What Christians can learn from Eagle Scouts…

Miller being hugged by Rebekah

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

Saturday afternoon Rebekah and I attended a Boy Scout Eagle ceremony at our church. One of our young people – Miller Williamson – was receiving his award along with another member of the troop.

Attending the ceremony was not that unusual – we have witnessed many over the years. What was unique, however, was how I started to think about what being an Eagle Scout represents and the way it caused me to reflect on being a Christian in this culture.

A lot was said about the kind of person, the quality of human being, associated with being an Eagle. There is more than just an expectation, there is a demonstrable body of evidence that suggests being an Eagle Scout typically translates into a strength of character, achievement, and service to humanity that is exceptional and consistent.

Eagle Scouts make a difference.

newly minted Eagle, Miller, with Rebekah

Our young friend Miller is already that kind of a young man, and I have every confidence that he will do great things over the course of his life.

But then, in thinking about this some more, I realized that all the attributes of character and service that were lauded in the ceremony should also be the natural consequence of being a follower of Jesus and living a life of intentional discipleship.

But – sadly – the same body of evidence is not typically in play to back up the correlation between many who use the term “Christian” and lives that speak an eloquent message of grace, humility, service, light, and love.

I believe that the general perception of Christianity would be significantly more persuasive if there were the same application of discipline, learning, service, and accountability that defines the progress of a Boy Scout from the beginning of the journey to the Eagle Ceremony we witnessed this weekend.

What an amazing outpouring of love and goodness and generosity and grace this world would see!

So congratulations again, Miller. May the spirit of Jesus continue to light your journey – DEREK



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