A Scout is…Brave

I have spent most of my life involved with the Boy Scouts. However, it wasn’t until I became a Christian as an adult that I realized that the values of Scouting are deeply rooted in the Bible.

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

A Scout is…Brave

A Scout faces danger even if he is afraid.

The tenth point of the Scout Law is, “A Scout is brave.” The word “brave” means “having or showing courage.”

Bravery and courage are virtues that the Bible esteems. Joshua 1:6-7 says:

Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

The Bible makes it clear that courage comes not from ourselves, but from God. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”

A key characteristic of bravery and courage is inspiring them in others. Acts 28:15 says, “And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.” A Scout can use Isaiah 41:6 as an example:

Everyone helped his neighbor, And said to his brother, “Be of good courage!”

Bravery can be quite contagious. When others see us taking a stand for what we believe, or facing dangerous situations courageously, it can inspire similar behavior in others.

Fear is a very strong motivator. Bravery involves acting the right way despite fear. In Exodus 20:20, Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.”

It takes bravery and courage to stand up for what you believe. Both the Christian and the Scout face opposition for doing and saying what they know is right. Both can take courage from the words of the Bible. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 16:13:

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

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