Pastor's Corner

2 May

Mid-Week Challenge

The Battle of the Sexes seems to be very much alive and well.  Not on the tennis court, as some of you might remember, but in the Boy Scouts of America.  Last October The Boy Scouts announced that it would allow girls to become members and pursue an Eagle Scout badge stating the “changing nature of American life.”  The move was urged on by the National Organization for Women in supporting the efforts of a New York teenager, Sydney Ireland, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, as her older brother did.  The Girl Scouts shot back citing research that showed many girls learn best in an all-female environment. "We are unparalleled in our ability to build great female leaders who contribute to society at every level," a spokesperson stated.   

Less than a year later the Boy Scouts are going all in by announcing today that they are dropping "boy" from its name in a bid to attract more girls to its program.  Scouts BSA will begin accepting girls of all ages beginning next year.  The Girl Scouts fired back in a tweet: "Fact: Girl Scouts works." "That's why we're the best leadership development organization for girls in the world."  Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo stated, "We are, and will remain, the first choice for girls and parents who want to provide their girls opportunities to build new skills, explore STEM and the outdoors, participate in community projects, and grow into happy, successful, civically engaged adults." 

For many years the BSA and GSA helped young boys and girls transition into the leading men and women we have in our society today. Both organizations trace their origins to the local church but unfortunately both organizations are guilty of what the local church has become, a product of the culture.  The breakdown began in the late 1980s when the GSA leadership chose to make having “God” in their oath optional.  The BSA bowed to pressure and a few years ago by allowing openly gay men to serve as scout leaders.  But just recently have the two groups begun openly fighting with each other.  Sadly this is a fight that goes back much further than the creation of these once fine organizations. 

In Genesis 3 we have the account of the Fall of Mankind.  Both Adam and Eve willing chose to rebel against God and thus plunge all of humankind and Creation into sin and the horrible ramifications that follow.   In verse 16 God describes to the man and woman the pitiful future ahead of them and all humans to follow.   God tells Eve, “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”   Many have often attributed this part of the curse to physical attraction but in reality it is much deeper than that.  Here God is telling both Adam and Eve that from now on your relationship has changed.  You are both equal in My image but I created you both for very different roles in this world.  From this point forward your struggle will be to fulfill your roles in the gender I created you.  For some of you, the desire will be to go outside what I created you to be and long to be the other.  The struggle will be to learn what it means to be made in My image as a man or as a woman.  To work together with the strengths you both have been given independently by combining these as a unit.   The man must fight the urge to give up his duty as a leader of the two and the woman must fight her urge to take leadership from him.  Obviously, a humanistic world is offended by this and seeks to break apart the most important unit of all, the family.  The devil has known this from the beginning (he was there) and has made it his goal to destroy the family. He seeks to divide the husband and wife, the parent and child, the brother and sister and ultimately the Community of Believers by disrupting this God created order in society. 

The past success of the BSA and GSA was in fact because, as they tweeted, “it works,” at least, it did.  At one time both groups helped boys become men and girls become women but when you blur the lines of what it means to be a man or woman we are transported right back to the Garden of Eden and we hear the warning of our Creator “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”  You might not like, you might disagree with it, Paul even calls it a mystery, but you cannot deny it. History shows that this continues to be the greatest struggle we must overcome.    

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.  Genesis 2:24 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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