I’ve been watching two ways of dealing with a dilemma. The dilemma is choosing between “insiders”, who believe the Bible condemns homosexuality, and the general public, who pay the bills, that is coming to accept it.
One way of dealing with the dilemma is that of evangelist, Joel Osteen. He is upfront and open with his approach.
He explains it this way (paraphrasing). “The Bible seems to say homosexuality is a sin. But, my goal is to reach as many people as possible with my positive message. If I bring up this issue I lose people for everything else I want them to hear, so I don’t bring it up.” Osteen’s ministry is thriving.
Compare that to Boy Scouts of America. It knows it will not survive under its present policy of excluding gay boys and leaders. It is losing numbers and funding sources. Compared to Joel Osteen, it’s approach is muddled.
Boy Scouts are trying to appease “insiders”, preachers and denominations, by allowing a local option and now delaying even that change. It should say to Christian critics, “Look, we cannot survive as an institution that discriminates when the public now accepts gays. If you can guarantee our future with this discrimination, we’ll listen to you. If you can’t, goodbye.”
Pundits, like the one attached, hammer away at the Boy Scouts for dropping discrimination but don’t offer up another solution to the dilemma. The Boy Scouts need to adopt the Joel Osteen model.
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