The Girl Scouts Sue The Boy Scouts For Being Too Inclusive: A Christian Response

scoutsThe Girl Scouts of the USA have sued the Boy Scouts of America for reaching out to girls. While the Girl Scouts have applauded inclusion within their own ranks warmly embracing both homosexuals and transgender members, the group has found the Boy Scouts latest steps towards inclusivity to be profoundly troubling.

No one else on the cultural left including the Girl Scouts sued nor even threaten to sue the Boy Scouts when the Boy Scouts began their march to diversity. The Boy Scouts welcomed openly gay members in 2013, embraced gay scout leaders in 2015, and invited transgender boys to join in 2017 with support of the cultural left. In 2018, the Boy Scouts accelerated their march up the mountain of diversity by declaring that their historic organization would change its name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA. The name change accompanies the Scout‘s plan to begin awarding the rank of Eagle Scout to both boys and girls starting in 2019. The organisation hopes, “to offer families the options they want.” Zach Wahls the co-founder of Scouts for Equality and an Eagle Scout in his own right hailed the announcement as “yet another step forward” for the Boy Scouts which signals that the “future is bright for Scouting in America.”

But Girl Scouts have strongly object to the Boy Scouts plan, believing the name change marginalizes women.

Why do the Girl Scouts have such a negative view of the Boy Scouts’ affirmation of girl empowerment?

The Girls Scouts find the Boy Scout’s announcement offensive because it denies the beauty of femininity. Girl Scouts exists upon the presumption that girls are different than boys. According to the Girl Scouts, “only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success.” Kate Taylor from Business Insider noted,

“However, positioning girls joining the Boy Scouts as the ultimate triumph for feminist scouting does a massive disservice to girls. There is an opportunity to applaud an organization that centers itself around girls and women, instead of assuming that a male-centric organization is implicitly preferable.”

These statements combat the notion that men and male driven cultures should dominate feminine ideas and life. But these mild expressions of feminism make are founded upon the presumptions that men and women are biologically different, and that women should be celebrated for diverging from masculine norms.

However, the historical and biological definition of gender that shaped the Girl Scouts has been abandoned by America’s cultural elite with the arrival of the homosexual movement and the transgender movement. Today, those who feel they are male are deemed by society to be male regardless of their birth-certificate; and those who identify as female are proclaimed to be female regardless of their chromosome makeup. If gender can be changed as quickly as one changes a t-shirt, gender becomes a meaningless distinction. He who was a boy today could be a girl tomorrow. Since gender is a social construct created apart nature, the terms ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ can be reduced to obsolete expressions from archaic cultures that no longer shape modern thought. Consequently, the need for cultural institutions that serve just boys or just girls disappears. Children and adults simply are. They don’t need Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; they just need Scouts.

The conflict between the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts is much bigger than scouting. It reveals the limits of the sexual revolution. The revolution cannot both deny biological gender and meaningfully affirm the beauty and strength of femininity (or masculinity for that matter). Either girls exist in nature and benefit from groups like Girl Scout, or girls don’t exist in nature and don’t need their own groups. How you answer the gender question will determine whether or not you applaud or deride the Boy Scouts for extending the olive branch to girls.

The Christian Response

Thankfully, Christians have no such dilemma. We can affirm science and happily proclaim that two gender exists. God created us male and female. Boys and girls come into the world as boy and girls. Jesus affirmed that marriage was between a man and a woman (Matt 19:3-6). The Bible does not abolish the two genders. It affirms the existence of biological men and women.

And gender is not a matter of power. According to the Scriptures both men and women are created in the image of God. Both equally picture the divine creator. Yet the genders are distinct. The male and female sexual anatomy have several irreconcilable and enjoyable differences. Men and women have different strengths and abilities. Yet, men and women thrive in unity. They thrive in marriage where the strengths of the man complement the woman and where the strengths of the woman complement the man. Marriage is beautiful because it unites men and women by celebrating their complementary differences.

Christians can and should celebrate the difference between men and women. We have plenty of room to have gender-based organizations within Christendom. Christians deny the idea that girls have to be boys or do boy things to thrive in society. But they arrive at this conclusion by affirming the existence of biological gender. If biological gender exists, then girls do not need to be Boy Scouts and boys do not need to be in Girl Scouts even if they feel more feminine than male. Christians have an answer to the Scouting dilemma. The secular elites do not.

Because we have answers to these difficult questions, we should lovingly share them. We should not retreat from the world fearing what people will think or fearing that talking to the gay couple at McDonald’s will make us icky. We have truth. We have the loving truth that Jesus Christ has died to save sinners which guides all of life.. And we should share the truth with our hurting world. Dr. Albert Mohler rightful notes,

America’s post-Christian culture is filled with people who believe that they have heard too much from the Christian church – too much judgment, too much moralism, too much intolerance. The New Testament, however, tell us that the world around us has seen and heard far too little authentic Christianity.

We truly have something amazing to offer a culture that struggles to determine if girls should be allowed to join Boy Scouts. Shouldn’t we be desire to loving converse with our confused world?

