Just Do It! (cookies, badges and camping with the scouts!)-Why get involved in community agencies?

Acts 19:9 (Paul went first to the religious Jews) …..they refused to believe and became obstinate….So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the hall of Tyrannus (footnote: a gymnasium where sports and education training occured)

I know many in the religious world who completely separate church and social activities. Example: Two men (good friends) ride 4 hours each way six times a year to see their favorite college team play. They do NOT discuss religion. They do passionately cheer for their team and enjoy a big time. Both have agreed not to “fellowship” with the other because he is “not a real Christian” but don’t let it affect their friendship…….

I feel that Jesus should be the center of all our life! He should be discussed by friends! Shared and enjoyed. Jesus should be taken to the game! You can’t have a church life and a social life. You cannot have Christian friends and act differently with them than you do with your real friends. You are a Christian! Period! One expectation!

Scouting notes or thoughts! It is good for parent child relations. Yes, my back is sore today from sleeping on a rack on the U.S.S. Alabama with the scouts last night. Yes, I came home tired. Jameson and I spend quality time with other dads and their boys exploring the ship. We enjoyed (extra) time with church members Kelly, Joey and Thomas. We met another family. The Dad is a deacon in a local church. He expressed interest in our homeless outreach. We invited him to come observe/ volunteer next month! Many good dads spending time with their sons! A goog thing!…..badges- kids learn and demonstrate skills and are rewarded with badges (knot tying, do a good deed, history, fire safety). They earn the reward. This helps prepare for the real world where nothing is free!…..cookies- Girl Scout Cookies are BIG business! My wife (Rachel) works hard to keep up with the inventory and money (she is the scout leader). The scouts learn basic business and marketing skills. Lessons are also learned in approachability and courtesy……The Boy Scuts offer a badge for religious mastery of one’s faith. The curriculum is tough. I would be willing to say that many adults don’t know enough about their local church’s teaching to get a badge. Good stuff!

Did you know that kids involved in scouts, sports and community organizations have more success in life? Less temptation. Less drugs, sex, alcohol abuse, etc. Works for the grownups too!

Other great options are tutoring, Big Brother/ Big Sister or volunteering a day at a local charity.

Excuses? Yes, there are many you can use. “Many are affiliated with the United Way which supports ________ (insert your sin). ” or “That group supports alternative lifestyle #7”  or “I don’t feel that we should be unequally yoked with people like those________”

Get over it! All 3 major automotive manufacturers hire and support people from alternative lifestyles (alternative to GOD). So does Wal Mart, K Mart and the mini mart. Your favorite entertainers often are living a non Christian lifestyle (do you turn off your TV or radio)?

The final decision (opinion). Get out there and meet some new people. Be a Christian in your community. Mentor, assist, tutor, whatever…..JUST DO IT!


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