A Scout is…Courteous

The Boy Scouts of America was founded on Biblical principles.  Although it is not a “Christian” organization, the values taught through the Scout Oath and Scout Law are entirely consistent with Biblical values.

This is the continuation of the series of blogs examining the connection between the ideals of Scouting and the Bible.

A Scout is…Courteous

A Scout is polite to people of all ages and positions.   He understands that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.

The fifth point of the Scout Law is, “A Scout is courteous.”

Courteous means polite, respectful, or considerate in manner.  It is a character trait that commended in in the Bible.

1 Peter 3:8-9 says, “8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”

The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, “29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers”  (Ephesians 4:29).  He also wrote to Titus, “1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone” (Titus 3:1-2).

Being courteous and respectful allows us to get along with each other.  Most people are courteous to those in positions of authority; A Scout, like a Christian, is to be courteous and respectful to all, even those that others may look down upon.   James 2:1-4 tells us,

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Courtesy and respect seem to be disappearing from today’s culture.  It seems that many more people are rude and disrespectful today than in the past.  However, both the Scout and the Christian are called to be courteous, despite what the culture around us says.

A Scout is to be courteous; the Bible teaches the Christian also to be courteous.  Courtesy and respect allow us to be at peace with those around us, and opens up opportunities for having a positive effect on the people we contact daily.

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