There’s something to that, I admit. Look at the last 10 days of posts here: Firestorm on modesty, leaving the Ensign behind, how to revamp Church magazines, the Church as corporation, missionary policies re: opposite sex, wearing pants and then Mark’s post contrasting dinners. If the occasional complaint is steadying the ark then BCC must be like a full suspension system like none other.
I’d like to offer up a little explanation of what’s going on here. If you’re predisposed to dislike this site then I suppose these will make little difference.
1. We’re doing more than complaining.
Those that complain about complaining at BCC tend to focus on controversial posts with lots of comments. Meanwhile, take another look at the last 10 days of posts and you’ll see studies in Isaiah, posts about the Joseph Smith Papers Project, devotional works on Martin Luther and on the necessity of deeper scripture study, and more. But these are not firestorm comment-generation machines. These are posts of deep introspection and analysis; they are posts of faith. My guess is that a lot of people who complain about BCC have never read this site aside from the controversial stuff. But if you’re going to bother judging a book, at least bother reading it.
2. Don’t mistake complaints with a loss of faith or interest.
There are core doctrines of the Church that are inviolate: the divinity of the Savior; the mission of Joseph Smith; the power of the Atonement; the role of modern prophets. The wooden quality of the Ensign or mission rules about talking to women aren’t such things. I submit that these controversial topics are largely cultural artifacts; they represent policies or practices we’ve accumulated over time in creeping administrative increments. When you read a post about how a woman felt wearing pants to Church, keep some perspective: THEY’RE JUST PANTS. You hear complaints about these things because they are obvious problems that affect people disproportionately and for little reason. These are clear areas where reform is not only desirable but eminently possible. These are symptoms of belief; when someone cares desperately about their religion they will do anything they can to understand it, love it and make it a home. This is what we are doing here.
3. We’re willing to help.
Armchair quarterbacking of administrative Church issues is a classic pastime; everyone does it for one issue or another. Part of why we engage in this behavior is because of a hierarchical structure with clearly delineated areas of responsibility and jurisdiction. Do not presume to do a task assigned to someone else who has been called. This takes place regularly on the local level, and on the level of the broader Church this segmentation and walling-off is nearly total. You have ideas on how to improve the Ensign? I guess you can submit a letter somewhere. In other words, we see these obvious problems in the Church, problems with obvious solutions, but not only do we not know where to give our aid, it is not wanted. We see that someone dropped their spaghetti on the floor; we’ve been looking at each other to see who’s gonna clean up that mess, and it turns out: nobody.
4. We will be saved from our sins, not in them.
When the church is lifted up to meet with Zion and become the new Jerusalem, all the administrative detritus will be burned away as chaff. But until that time are we to let those weeds grow in our garden? God is the gardener here, and of course everything is subject to His plan, but a weed is a weed — if I see a dandelion I’m pulling it up before it goes to seed. We are poor stewards if we do otherwise. Some of you might see BCC as a weed; I certainly don’t feel that way. We’re trying to do what we can in the service of God. We’re really trying.
The Church is not perfect, but it is the Kingdom of God on the earth. We have an obligation to build up that Kingdom, to dedicate our lives to making it better every way we can. This is what we are doing here. We’re devoting our talents to talking about what we love and live as Mormons. This desire to build up the Church manifests through devotional pieces, through historical articles and yes, through more spirited debates. But these all stem from the same desire. There is no other place for us; this church has the teachings and ordinances of eternal life.