Not your cup of tea
Pergamum, I don't see how any reform effort anywhere can prosper without first 'making the best of the bad situation' that exists to begin with. I think pragmatism is different than working towards an ideal with what one has to work with. I'm asking these questions to try to clarify for myself what the goal is, so that I will be able to work towards it as I am able not just for myself but friends, etc. And I think equally as dangerous as real pragmatism the refusal to work with anything that hasn't already arrived, or isn't going to snap to overnight. That doesn't meet a world that has been disordered through sin for thousands of years: it isn't the gospel. We have strong convictions also, and those include convictions about patience.