A Scout is Reverent,
the Scout Handbook says. A Scout respects the rights and beliefs of
others. A Scout is faithful to his faith, that "Something" or "Someone"
higher or more greater than himself and others. A Scout keeps a sense
of morality in the things he does and tries to incorporate his ideals
and beliefs into his personal life.
Soon after Karin, a
devoit Jehovah's Witness left our home, Mildred was very upset. "How
could this person say those things!", she yelled. "She didn't yell
about your beliefs," I said.
A Scout finds his beliefs
and ideals from the teachings of his family, his religious teachers
and from his own personal study of his religious books and doctrine.
A Scout does not "press" or "force" his religious or moral teachings
on others, but can help others by way of personal action and behavior.
does not teach religion, since this is one area which each Scout has
to search for and and discover. There are a lot of people that will
tell you otherwise, saying that Scouting is an extension of mainline
religious thought. I have not met a single Scout whom has been told
that "he must believe in God" or "Jesus" or even "the trees". I have
met many Scouters whom have stated that in order to be a good Scout,
you must believe in some power or spirit or force greater than yourself.
It makes sense.
Many times in my life,
I have steadfastly held onto my faith in my Savior as I would travel
into unfamiliar areas, as I meet new people and as I start new jobs.
I know that somehow, some way that I can not understand, that He is
there with me and my family. I just know it, because I believe in
something "greater than I can ever be".
My wife constantly
marvels at the fact that given a roadmap and a simple layout of a
city, that I can travel just about anywhere without getting lost.
Once, I told her that "God steers me", and she replied "Oh yeah...right."
But she was amazed when after we had travelled for miles without a
roadmap, that I found my way back onto the main German autobahn without
asking for directions.
My Godsister gave me
a interesting book when I returned from Germany and visited with her
and her family. It was a paperback devotional book. For each day,
there was a Biblical passage to read, a prayer to pray, and some discussion.
I enjoyed it.
beliefs into your daily actions and deeds and by applying the Scout
laws into your life will help you to understand that each person is
guided by a set of morals. These morals may be the Scout Oath and
these Laws. It may be the Koran or the Book of Mormon, or the Bible.
It may just be a series of things handed down from generation to generation.
Or it could be a combination of these and other things.
"As you seek to understand,
understand to seek". This statement simply states that as you find
out more about your beliefs, learn about others and their beliefs.
You may or may not like what they believe; they may or may not like
what you believe. Learn about others -- learn about yourself more.
Respect others' beliefs
and feelings. They will respect you.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)