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This kind of tragedy raises questions that we are equipped to answer, and they are not in realm of gun laws or health care. In fact, it should frustrate us to see non-Christians framing this tragedy in moral terms, and (in a great reversal) Christians falling back on political ones.
You have to shift their habits of thinking from the more serious to the more trivial (without blowing your cover and provoking the opposite reaction). Affirm the second-best thing against the first-best, then the third-best against the second-best, and so on. Here’s what I mean.
They come in different shapes, sizes, and expressions, but we all have them. Those who claimed to have never had them, are in denial and probably are still unaware they have them. Those polished, seasoned preachers who appear to have none of them, once did.
In many churches, the pastor’s salary is a quiet issue. There is a sense of discomfort from both the pastor and the members when the topic is broached. Such discomfort is unfortunate, however, because a number of churches will not seek every year to make certain the pastor is paid fairly.