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Helping Christians in the Marketplace Make Tough Decisions

Preachers should acknowledge ambiguous choices and point to importance of motives.

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I attend a Bible study with business executives, and recently one man commented that in all the years he had been in business his pastor had never visited him at his office.

"It's just as well," said another. "A minister would feel out of place in my office." Since I consider myself a minister, I pressed him to explain.

"Most ministers I know come across best visiting the hospital or working in the church environs. That's their turf." He went on to say he saw the world of the pastor and the world of business people as very different: "The pastor is used to working alone or with a small staff, and his interest is relationships. The world of business is a more impersonal atmosphere dominated by people who emphasize the bottom line.

"Pastors do pretty well with issues of grief and loneliness and interpersonal ethics — not stealing, coveting, fornicating, and so on," he said. "But I don't know too many pastors who address the problems of the individual's conflicting loyalties in groups ...

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