, and he was a man for the time." That song as been in my mind regarding the fact that Thomas S. Monson is the current president of the LDS church and is the longest serving member on BSA's executive board. He will be at the deciding meeting. I love that, knowing that whatever decision is made there, he will come home with the proper direction for the church. I'm currently the Webelos leader in our unit, and if the LDS church stops its association with the BSA, I imagine I would become the Faith in God for Boys leader and do many of the same things we do now. And if he says we stay, I will definitely support that too. Incredible how the Lord works, having President Monson in place there for this current battle. We've had prophets that support scouting, but none that love it as much as him.
One of the stickier issues involves all the amazing employees of BSA in our area. If the church pulled out of scouting right now, our district would have one scouting unit left. I don't know the statistics for the other districts in our council or for councils in the area, but in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming I imagine that BSA membership would become comparatively almost non-existent. What that means for all the great paid scouters, I don't know. Maybe sent to another area? Maybe laid off? Regardless, it stinks, and a really awful side effect.
I've had people tell me, "Each unit will be able to decide for themselves, so it would be fine, right?" I don't think it would. When you have units holding to the historically strong values of scouting, and others that . . . don't . . . there would be plenty that would take it to the total extreme in the opposite, and the face of scouting will be tainted.
This isn't about money. This isn't about support. It's about boys. And OUR future. Remember, the boys today will be our leaders tomorrow. Without leaders that make strong moral and ethical choices based on the Scout Oath and Law, the war on boys will be even more in the hands of those that wish to tear boys down.
Pray. Write. Fight. HARD!
Oct. 2012 conference - missionary age lowered
Jan. 2013 - announcement about the 1st BSA membership change
July 2015 - another BSA membership change announcement