Q: I play basketball at a local gym. You pay to belong. Four-on-four pick-up: you win, you keep playing. Certain guys are just horrible, beyond belief; if you get stuck with one of them, you're playing three on four. They have every right to play, yet they drag down the team and you have a long wait to play again. When do the rights of the community come ahead of the individual? These players are not stupid; they know they're harming the greater good. Are they being selfish, or are their rights as important as those of the 'community' as a whole?
— R., via email@example.com.
A: Clergy guys like me seldom get sports questions, but yours touches on the way the values of faith affect other areas of our life. The ethical issue here is clear. You signed up for a particular play format knowing its limitations, so you must bear the consequences. If you don't like it, don't play ball at that gym.