Family Research Council

Prayer Targets: General Booth, Children, Boy Scouts, HHS Mandate, VAWA, Hagel


February 06, 2013

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Tim 4:12).

Dear Praying Friends,

As a teenager, William Booth (1829-1912) preached Christ on the streets of Nottingham, England. After 11 years as a Methodist pastor, he and his wife, Catherine, launched a mission to the needy masses in East London. Their ministry became the Salvation Army. The theologically conservative worldwide church and charity has led millions to Christ in 126 nations. With its regimented clergy and military-style uniforms, the Salvation Army is one of world's largest social aid and disaster relief agencies. Booth's The Training of Children, a primer for parents, speaks to the beleaguered Boy Scouts today.

We all know how easily men and women are influenced by their companionships, and this is far more likely with children. Interaction with a stranger, for only a single day will make a mark upon the character of a child which will endure for years to come, while anyone whom the children very much admire, brought close to them, they will imitate right off. You can always calculate with certainty that the people you allow to be round about your children will have an immense influence in molding and fashioning their character.

There is in all character, whether good or bad, a kind of instinct which makes its possessor to take pleasure in propagating it in others. A good man has delight in making others good - a bad man not only instinctively hates goodness, loves badness, and finds pleasure in the company of those who do the same, but seizes every opportunity to make others like himself.

To what associations of children do these remarks specially apply? Servants! [i.e., governors/governesses and/or teachers hired to care for children in 19th Century England. Booth's principles apply today whenever parents entrust others to care, teach or influence their children]. The influence of servants over the minds of children, for good or evil, is almost boundless. Servants have often a far greater power to form the characters of the children than have the parents themselves. If children are imitative and do copy the example of those with whom they are most thrown, then it follows that what the servants are, the children are very likely to become... those with impure minds will inform children of uncleanness and matters beyond their years; ungodly servants will use deception and falsehood, teaching and encouraging children to do the same; some will sneer at religion behind parents' backs while they act very pious to their faces; some will make children to think that they are subject to much harder parental control than others, thus sowing seeds of future rebellion; some will lead the children into bad company or places... after getting a promise not to tell...

Seeing that servants have so powerful an influence in molding the character of children, ought not parents to exercise great care in their selection? (Booth, The Training of Children, Ch. 18, "Companionships" abridged; see also Google Books).

The Boy Scouts National Council will postpone any decision to change their 103 year-old membership policy until May. The prayers and voices of God-fearing Americans must continue to be heard. A decision to open the Scouts to homosexual boys and leaders would be a disaster for the Scouts and America! The spiritual warfare continues!

Wrong Choice Would Mean Mass Exodus from Scouts - Southern Baptist leaders, whose churches are home to many Boy Scout Troops across America, are warning that a decision to welcome homosexuals into the Scout ranks could lead to a mass exodus of Scouts and host churches. Some Troops and regional councils want the National Council to leave the decision up to the localities. Yet legal experts say that the Supreme Court Ruling that affirms the Scouts' liberty to stand for sexual purity and allegiance to God protects all Scouts, but that if the National Council rescinds its nationwide core values, local and regional councils and troops will be open to lawsuits and activists will only step up their assault against the Scouts. The National Council reaffirmed its core values regarding sexuality only six months ago. Whatever happens today, the assault will continue. The Scout crisis is just one battle in the all out spiritual war for our culture. Either biblical righteousness and common sense or moral insanity will prevail. Sadly, President Obama has spoken out in favor of homosexuals in the Scouts while Eagle Scout and longtime Governor of Texas, Rick Perry and many other adult Eagle Scouts have taken a strong against any such change (see Mass Exodus, Perkins Fox Video, 41 Group Letter to Scouts, Mum Board, Perry, Obama, Local Issue?,Support our Troops, Defend the Scouts, Click to send Scouts message; BSA Bulletin Insert, BSA Action Step PowerPoint, Stemberger, Look at Canada Delay).

  • Pray for a clean, national decision in support of moral purity. May God use this conflict to advance righteousness and restrain evil! May parents arise to teach and protect their sons and may America see a God-sent youth revival (Pr 14:34; 20:17; Is 9:7; Lk 17:1-2; 1 Cor 6:9; 14:8; 15:57; Eph 6:4; Jas 3:17; 5:12)!

The HHS Abortifacient Mandate - President Obama's mandate requiring businesses and organizations to violate their religious conscience by providing employees with insurance to include free abortion-inducing morning-after pills, free sterilization and free contraceptive devices suffered a set-back in two federal appeals courts last week, which will hasten these cases on their journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last Thursday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction saying that there is sufficient likelihood that the HHS Mandate violated federal religious liberty protections and that Indiana's Grote Industries need not comply with the HHS regulation pending appeal. Last Friday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a similar injunction on behalf of Annex Medical, Inc., a Minnesota firm with fewer than 50 employees that provides health care insurance to its employees. The court held it likely that the mandate violates the owner's rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Constitution. A dozen similar cases are now before various federal appeals courts and dozens more are in district courts. FRC attorney Ken Klukowski believes the U.S. Supreme Court could vote to take up one or more of these cases this fall. So far the vast majority of cases have gone our way (See Klukowski, New Rules? Nothing's Changed, 13,000 Pages of Regulations).

  • Pray fervently for the defeat of the HHS mandate and the entire Obamacare law, which also violates our religious faith through the requirement that abortion coverage be included in every regional health insurance exchange (Dt 5:17; 21:8-9; 2 Kg 24:2-4; Is 5:20; Mt 16:24-26; 18:4-6; Lk 4:8; Acts 5:29; Gal 5:1).

Finally, please pray over the Senate vote (likely Friday) on the Violence against Women Act (VAWA). Experts say the bill is a liberal public relations campaign, loaded with measures that conservatives could never vote for, so that liberals can carry on their charge that conservatives are conducting a "war against women." Moreover, while the bill does little to prevent violence against women, it will load up the coffers of feminist activist groups (see Schlafly). Pray too, that the Senate will vote not to confirm former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become Secretary of Defense (see Blackwell).