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Union University Dept of Language

Evangelogia



Romans 1 - Darkened Hearts, Futile Thinking

by JUSTIN D. BARNARD
Director of the Institute for Intellectual Discipleship

May 23, 2013 - The deep unity between truth and goodness is often illuminated by failures in logic among those who lack moral clarity.  To put it plainly, a loss of clarity about moral virtue is inevitably accompanied by an inability to reason soundly altogether.  

The most recent cultural exhibit is the Boys Scouts of America’s (BSA) decision to “remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone.”  Given that the BSA oath includes a pledge to be “morally straight”, the utter illogic of this decision is staggering.  

Either the commitment to moral rectitude includes as part of its tacit content an orientation toward traditional male sexual maturation (i.e., chastity or traditional marriage) or it does not.  If it does, then the move to allow members who implicitly reject such an ideal represents a shift in understanding of “morally straight”.  Hence, that part of oath should be revised or dropped.  

Alternatively, if the original promise to cultivate moral virtue does not (and never did) include the traditional ideal, then it’s difficult to see how the original restriction or its removal made any difference whatsoever to the ethos of the BSA.  Why so much policy fretting if the pledge is morally vacuous?  

The logical instability of the BSA’s present compromise will be its Achilles heel.  Despite the national leadership’s desire to go forward “to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve” with “no plans for further review on this matter,” it is only a matter of time before the acids of evil will corrode the irrational barrier presently in place barring full embrace of openly homosexual leadership.  

The light of reason and purity of heart are of a piece.  In this case, the leaven of moral indifference has done its work on the logical coherence of an institution.  It’s only a matter of time until the whole loaf is spoiled.