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On changing the world … quietly

Summary

Francis Spufford says Christians are often found in the most hopeless places.

Summary

Francis Spufford says Christians are often found in the most hopeless places.

Transcript

The trouble is that the church shows itself best at actions which scarcely show at all in the public way. The church is at its best sitting at hospital bedsides with the dying, working in hospices, picking up without complaining the meal that a demented person just dropped for the third time between mouthfuls. Applying love in small individual practical ways. There is no possible PR for these things, but they push the world gently but persistently towards being a kinder and less wrecked place than it would be otherwise.

And, you know, there are lots and lots of idealistic non-religious people and anti-religious people out there doing good in the world, but – it’s observable and good – but it’s observable that Christians are particularly drawn towards service in those situations where things really can’t be made better, where the best you can do is keep suffering company and try to sort of pour a little bit of love back. You know, you can’t promote that on billboards, but it’s real, it’s there and out in the world.