Target, Transgender, and the Sexual Revolution for Kids

Transgender BlogTarget’s decision to remove gender-based signage is the latest attempt to make our kids’ lives more balanced i.e. gender neutral.  The retail giant is following the example of TLC who recently replaced the Duggars with I AM Jazz. And TLC is following the lead of several state legislatures who passed laws that permit kids to pick their sports’ teams and restrooms based upon one’s gender expression. And as a recent serious of blogs by the Huffington Post further reveals that the sexual revolution has zeroed in our kids via the transgender debate.

Now, the arrival of the transgender debate into our grade schools while shocking is not totally unanticipated. Studies have shown (and all the articles and T.V. specials on transgender kids I’ve watched indicate) that many of the kids who struggle with the gender identity come from dysfunctional families. Their fathers have either physically or emotionally abandon the family. And their moms (either because of necessity or because of their temperament) are strong (even at times overbearing) leaders in the home. These kids have never seen a man biblically sacrifice for his family. Nor have they seen a woman bionically encourage her husband to lead. They don’t know that men are generally strong and aggressive and that women are generally more nurturing and introspective. The growing number of broken and dysfunctional homes has opened the door for the transgender discussion. In short, our kids are confused about how to express their gender because their parents and grandparents are confused.

And, our culture welcomes the confusion. America has increasingly made sexual freedom the apex of civilization. The freedom to express one’s sexual preference has even begun to trump the freedom of religion and the freedom of the press. Up till now, kids had no way to be included in the sexual revolution. Grade-schoolers can’t meaningfully declare themselves to be heterosexual or homosexual. But they can grasp what it means to a boy or what it means to be a girl. By saying they want to switch genders, kids can instantly become defined by sexuality well before puberty. Our culture welcomes such declarations. Transgender kids are given their own reality T.V shows, are praised in blogasphere, and catered to by Target. Secular society wants everyone including kids to defined by their sexual choices.

As Christians parents and grandparents, we shouldn’t fear #JazzHands and the transgender revolution that is descending upon our kids. But, we need to be ready to talk about it. Our kids will have questions. Thankfully, the Bible has a lot to say about gender.

What the Bible Says:

The Bible clearly states that God assigns gender and not humanity. We ready in Genesis that God created people male and female (5:2). And Jesus reaffirms Genesis saying, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4). Gender and sexual expression are determined by God from the beginning of time. My wife is a woman and I am a man because we were biologically created by God to be a woman and a man. Everything from our hormones, to our blood cells, to our sexual organs declares that my wife and I are uniquely female and male. We didn’t choose our gender identity. We were created with it.

And this inheritance is a beautiful thing. Both males and females are created in the image of God. Both are uniquely valuable. According to the scriptures, no one needs to change their gender to find meaning and love. Rather the opposite is true. We find happiness by expressing the gender God has given us. The more we follow God’s principles as outlined in the bible, the happier we become.

For a boy to choose to be a girl or for a girl to choose to be a boy, they must reject God’s design for their life. They must, as Bruce Jenner did, declare God to be a mistaken creator who carelessly sticks women in men’s bodies. To be transgender is to ultimately say that you are wiser than God. It is an expression of pride that separates men and women and boys and girls from the love of Jesus Christ.

How To Respond:

First we must not over react. A boy who loves to cook spaghetti is not necessarily a girl at heart. Nor should we think that a girl who has a killer three-point-shot is really a boy in disguise. Because both genders were created by God to enjoy his world, both boys and girls can have similar interests. Yes, men were designed to lead the family. And women were designed to nurture. And the bodies of little boys and girls are different. But such distinctions of purpose do not make all sports masculine or all artistic expressions feminine. Ultimately for the Christian, our humanity and purpose is not derived from our sexuality but rather from God’s character. God created the arts, the sciences, and the physical world. We should fully expect members of both genders to enjoy math, oil painting, and football within their masculine and feminine paradigms.

Second, we need to love transgender kids. We should not minimize their connection with the opposite sex. Their feelings are real. And we must treat them with respect and sympathy. We too were once hopelessly lost in sins.  

But love also demands that we declare the truth of the gospel.  We can only find salvation and joy by overcoming our natural, sinful feelings through the power of the cross. When we encounter Jesus, the porn addict becomes pure, the liar tells the truth, and the boy who wants to be a girl embraces biblical masculinity. The most loving thing we can do for a transgender child is to call them to repent.

Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life  – John 13:24-25

Lastly and most importantly, we need to follow the gospel. Kids are confused about sexuality because previous generations have abandoned God’s plan for the family. Men have failed to lead. Women have failed to follow. Both men and women have removed sex from the safety of marriage. In so doing, they’ve haphazardly shattered numerous marriages via divorce. The best and only way to combat our culture’s view of sexuality is to embrace the biblical view of marriage, sex, and family. Only once we (Christians) embrace Christ commands for the family, can we expect our kids to understand and embrace God design for gender.