By Kathi Bliss
A compromise has cleared the way for Boy Scout Troop 215 to part ways amicably with the First Lockhart Baptist Church.
Last month, the FLBC Board of Deacons offered a recommendation that the church terminate its charter with the troop, effective at the end of the year. The decision, they said, was not meant to reflect on the local troop or leadership, but rather in an effort to send a message to the Boy Scouts of American on the national level. It was spurred by the Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay members to participate; that decision, church leaders felt, was tantamount to supporting what the church’s teachings deem a “sinful lifestyle.”
Before the resolution could be taken to the congregation for a vote, however, Troop 215 Scoutmaster Cody Baird proposed a compromised. He asked the Deacons to bring forward a motion to allow the troop to leave of their own accord, in hopes of sparing the hard feelings that a split vote may have caused within the membership.
“After several weeks of debate, Troop 215 approached FLBC with the request that the troop be allowed to voluntarily leave the church and search for a new home,” Baird said Tuesdsay. “We are pleased that the church has granted us this request, and we will continue to meet at FLBC until we are able to find a new charter organization.”
Baird continued, saying that the troop wants to continue to provide a place where the youth of the community can have a place to learn, grow, explore and give back to their community.
“The boys and adults of Troop 215 have always seen this as a great opportunity to grow and build a new partnership with people in Lockhart,” he said. “We would like to thank all the folks in the community who have been so supportive during this time, and we look forward to helping you in the future.”
FLBC Pastor Gary Rodgers, initially explained that the Deacon Board’s resolution asking for the church to sever the charter had been a difficult decision, but one that the church leadership felt was in line with God’s teaching.
Rodgers was unavailable for comment to follow up on this situation.