Feb 19, 2013 11:44 AM
POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES EXIST FOR DAUGHTERS OF FAITH DRIVEN CONSUMERS
It’s that time of the year again: young girls across America are hitting the streets in their brown vests to sell their irresistible Thin Mints and other delights in what is the largest annual fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).
For more than a century, this iconic organization has helped millions of girls develop courage, confidence and character for a lifetime – including such leadership skills as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
While buying the celebrated Samoas was once a no-brainer,many concerns have been raised in recent years by Faith Driven Consumers about positions held by the GSUSA and its affiliate organization, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), that are in conflict with a biblical worldview.
In one example out of many, GSUSA and WAGGGS regularly promote secularized positions on sex, sexuality, marriage, family and abortion – putting Faith Driven Consumers in a difficult spot.
As Faith Driven Consumers, we are called to be good stewards of our time, talent and treasure. Given these policy shifts at GSUSA, Faith Driven Consumers are called to make an informed decision about whether to partake in America’s annual Girl Scout cookie ritual or take a pass based on deeply held faith convictions.
One aspect to making an informed faith-driven decision involves considering appropriate alternatives. Here are two faith-compatible alternatives to consider:
- American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character development program dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God. In 2012, membership totaled more than 20,000 girls with troops in 48 states.
- Frontier Girls focuses on patriotism, traditional values, community service and a love of learning.
Can’t live without that great Tagalong taste? Another option is to make your own version of your favorite Girl Scout cookies with these recipes:
- Thin Mints: http://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/blogs/all-natural-thin-mint-cookies-even-better-than-the-girl-scout-version
- Samoa Bars: http://bakingbites.com/2009/02/homemade-girl-scout-cookies-samoas-bars/
- Do-Si-Dos: http://bakingbites.com/2008/01/homemade-girl-scout-cookies-do-si-dos/
- Tagalongs: http://www.chow.com/food-news/55471/how-to-make-left-behinds/
- Shortbread Cookies:http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/32/English_Shortbread42422.shtml
- Lemon Coolers: http://bakingbites.com/2010/02/homemade-girl-scout-cookies-lemon-coolers/
Being a Faith Driven Consumer means stewarding to the best degree possible every daily decision – large or small – in a way that brings God glory and honor. Even something as seemingly insignificant as buying Girl Scout cookies can make a difference in the degree to which an organization pays attention to the legitimate views of a large and economically powerful constituency group like Faith Driven Consumers.
Take the opportunity afforded by the annual Girl Scout cookie sale to research and consider the degree to which the organization reflects your biblical values. For some, supporting an alternative organization might be the best answer. For others, making your own cookies fits the bill. And for yet others, continuing to support the GSUSA because local troops have resisted the national policy shifts may remain a viable option.