The Boy Scout’s Most Important Badge: Courage By Penny Young Nance , Special to CP

The all-out war against God‘s model for marriage and sexuality is at its apex. Just as we submit our Supreme Court “friend-of-the-court” briefs in support of marriage today, homosexual activists are putting enormous pressure on the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to finally embrace homosexuality by allowing homosexual leaders within their ranks.

I’d like to encourage the Boy Scouts of America to earn their most needed badge – courage, courage to face the bullying and intimidation from a group hoping they bend to the forces of political correctness and betray their 102-year record of moral leadership. Why are they backtracking on what the Supreme Court has said is their right?

The BSA released a statement Monday, saying, “Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation …” Such action will only result in destroying the Scouts’ reputation and parents’ confidence in what their children will be exposed to as they participate in BSA programs.

Gallup reports that only 42 percent of Americans support changing the policy to allow homosexual scout leaders. Clearly, any poll of parents with sons participating in BSA would be much larger because they understand that the model used to train these young men demands small leader/scout ratios. The adults are always the smallest group in the room and, therefore, must be above reproach for parents to allow their sons to join. Clearly this decision is more about pleasing corporate sponsors than parents.

The BSA trainseach young man to become a leader by allowing them to lead young Scouts. Not surprisingly, two hundred and six members of the 112th Congress have participated in scouting.

I personally saw how far the LGBT community will go to infiltrate the next generation. On a recent flight home, I witnessed a group of 40 Boy Scouts, some of them as young as 11 years old, getting ready to board their plane, as a group of lesbians performed a “kiss-in” right in front of them in the airport. This is only the beginning of how far they would go to embarrass little boys to make their point.

Homosexual activists long ago declared war on the BSA and have for years delivered blow after blow against them for their stand against open homosexuality within their leadership. The Scouts have stood with dignity and valor through every attempt, but all that might be about to change. Homosexual activists are on the brink of finally bullying them into submission, just as they have done with the military under President Obama’s leadership.

The Boy Scouts of America won this battle in 2000, when the Supreme Court affirmed their right to exclude openly “gay” and lesbian adults from participating and leading troops. Concerned Women for America moms echo that decision. Leaving this decision up to local religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units will lead to inevitable confusion and mistrust.

We call on the Boy Scouts of America to remain faithful to their foundation and to be above all courageous in pursuing their core principle of “Duty to God.” Don’t let the Scouts become just one more institution where Christians will be forced to compromise their convictions.

“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” Matthew 12:34

I’ll never forget a double date that Martie and I had with another couple in college. I was driving, which meant that my then fiancée, Martie, was in the front with me while the other couple was sitting in the back. My friend in the back was an All-American pitcher for our college baseball team, and he was engaged to a popular co-ed on campus. As we rode along, our group conversation eventually dropped off and Martie and I thought we heard soft singing coming from the backseat. I could hardly believe it! This macho athlete was actually serenading his girlfriend! This guy had it bad—he had a “heart condition” that needed to be expressed!

We all have “heart conditions.” They’re those deeply rooted thoughts and feelings that ultimately show up in our words. Which makes our tongues the tattletales of the true condition of our heart. As Jesus said, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”

When we have love in our hearts, our words are kind and gentle; they build up and encourage. Humble hearts speak about what is best for others and willingly admit and apologize for being wrong. Patient hearts are slow to respond to moments of stress, and God-honoring hearts look for opportunities to give God the glory and praise for all He has done. You can tell a lot about a person by what they say—and what they don’t say.

But it’s not just good hearts that show up in our words. Unfortunately for most of us, our words often reveal the dark side of our hearts as well. As James 3:10 tells us, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.” Proud hearts love to boast about accomplishments and are willing to use words to put others down to lift ourselves up. Angry hearts vent through our mouths, and fearful hearts often lash out verbally for self-protection and defense. Self-centered hearts turn conversations back toward us. And when your heart feels slighted, you will find that murmuring and complaining are on the tip of your tongue.

