Why does society think people who work in ministry/not-for-profit should live substandardly?
I don't believe most feel anyone in the not for profit should live substandardly, but when you hear about some making 6 figure incomes, one has to wonder just where is the money going. To the needy or the message carrier.
I suspect that there is a big difference between the ministry and a not-for-profit. One is a calling while the other should be a business like any other, only what profit is made goes back into the running of the business. That said, we should not expect anyone to live substandard, not even the billion or so people who live on less than US$10 per day.
I do not think that way. I believe that we all should live in a comfortable standard. Certainly becoming rich from working for a charity is not acceptable but, by all means substandard is not fair especially when actors and entertainers are put so very high on pedestles and paid top dollar for really nothing at all. No offence intended to anyone.
As with the others, I am sure that people would not mind when ministers make a comfortable living, but exploiting faith to a point where making six and seven figures a year comes to play, you are certainly NOT a "not for profit organization".
When people who are less fortunate are giving to a ministry where the minister is living high on the hog, something is WRONG!
I was in professional ministry for ten years. I had the same question at that time. As I reflect back, I don't think society, or a majority of people feel this way. This question arises more often in the minds of those in professional ministry as well as their families. People want to see that those who make their living from the gifts of those they serve, have a sense of gratitude. Living at the standard of the majority of people in ones community is acceptable by all reasonable people. There are exceptions, of course, and those in ministry/not-for-profit work tend to be sensitive to this minority.
I would say because the disciples in the New Testament lived without basically anything. They lived only on what they were given by the followers of Jesus.
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