As we finish up this series on Christian idealism, I hope you have enjoyed it. I hope that while this has kind of been an intellectual exercise for me to think why I am the way I am, it might actually give you a little bit of hope. It might help you realize that there is a way to think about the world in which we fully acknowledge the imperfections of the world around us while simultaneously aiming for something better. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
On Wednesday, we talked about helping a local food bank and how that can be a way for a Christian idealist to make a difference. Let me give you another suggestion today.
Crisis pregnancy centers like Care Net are incredibly important for many women around our country. They provide resources and support in some of the most difficult times that these mothers face.
Again, as is the case with food banks as I mentioned on Monday, many times these crisis pregnancy centers are working in areas where there are many more people who need services than the center can possibly reach. That is simply the reality of the situation.
However, the important part is that they are doing what they are called to be doing. They are reaching out to these women when they need support and are saving lives. They do everything they can with what they have and are faithful to their mission.
That is really what I want you to remember about this idea of Christian idealism. Yes, we certainly have some limitations in place. I would love to say that every food bank and crisis pregnancy center would have more than enough resources to meet every need in the world. Obviously, that’s not the way the situation is right now. However, we keep working towards that ideal or any other practical ideal that you feel called to work towards.
Despite the imperfections in the world, our Christian witness needs to be the same. We go into the world and serve other people. We are faithful with what we have and do our part to work for the good of those around us. Maybe not all of us are called to work in a food bank. Maybe a crisis pregnancy center is not a good fit for your talents and abilities. Those were just examples. There are literally thousands of ways that we can put this idealism into practice.
When we all work together with the best of our abilities, things are going to get done. We might never make the world perfect, but we’re going to make it better. In fact, we’re going to make a difference in the lives of people here at home and abroad. It is a good thing be a Christian idealist even though some might say it is naïve.
Let me leave you with one more illustration from The Silver Chair by CS Lewis that might hammer this point home one more time. For context, this is the final standoff with the Queen of the Underworld and Puddleglum prevents his companions from falling under her enchantment.
Some people want us to live in this imaginary world where there is absolutely no hope and nothing good. As Christian idealists, we’re going to live like we actually believe that God wants us to live.