As my pastor friend James MacDonald says, “You know a lot about a person by listening to what spills out when they are bumped!” How true. Next time you speak, listen to your words—they are telling on your heart! And if you don’t like the kind of secrets that your words are giving away, then listen to what you’ve said so that you can know what needs to be fixed on the inside. And fixing the inside may just mean that you turn over the control of your heart to the Holy Spirit. When you do that, pride, anger, fear, self-centeredness, bitterness, and all the other demons of your haunted heart will be chased away by the love, joy, peace, and patience that only the Spirit can bring (Galatians 5:22-23).

Pay attention to the words that get you into trouble, and you’ll be able to identify and deal with the sin that is at the heart of the matter. After all, all talk is heart talk.


  • How often is your speech a sweet serenade to those around you? Make it a point to use your words to show love to someone at least once each day this week.
  • Pray and ask God to make you more aware of your words—the good and the bad. Ask Him to show you how your words relate to the condition of your heart.
  • Spend time journaling about your top verbal struggles and find a verse that relates to each one. When you are tempted to engage in that sin, quote the corresponding verse. Chart your progress in the pages of your journal.
  • Meditate on Psalm 19:14; 51:10 and ask God to give you a renewed sensitivity for His blessing on your words and your heart.

The Dilemma of Obedience

Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision —1 Samuel 3:15

God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, “I wonder if that is God’s voice?” Isaiah said that the Lord spoke to him “with a strong hand,” that is, by the pressure of his circumstances (Isaiah 8:11). Without the sovereign hand of God Himself, nothing touches our lives. Do we discern His hand at work, or do we see things as mere occurrences?

Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance (1 Samuel 3:9). Every time circumstances press in on you, say, “Speak, Lord,” and make time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline— it is meant to bring me to the point of saying, “Speak, Lord.” Think back to a time when God spoke to you. Do you remember what He said? Was it Luke 11:13 , or was it 1 Thessalonians 5:23? As we listen, our ears become more sensitive, and like Jesus, we will hear God all the time.

Should I tell my “Eli” what God has shown to me? This is where the dilemma of obedience hits us. We disobey God by becoming amateur providences and thinking, “I must shield ’Eli,’ ” who represents the best people we know. God did not tell Samuel to tell Eli— he had to decide that for himself. God’s message to you may hurt your “Eli,” buttrying to prevent suffering in another’s life will prove to be an obstruction between your soul and God. It is at your own risk that you prevent someone’s right hand being cut off or right eye being plucked out (see Matthew 5:29-30).

Never ask another person’s advice about anything God makes you decide before Him. If you ask advice, you will almost always side with Satan. “. . . I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood . . .” (Galatians 1:16).

On Wings of Eagles

“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”—Exodus 19:4

This Torah portion for this week, Yitro, is from Exodus 18:1—20:23 and Isaiah 6:1—7:6; 9:5—6.

Between June  1949 and September  1950, Israel ran a secret operation known as Operation Magic Carpet. During that time, 380 flights were made between Yemen and Israel, rescuing more than 49,000 Jews from Arab countries where they were being oppressed.

When the Jews being rescued boarded the planes that would airlift them to Israel, they were sure that the messiah had come. They had never seen planes before, and to them, these were the ‘eagles’ prophesized about in the book of Isaiah: “They will soar on wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31). To the Jews of Yemen, those airplanes were God’s eagles that would carry them home. And that’s how Operation Magic Carpet became more popularly known as Operation Wings of Eagles.

The Jews of Yemen weren’t completely wrong. Although they were still waiting for the messiah, they were experiencing the miracles foretold by the prophets. The Jewish people were on their way home, and like eagles, they took flight.

The children of Israel who left Egypt for Israel went on “eagles’ wings,” too. In this week’s Torah reading, God told them, “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” The children of Israel certainly didn’t fly on airplanes, so just what did God mean?

The Sages explain that all other birds carry their young in their claws because they are afraid of high-flying predators that soar above them. But no bird flies higher than the eagle. The eagle only has to worry about men below. So it puts its young on its wings. The eagle places itself between its young and any danger. If anyone wants to take a shot from below, they will have to deal with the eagle first.

Like an eagle, no one is higher than God. And like an eagle, He protects His children with love. When God took the children of Israel out of Egypt, He placed the ‘Pillar of Cloud’ between them and the Egyptians. The Egyptians would have to get through the cloud if they wanted to reach the Israelites. But God would not let them. He miraculously kept them safe from harm.

