I’ve caught myself in a hypothetical dilemma.

In most medical dramas, we have often seen how hospital staffs break the news of a failed surgery to the family members. They cannot afford to commit professional suicide by being too emotionally attached to the dead patient due to the frequency of deaths. Surgeons can literally go mad if he takes every failed surgery personally; he thinks that he has indirectly murdered the patient by failing to save their life. In this sense, I think this understandable and perfectly reasonable.

However, these are only but physical lives that are wrestled in between our temporal realm. Is it reasonable for church workers to detach their hearts from the people they are trying to save spiritually? People are the church’s main focus, but so is the hospital’s. Ain’t the spiritual death rate is comparable to that of the hospital?

Is this professionalism or reasoned apathy?

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