There were predicitions by countless conservative Christian pundits Boy Scouts of America were doomed by their policy of accepting gay scouts.
Now, both the Mormons and Southern Baptists have voted to continue allowing their churches to be used for Scout troops. This is yet another case of conservative Christians saying no, no, no, and then saying yes.
Between the no and yes answers, other denominations made known their availability to the Scouts. There is a lesson here.
The lesson is, conservative churches need the Scouts more than the Scouts need conservative churches. It’s a sign political posturing of churches is mostly much about nothing.
Part of the Christian political message of recent elections has been, “We conservative Christians are a force to reckoned with. We are important. Ignore us at your peril.” Drawing such lines in the political sand are for the sophisticated and experienced, not the ham handed.
The Southern Baptist Convention called for boycotts of Disney and Ford Motor Company. The results were jokes.
It is hard to bring accountability of churches and denominations. Thus, for long periods of time leadership can make big mistakes, even embarrassing mistakes, and no one is fired.
The Catholic clergy keeps preaching about the sin of artificial birth control. But, the laity pays no attention. No one is fired. Better management would require clergy either stop preaching about its sinfulness, or, convince laity not to ignore them.
Southern Baptist Convention is now beginning to see membership may demand accountability on the gay scout issue.