Today, God continues to bring His people back to their ancient homeland. He does this ‘on wings of eagles’ – with miracles, compassion, and love. Here at The Fellowship we are part of that miracle, together with our Christian friends around the world. Our aptly named ministry, ‘On Wings of Eagles,’ helps needy and persecuted Jews around the world come home to Israel and create a new life.

We invite you to join us in the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy unfolding in our times. Together we can help those eagles take flight!

A Scout is morally straight and clean in thought, word and deed

On Monday the Boy Scouts of America — which successfully fought against allowing homosexuals into its ranks all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 —said it may reverse its policy next week.

I write as a Life Scout (one level below an Eagle Scout).  I am a member of the Order of the Arrow and attended the Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs in 1960.

My Dad was an assistant Scout Master.  My Scout Master was the founder and former head of the Packaging Department at Michigan State University – a wonderful man and a great example, a great Scout.  Millions from years past and present would have similar comments regarding straight men leading with decency and honor in word  and deed.

Scout Oath:

On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. 

Scout Law

A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent

Often our leaders had us recite these pledges as we started our meetings.  We committed them to memory.  Why?  Because this was what we strove to become and be as Boy Scouts of America.   Men of character in word and deed.

I have been pleased to see how Scout leadership has held fast to these pledges.  And as they held to them, they were targeted more and more. Others have compromised – lacked courage to uphold the high standards they once proclaimed.   Once honorable organizations like the Girl Scouts and most recently the U.S. Military slid and gave in with huge ramnifications.

The Scout Oath and the Scout Law are honorable and call young men to be honorable:    morally straight and clean in thought, word and deed.

I urge you to do as I just did:  Call the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 972-580-2000  and urge them to standfast to their standards!  As I told the BSA representative,  on a 10 scale, I want you to know that my disappointment/disgust will be 10 out of 10 if you fall.

Where is moral courage?  Where are spiritual leaders in our day?  Is this about money?

Will money be withheld from the Boy Scouts if they don’t get in line with the PC crowd?

In my devotions in recent days, there were a couple of quotes that challenge on this front:

Is the Word of God tremendously penetrating and sharp in me as I hand it on to you, or does my life betray the things I profess to teach?~ Oswald Chambers, The utmost for His Highest

—- Does my life betray the things I profess to teach?   —  Were those years where young men like myself committed the Scout Oath and Scout Law just high sounding words or were they meant to be life commitments?

And this one from Matthew Henry:

Beware of hypocrisy, for if it reigns in you, it will ruin you. It is the dead fly that spoils the whole box of precious ointment. ~Matthew Henry

Hypocrisy?  May it not be so with the Boy Scouts of America!!

I used to ask how Sodom and Gomorrah became Sodom and Gomorrah.  We are seeing how before our very eyes.  One by one as the peer pressure (politically correct) applies pressures of various kinds over a long period of time.

Others will get a pay raise.  You won’t.

You lose your job for some vague reason that just doesn’t make sense.

You’ll be accused of being an old fossil.

Bullying is okay for them.  Too often it works to get people in line.

Remember when it was reported that Chic-Fil-A  had bowed to homosexual pressures?

Chic-Fil-A  hadn’t and didn’t.

The Boy Scouts haven’t either but reports from many corners are that the decision will be made very, very soon.

Dr. Albert Mohler stated the following in his blog addressing this societal concern:

The new policy to be adopted by the Boy Scouts of America represents a revolution in what that esteemed organization understands “morally straight” to mean. We should not let that pass without taking notice of what that revolution will eventually bring about — nothing less than a reversal of what morality is understood to demand.

I urge you to place your call to the Boy Scouts now:  ) 972-580-2000

Elisha’s Way Of Treating Enemies

Once while the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he said to his officers, “In such and such a place we shall hide and surprise them.” But Elisha, the man of God, sent word to the ruler of Israel, “Take care that you do not pass that place, for the Arameans are hiding there.” So the ruler of Israel sent soldiers to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him many times, so that he could there be on his guard.

