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CLARITY – 11-4-19 If True, Disgusting

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-4-19

If True, Disgusting

It’s Happening: “An Assistant Scoutmaster, Jonathan Spohrer, 26, was arraigned Friday on charges he was sexually abusing a 12-year old boy at several BSA retreats and meetings. He has pled not-guilty, but his duties and interaction with Scouts has been suspended. He was arrested at his home after a lengthy investigation and will stand trial in New York. An AP report, published Saturday said: ‘Chris Coscia, CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts, said the organization is ‘shocked and disgusted’ at the alleged behavior’ (https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/assistant-scoutmaster-charged-sexually-abusing-boy-12-66711854). ‘Upon learning of these reports, we removed this individual and prohibited him from any future participation in our programs,’ Coscia said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s why my kids are not in Scouts.”

Biblical Response:  “That might be reasonable and true…of course, it might also be a convenient excuse for parental non-involvement that rather favors any one of a number of self-indulging activities…like gaming, pornography, addiction to entertainment, etc. Listen, as a former Scoutmaster (for eight years), an Eagle Scout, and disappointed in their recent national decisions (like including girls and homosexuals), I have mixed emotions about Scouting. Fortunately, there are many faith-based alternatives (Royal Rangers, AWANA Clubs. etc.). Whatever any parent decides, boys need to be familiarized with proven outdoor survival skills (it improves his self-esteem), matters of personal integrity, leadership training, etc. We will be handing him a future that desperately needs these attributes.

“Christians? Sure, Jonathan needs to be prayed for…for repentance and probably deliverance (Matt. 17:21), but there is no place in the kingdom of God for sexual aberration (Rom. 1:24-32). We all need to be reminded from time to time that our youth are the leaders of tomorrow and need to be treated as the sacred truth that they are.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be the worthy repositories of Your grace…and responsibility; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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