For today and Friday, we’re going to look at some real-life examples of Christian idealism in practice. I know that I talked about the early church on Monday, but that might seem so 2000 years ago. As a result, I thought a few more modern examples might help you understand a little bit more of what I am talking about here.
Let’s talk about your average neighborhood food bank. I know that many churches have them, and they provide valuable support for many people who are less fortunate.
Is there any food bank that can theoretically meet every need in a given community? I’m sure that some are more well-funded than others, but the fact of the matter is that hunger is still a very real problem in many parts of our country and the world.
However, even though the problem practically has never been 100% solved, that doesn’t mean that the employees don’t try to do everything they can. It doesn’t mean that they give up because they can’t solve every problem in a given community.
They have a serious calling to help solve the problem of hunger in their community. Therefore, they work or volunteer for these types of organizations because they want to eliminate hunger in their communities.
It might seem naïve to say that hunger is a problem that can be absolutely solved. The reality is that often times there is much more need then even the best food bank can supply.
Clearly though, the fact that the situation is still not perfect is not deter these individuals from committing their lives to serving their communities and providing as many resources that they stand.
Isn’t it rather obvious how the Christian idealism is at play here?
There is an ideal that no one ought to be hungry, and we ought to care for those who are poor. Those are obvious and clear Biblical mandates. As a result, that is the target. The target is to care for anyone who meets the qualification of being poor.
The tension then comes with the reality that the situation is never going to be fully reconciled. Even Jesus Christ pointed out that the poor are always going to be among us in Matthew 26:11. Obviously, He was using that statement as a teaching point, but it was also a statement about reality. There are always going to be poor among us, and every need is not going to always be fully met on this earth because this world is not a perfect place.