I have a friend. He is a new Christian who is still working through what it looks like to be a Christian guy in inner city-Detroit.
When he became a Christian he and his girlfriend were living together, but they have decided that she needed to move out and they are making real strides at bringing Jesus into the forefront of their relationship. Each of them have become young leaders in their congregation and are some of the most outward focused members there.
There is one small, strange hick-up. Dave is a little reluctant to make the last big step, quitting his job. You see, Dave works at a store that specializes in pornography and sex toys.
He would like to quit his job, but is realistic about the prospects of a young black man finding gainful employment in the city of Detroit. It’s not easy. It is especially difficult to find a job that is as flexible as this one has been for him to do church work.
I don’t really have a good answer, but thought it was a fun illustration of some issues that arise in my work that I never though I would have to think about.