Saturday, May 08, 2010

Yes, you might say that

Why, yes. You could say there's a lesson for pastors in this, but it's a subtle one. Ready?

Don't conveniently leave a couple million bucks off your income tax returns. Don't take the church credit card to Las Vegas. More generally (you know, this isn't a bad lesson for many of the non-clerical professions too), don't be a crook.

OK, in fairness, sure -- organizations that have nonprofit status should, as a rule, have some sort of oversight mechanism in place that goes beyond trusting the honest face of the person who's collecting the donations. That's worth some discussion. But we're stretching the faith-n-values blanket a bit thin to pull a top story out of Dear Pastor: Don't Steal Stuff.

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