“The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
This statement was made almost 100 years ago by a man named Finley Peter Dunne who was considered a great journalist at that time. Recently, we had a guest minister come to our church, and he mentioned that he had come to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. I got curious about this phrase and did a search on it. That’s how I found out it was something originally quoted by a journalist about the newspaper.
I’ve been thinking about this phrase some and how it relates to preaching. What do you think? Is this the purpose of preaching, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable? I have my own opinion, which I plan on sharing soon, but I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. Please feel free to leave a comment.