It was Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 6, 2013.
The huge hall was overflowing, the convention sold out. Over 1,200 attendees, with many spilling out into the foyer, eagerly awaited the announcement. What would this safe, moral and non-sexualized alternative to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) look like? With a stirring introductory video came the answer: â€œTrail Life USAâ€ would now endeavor to â€œbe the premier national character development organization for young men, which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens.â€
The reveal, eagerly anticipated by hundreds of thousands â€“ if not millions â€“ of Americans was met with rousing cheers. â€œOur mission is simple and clear,â€ came the official mission statement, â€œto guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others and experience outdoor adventure.â€
A brief summary from the new scouting-like organizationâ€™s website (TrailLifeUSA.com) reads as follows:
â€œMost guys want exciting outdoor adventure with their friends. Weâ€™ve got that! Trips and travel? That, too. Camping. Check. Physical and mental challenge? Yep. And awards? Of course!
â€œTrail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character and leadership movement for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young manâ€™s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.â€
Countless men and boys who once called themselves â€œBoy Scoutsâ€ will now proudly bear the title of â€œTrailman.â€
Back in May, millions of Americans were shocked and saddened when the BSA inexplicably bowed to left-wing political pressure and became something it had never before been: a hyper-politicized, aberrantly sexualized petri dish for social and sexual experimentation.
Created in 1910 to â€œprepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes,â€ the BSA, on May 23, 2013, tragically voted to welcome into its ranks â€œopen and avowedâ€ homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual attraction and behavior), thereby disavowing the â€œmorally straightâ€ Scout Oath its members have been sworn to uphold for over a century.
Even worse, and in so doing, the BSA effectively waived the only legal defense it once had to preclude openly homosexual Scout leaders and gender-confused girls from its ranks: religious and moral conviction. Itâ€™s only a matter of time until the BSA is forced to capitulate to sexual extremistsâ€™ political demands and allow homosexual adults â€“ men who define their identity based upon carnal appetites for other males â€“ to take your boys on overnight camping trips.
Once that happens, Trail Life USA will be the life raft for the multitudes. Those who abandon the fast-sinking BSA ship will have a safe place to land.
The group has released a must-see video explaining both the history of Trail Life USA and the BSAâ€™s tragic and financially driven cave-in to extremist political groups, hard-left corporate donors and the mainstream media.
Oh, but what a faithful Lord we serve! We are reminded in Romans 8:28, â€œthat in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.â€
Trail Life USA is indeed good. It has indeed been called according to His purpose.
And it will never waver.
In a recent interview on â€œWallBuilders Liveâ€ radio, John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout, lawyer, pro-family advocate and Trail Life USAâ€™s acting board chairman, addressed the BSA tragedy and the resulting birth of this exciting new principled alternative: â€œSometimes things have to die before thereâ€™s a new birth and it comes back better than before. And, not to extend the analogy too far, but even our Lord went through that process,â€ he said.
Regrettably, the usual left-wing suspects have attempted to smear Trail Life USA by labeling it â€œanti-gay.â€ Nothing could be further from the truth. Trail Life is simply pro-purity. As Christians, the groupâ€™s leadership has adopted the tried-and-true â€œlove the sinner, hate the sinâ€ model. Theyâ€™ve simply chosen to obey and follow Christâ€™s â€œI do not condemn you â€¦ From now on sin no moreâ€ example on sexual immorality â€“ all sexual immorality â€“ be it adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior or any other sexual sin explicitly identified in Scripture.
Trail Lifeâ€™s Membership Standards state, without equivocation, â€œThe basis for the programâ€™s ethical and moral standards are found in the Bible. In terms of sexual identification and behavior, we affirm that any sexual activity outside the context of the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman is sinful before God and therefore inconsistent with the values and principles of the program.
â€œWithin these limits, we grant membership to adults and youth who do not engage in or promote sexual immorality of any kind, or engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the program.â€
Under the heading â€œPurity,â€ the groupâ€™s Statement of Faith & Values states: â€œMembers are called to live a life of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word and deed, reserving sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage; marriage being a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.â€
We condemn you not. Now go and sin no more.
â€œReal men value truth over tradition,â€ Stemberger told the cheering convention crowd. â€œReal men value principle over program, and they value integrity over institutions.â€
The BSA has lost its integrity. It has chosen the almighty dollar over the best interests of the boys it once served so well.
Now you have a choice.
An oak has died, but a new seed buds.
I pray youâ€™ll water that new seed. I pray youâ€™ll choose Trail Life USA.