When one loves God, the inevitable outcome is a desire to serve, love others, humble ourselves and give. When you remove the motivation to love God, you are left with a desire to please yourself; it becomes "all about me". You see that in the new pledge of the Girl Guides ... "myself" .... "my beliefs".
Let me ask you a question. Which group is likely to take up the causes of visiting the elderly in nursing homes; delivering food to the needy; or tutoring children in an illiteracy program? A group who recognizes the love of God and seeks to put others first .... OR .... the group that is interested in exploring their inner selves and developing their own personal views and opinions? Because that is exactly what being true to yourself and developing your own beliefs is! Without God front and center of any cause, you are left with selfishness.... I feel good about helping these people; Look at what we've done for them; They are better off because we helped them ... You are doing it for yourself, no matter how hard you try to convince yourself otherwise. The very definition of selfishness implies a lack of consideration for others, which is the exact opposite of the purpose of the Girl Guides, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and any other service organization!
Britain's Chief Guide, Gill Slocombe, stated that the organization consulted 40,000 people before it made the change. She said that using God in the pledge “discouraged some girls and volunteers from joining,” and now the Guides could “reach out to girls and women who might not have considered guiding before, so that even more girls can benefit from everything guiding can offer.” My response to that? If loving God discourages you from being a part of an organization whose purpose is to help others, then I don't think you are joining for the right reasons.
But after reading a comment by Julie Bentley, the new CEO of the Guides, I think I understand what is going on. She has called the Girl Guides the “ultimate feminist organization.” Right there, you can see what is at the heart of this organization. Wouldn't it have been better if she could have identified the Girl Guides as the ultimate SERVICE organization? It's apparent to me that the Girl Guides are not so much about serving others as they are about promoting and advocating for women's rights across political, social and economic levels.
In America the Girl Scout oath still reads as follows:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
So what is the Girl Scout Law? And what is the purpose behind this 101-year-old institution?
I will do my best to be honest and fair,
friendly and helpful, considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do,
and to respect myself and others, respect authority,
use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
The official website of the Girl Scouts of America states that Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. At least for now, the long tradition of putting God and country first, followed by helping others, and then focusing on developing strong character traits (instead of their "beliefs") still mirrors founder Juliette Low's original vision. Let's hope they can resist pandering to the secularists and the PC Police. I would hate to see another God-based tradition wiped from our national landscape.