Southern Baptists on Boy Scouts and Homosexuals – Misplaced Priorities
I am a social conservative, and I don’t support homosexuality. I probably wouldn’t be too opinionated about homosexual marriage either way if not for the homosexuals who are absolutely militant about their lifestyles and try to sue the crud out of anyone who doesn’t agree with it, or bakers who, due to religious reasons, (Link): don’t want to provide cakes for homosexual marriage ceremonies.
I also realize that militant homosexual groups are very vocal and active in trying to cram their views down the throats of all Americans, which annoys me to no end. I don’t particularly care if people are homosexual, as long as they’d get off their soap boxes about it and stop forcing the matter.
However, many conservative Christians, and certainly the Southern Baptist Convention and series of churches, remains abnormally fixated on all things homosexual (and on other aspects of secular culture), as well as too keen to try to push Christian agendas via politics.
At the recent SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) held in Houston, Texas, here is one consensus they reached:
Excerpt (by the way, this article incorrectly refers to Southern Baptists as “Protestants”. Southern Baptists are not Protestants):
- The nation’s largest Protestant denomination stopped short of calling for its member churches to boycott the Boy Scouts, but voiced strong opposition to acceptance of gay scouts – with a top church leader predicting at the annual gathering of Southern Baptists that a “mass exodus” of youths from the program that has been a rite of passage for more than a century.
Instead of being preoccupied by those outside the church, Christians are supposed to help fellow Christians first and foremost ((Link): Galatians 6:10), and primarily judge those who are within the body of Christ, not obsessively focus on judging Non Christians in secular culture:
- What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? (1 Cor 5:12)
Southern Baptists and a lot of other Christians claim they are concerned about the inroads homosexuals are making in culture, not just with the BSA (Boy Scouts), but concerning the erosion of “traditional marriage.”
The deterioration of traditional marriage by homosexuals does not really matter all that much, when there is currently a sizable section of Americans, particularly unmarried Christian hetero-sexual women, who desire marriage, but there are no marriage partners (single Christian men of comparable age) for them to marry.
Putting the homosexuals aside for the moment, just consider all the “staight” Christian women who, born in the mid to late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s who fully expected and looked forward to being married by their late 20s to mid 30s, but still remain single into their late 30s and 40s, and some are in their late 20s now and report having a hard time making it to the altar.
Traditional marriage is already suffering, because hetero, Christian women who want to marry are remaining single against their wishes, because there are not enough Christian single males out there.
It is past time that SBC and other churches in America begin addressing this problem.
I saw on a Christian site where similar topics were being discussed, where a woman (who must be in her 60s, who claims to have been married for over 40s years), balked at another reader’s suggestion that churches help singles get married by doing things such as hosting more social events for older singles, by saying that “church is not a social club.” She is wrong.
Oh yes, yes church most certainly is a “social club.” One reason God created the church is so that Christians could fellowship with each other for the purposes of companionship, emotional and financial support, and to carry the burdens of life with each other.
Church, contrary to what a lot of American Christians assume, was never meant to be only about worshipping God (i.e., singing “praise songs”), spreading the Gospel, and engaging in religious practices, such as reading from the Bible.
Most of the Christians, usually married, (but I’ve seen some singles who feel this way as well – see this page), seem perfectly fine with churches who sponsor “youth rally” type events, or singles Church classes and functions for teens and college-aged singles, such as live rock band shows or pizza parties, but hypocritically, these same individuals take issue with churches offering “pizza parties” (the equivalent to that) for single adults past age 30. Talk about hypocrisy.
Why are these sorts of Christians fine and peachy with churches meeting the needs of un-married persons under the age of 25 – 30, but all the sudden take issue with churches taking practical steps to help singles past the age of 30? Why are those people over the age of 30 any less important than those under 30?
If Christians are serious about re-establishing “traditional marriage,” they will stop focusing on homosexual marriage so much and instead begin assisting un-married hetero- Christian women past the age of 30 who would like to get married but can’t seem to find a Christian Mr. Right anywhere.
Please see my previous post: