I just wanted to share this quote with folks here for your reflections and reactions:

"The future of our movement may be less in convincing the established system that we are legitimate, and more so in showing our spouses and children that we represent a genuine alternative to the hypocrisy we're frequently critical of. If emergent really is this generous spirit of change and hope, it should be obvious to our household." —Zach Roberts
posted by Steve K. at 8:32:00 PM |


At November 12, 2007 at 10:07 PM, Blogger Sarah

Great quote. I have to agree. It's about being the change that we desire. And raising the next generation in that alternative. I think of Joshua and Caleb having to wait for another generation to arise before they could take the promised land that they had vision for.

If my purpose is just to raise up the next generation - then that's a noble purpose. I don't want to make the same mistakes of the "me" generation... I want to learn from those mistakes. And hopefully, my kids can learn from whatever mistakes I end up making, and they can be an even better example of the kingdom of God for my grandkids. That's my hope anyway. That we would grow in our understanding and expression of the kingdom of God with each generation.


At November 13, 2007 at 4:01 AM, Blogger Ryan Lee Sharp

That's harsh, beautiful, and true. For those of us who live in our heads, proclaiming that another world is possible...it must translate into our families...into my family.

I'm seeking consistency, too.


At November 13, 2007 at 7:43 AM, Blogger Luis F. Batista

Great quote! I will post in my blog too.
It is easy to discuss and to build ideas, but emerging ideas must be proved in our casual day by day.


At November 13, 2007 at 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

watched show about life of carol burnett last night and someone said that instead of being involved in politics for change, carol just went out and DID it, she took her place as a woman in the industry. she was therefore a driving force. that is what this quote is saying basically. you don't have to stand fight to prove the cause (although some will do that too) but you can simply go out and BE the cause and/or 'take' what is yours. in this case, the minds, hearts, imaginations of the future generations.


At November 15, 2007 at 10:35 AM, Anonymous Joshua Livingston

yes, i love this quote. and I have every desire to be that man in my household. Yet so often i find myself stuck. yes, like ryan said i often live in my head... that consistency is so elusive for me and honestly it's very frustrating. and also, i very much struggle with the translation process, as i so often come off like an "emerging fundamentlist",(another one from ryan), hurting those I claim to love.


At November 22, 2007 at 11:21 AM, Anonymous Jenn

Although I'm not an avid quoter of Ghandi that quote made me think of this one-
"Be the change you wish to see in the world".

If we aren't living it, we are blowing a lot of hot air....