But I have received no assurance that anything we can do will eradicate suffering. I think the best results are obtained by people who work quietly away at limited objectives, such as the abolition of the slave trade, or prison reform, or factory acts, or tuberculosis, not by those who think they can achieve universal justice, or health, or peace. I think the art of life consists in tackling each immediate evil as well as we can.
C.S. Lewis, “Why I am Not a Pacifist”
Twitter profiles and Facebook statuses are replete with hunger enders, poverty eradicators, world changers. The quiet work of limited objectives has become grandiose, loud, clanging. I’ve been (and likely will be in the future) one of those gongs. And maybe there is little wrong with adopting a cause, with advocating for it from the high places.
I’ve been watching from the sidelines lately. The world changers are starting to burn thin. Wicks once thought to be placed in deep waxy wells are being found no longer than that of tea lights. The expectations upon them are heavy. The odds are insurmountable this side of heaven. The competition within their causes? Brutal. The business of revolution is maddening at times, deadening at others.
What if we adopted a quieter revolution? What if we quietly devoted ourselves to our churches, our families, and our day jobs? What if we engaged world issues without the pomp and circumstance, with more focus and intentionality? What if the whole of Christian community were more strategic and less rhetorical?
What if no one knew?
Would we be any less faithful?
Lord, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done…