A ‘Boy Scout’ Behind The ‘Gates Of Hell’


He was eighteen, just graduated from High School, when he was greeted that summer morning on the construction site by the Forman with, “So you are the Boy Scout we have head about.” It was not said in a complimentary manner and he wasn’t referring to the actual Boy Scouts. He was referring to the recommendation that had preceded the young man’s employment of being a ‘goody two shoes.’

Soon it was common knowledge among the workers that this young man was a bit different. How different? Well, he happened to believe that the law of chastity was sacred, that drinking and smoking were not something good for his body and the basic tenants of Christianity were worth living.
For the next several months the ‘Boy Scout’ was constantly challenged regarding his beliefs. Vile things were said to his face on a daily basis. It became unbearable for the young man. Each morning he was treated to questioning from the eight men he worked with regarding his morals and he was repeatedly shown pornographic images that were posted about the site. The language was very course and vile regarding his code and on more than one occasion the young man found himself sitting alone in his car eating lunch praying for strength that somehow he could endure another day behind the gates of Hell.

The personal persecution became so intense that eventually he quit the good paying job, as the benefit of the monetary gain was overcome by the pain and suffering inflicted. He lost the job, but he kept his standards.

There are many ‘Boy Scouts’ out there working in environments that are less than desirable who can’t afford to lose their jobs. Perhaps you are one! Don’t’ lose courage, keep the faith and don’t compromise your standards! Follow the counsel of Paul:
“ O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

Jesus Christ told Peter that on the rock of revelation he would build his church. He told him that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ (Matt. 16: 18) Take courage that as the ‘gate’ opens and closes each day that if we seek personal revelation for power and strength, the Lord will not let us down. From one ‘Boy Scout’ to another, take courage!

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