For reasons you've pointed out we have to take a much looser view of the "Problems you actually face" clause of the FAQ. However, that does not mean we need to ignore it entirely.
To understand what a "problem we actually face" constitutes we need to understand two things. Who are our users? and What is our subject matter?
In this particular site our users our target community is essentially theologians. A credentialed expert here would have a seminary degree, a bible degree or a degree from a bible college (like a 4yr or 2 yr degree in CS is a good credential on SO). However, there are plenty of other kinds of experts here, folks who have either read extensively (self taught programmer) or had education through their local church (a programming certification, or job training through one's employer).
We then have the less well trained users, these are the folks who have read a few of the right books, or had a few classes (amateur programmers perhaps?). And the third class is the entirely new users. People who are drive bys. The first group is like CS 101 students showing up on So asking questions. The second doesn't really have an equivalent on SO because of the nature of the differences between our sites (this would be like a non-programmer showing up on SO and asking about how to code something with no research effort, it's getting closed there, it might actually stay open here if it's phrased properly).
Now that we know roughly who our users are, we can talk about our subject matter.
We're here for all of Christianity and for basically any question that has to do with it.
So what constitutes a question you actually face? That depends on who you are and why you're asking.
For the expert and advanced folks:
Questions about theology from good perspectives. These might not get answered right away because you're expecting a well researched answer that goes into detail about why things are the way they are etc. These are questions you actually face because they are part of our belief structure and proffer a greater understanding of Christianity.
Questions about church order and structure. These are easier to answer, and are more applicable because they affect church life. It's easy to see how they are practical and answerable.
Questions about church history. It's less easy to see how these are "questions you actually face." But history is an important part of learning who we are and where we came from. They are problems you actually face because learning what happened and why informs what we do right now.
For the less advanced user:
- Questions about basic Christian concepts. These are the things that the more educated user probably already understands (and thus aren't likely things they actually face, though they may make good questions). If a guy with 10k and a gold badge in the SQL tag asks a simple question about how to do a JOIN he's probably not being genuine, but if a 1 rep user asks it they probably are and should be answered with utmost care. The same with more basic concepts in Christianity.
All of that said, we actually specifically exclude certain very real questions that actually are problems people actually face. Things like "What should I do in situation X" and "Is X a sin" are real problems people face, but are not good questions for us to answer because they are things that are either between said person and God or between said person and their pastor. We're not a church and our goal here is to learn about Christianity, not to give spiritual advice (we pretty much universally believe the internet is a bad place for that).
I hope my above points help you understand how that clause of the FAQ interacts with how we should ask and answer questions. I'm in favor of it staying because it's actually a really good thought process to go through before you ask a question.