The king of Aram was very much troubled by this, and he called his officers and said to them, “Can you not tell me who has betrayed us to the ruler of Israel?” One of his officers replied, “No one, my lord, O king, for Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the ruler of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber.” The king said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” And they told the king, “Elisha is now in Dothan.”

So the king sent horses and chariots there and a great army. And they arrived at night and surrounded the city. When the man of God rose early the next morning and went out, an army with horses and chariots was about the city; so that his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He answered, “Fear not, for they who are with us are more than they who are with them.” And Elisha prayed and said, “Jehovah open his eyes, that he may see.” Then Jehovah opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the highlands around about Elisha were full of horses and chariots of fire.

When the Arameans came toward him, Elisha prayed to Jehovah, and said, “Make this people blind.” So Jehovah made them blind, as Elisha asked. Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way nor the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek!” So he led them to Samaria.

But as soon as they came to Samaria, Elisha said, “O Jehovah, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” And Jehovah opened their eyes, so that they could see, and there they were in Samaria. When the ruler of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I cut them down?” Elisha answered, “You shall not cut them down; would you cut down those whom you have not taken captive with your sword nor with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them; and when they had had food and drink, he sent them back to their master. So the robber bands of Arameans no longer invaded the land of Israel.

Later, Benhadad, king of Aram, gathered all his army and besieged Samaria. The famine was so severe in Samaria while they were besieging it, that an ass’s head was sold for eighty pieces of silver.

Once as the ruler of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, “Help, my lord.” He answered, “If Jehovah does not help you, from where can I bring help to you? From the threshing-floor or from the wine-press?” However, the ruler of Israel said to her, “What is the trouble with you?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him to-day, and we will eat my son to-morrow!’ So we cooked my son and ate him, and I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.”

When the ruler of Israel heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes; and as he was passing by on the wall, the people looked and saw that he wore sackcloth next to his skin.

Now Elisha was sitting in his house with the elders beside him; and while he was still talking with them, the ruler of Israel came down to him and said, “See, this is the evil that comes from Jehovah! Why should I put my hope in Jehovah any longer?” But Elisha said, “Hear the word of Jehovah, for he says, ‘To-morrow about this time a peck of fine meal shall be sold for a piece of silver and two pecks of barley for a piece of silver in the gate of Samaria.'” Then the charioteer on whose arm the ruler of Israel leaned answered the man of God, “If Jehovah himself should make windows in heaven, could this be possible?” He said, “You shall see it with your own eyes.”

Now there were four lepers just outside the gate; and they said one to another, “Why do we sit here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ then, since there is famine in the city, we shall die there; but if we sit here, we shall die too. Now, come, let us go over to the army of the Arameans. If they spare our lives, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.”

So they set out in the evening to go over to the camp of the Arameans. But when they came to the edge of the camp of the Arameans, no one was there, for the Lord had made the army of the Arameans hear a noise of chariots and of horses and of a great army, and they said to one another, “Surely the ruler of Israel has hired the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us.” So they rose and fled in the twilight; and they left their tents, their horses and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their lives. When these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank and carried away silver and gold and clothing and hid them. Then they came back and entered another tent and carried away what was in it and went and hid that.

Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right; this day is a day of good news. If we keep still and wait until morning punishment will overtake us. Now, come, let us go and tell those in the palace.” So they called the watchmen at the city gate and said to them, “We went to the camp of the Arameans, but there was no one there and no sound of men’s voices. The horses and asses were tied and the tents were just as they had been.”

The watchmen at the city gate shouted this news to those in the palace. And the ruler of Israel rose in the night and said to his servants, “I will now tell you what the Arameans have done: they know that we are hungry; so they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we will take them alive and get into the city.'”

But one of his servants spoke up and said, “Let some men take a pair of the horses which are left here. If they die, they will be like most of the Israelites who are dying! Let us send and find out.” So they took two men on horseback, and the ruler of Israel sent them after the army of the Arameans with the command, “Go and see.” They followed them to the Jordan; and all the way was filled with clothes and weapons which the Arameans had thrown away in their haste. So the messengers returned and told the ruler of Israel.

Then the people went and carried things away from the camp of the Arameans. So a peck of fine meal was sold for a piece of silver, and two pecks of barley for a piece of silver, just as Jehovah had said.