Many thanks to Zach, for this much needed reminder:
"New structures that can make the emerging church possible cannot be in opposition to any existing church structures; they cannot be against anything but merely for Something. "The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better" is one of our core principles at the Center for Action and Contemplation.
Don’t waste the next years of your life being against anybody, anything, any group, any supposed sin, or any institution. Just go ahead and do it better yourself. It’s so common sense when you hear it. As Mohandas Gandhi put it, "Be the change you hope to see in the world." And in the church!"
[Richard Rohr from What is the Emerging Church?]
"The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better." Isn't it so much easier to merely air your criticism rather than embody the "practice of the better?"
I need to not only do some more reflection on this, but seek to have this to transform how I live.