Jeremy Smith has a great post up that references a recent contest that the authors of Freakanomics held to give the United States a new motto. The winner was "Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay." It was a cute jab at some elements of the political Left. Noam Chomsky immediately sprung to mind when I read it. But Jeremy Smith takes that motto and applies it very cleverly to the United Methodist Church, and one that applies to both the Left and the Right in our denomination. He writes in agreement with a recent commentator who rejected with the notion that General Conference should sit out the homosexuality debate this time:
My friends, in the UMC, Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay. Unity in diversity is the best way forward to be forced to examine the issues. Breaking apart and schizm leads us to our own echo chambers where we will not have to deal with diversity again. And for the sake of our own discipleship, keep on these divisive issues, because by ignoring them, our outward appearance is happy, but our souls are rotten.
UPDATE: Jeff the Baptist nails it in the comments:
The problem is that with the UMC, the worst critics may be staying, but lots of other people aren't.