The Boy Scouts and Gays: What Would Jesus Do?

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“The essential element in Christianity as it was preached by Jesus and as it is comprehended by thought, is this, that it is only through love that we can attain to communion with God. All living knowledge of God rests upon this foundation: that we experience Him in our lives as will-to-love…

“The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.”

 – Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer


Recently the Southern Baptist denomination announced that their members would be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse in protest over the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow gay boys to participate as Scouts. I was immediately reminded of Jesus’ call to love our neighbor unconditionally, and reminded of how Jesus’ message is so often defiled by those who claim to follow him.

The Reverend Doctor Albert Schweitzer is my favorite Christian theologian of all time. Among the many accomplishments of this Nobel Peace Prize laureate were his monumental works, “The Quest of the Historical Jesus” and “Out of My Life and Thought,” which argued that the entire message of the life and teachings of Jesus could be distilled into the message of a call to unconditional love. This simple message guided the actions of his life, and was summed up in his famous term, “Reverence for Life.”

The quotes above are offered as guidance to the Southern Baptists and others who would claim to let the life and message of Jesus the Christ guide the actions of their life.

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About John Lundin

JOHN LUNDIN ( Editor of The Democratic Daily, is a self-described "spiritual agitator" and the author of The New Mandala – Eastern Wisdom for Western Living, written in collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Journey to the Heart of the World, a spiritual and environmental novel written with the indigenous elders of la Sierra Nevada in Colombia. Rev. Lundin earned his Master’s Degree in theology from Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago, and teaches world religions and cross-cultural spirituality, and leads meditation workshops and spiritual growth retreats throughout the world.
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2 Responses to The Boy Scouts and Gays: What Would Jesus Do?

  1. Alessandra says:

    “Love your neighbor” does mean fall for a harmful homosexuality agenda.

    What Americans hate to face is how deformed and dysfunctional they are regarding sexuality, thus, the deluge of porn, promiscuity, STDs, and their obsession about normalizing homosexuality, to name a few.

    “love your neighbor” is never to be interpreted as endorse harm and sexual perversion, just because some people are too unethical and deformed about their sexuality and refuse to go investigate their homosexuality problems and treat them.

    This is something the OP cannot realize.

  2. Homosexuality is normal for homosexuals.