The Bankrupt Homeowner as the Prodigal Son

Ya know, I really hate it when media folk or politicians, who generally scorn religion in the public square, drag religion into the public square and then quote passages from the Bible out of context.

Here’s Roger Simon from the Politico, taking a whack at Rick Santelli, and Republicans, for being, “Darwinistic”? Notice how he frames the argument … Republicans leave you alone to die in the wilderness, Obama … well … Christlike.

By the way, just so you know, when Jesus told the story of the Prodigal son he was referring to the Lord’s grace and mercy for all sinners, no matter how many or great. He also wanted all to know that when a sinner comes back to the Lord, he is welcomed with open arms. He was not referring to loan forgiveness or taxation.

If by chance you have read the story and are referring to the Father splitting his inheritance once more among his sons, you might have a point, except in the secular case, it was the Father of two sons, not the government which is only then a valid point if you believe Jesus thought of the government as “The Father”. 

Feel free to comment.

6 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Let me fix that for these boys….

    Liberals: "life is unfair!  Help me, I'm a victim!"

    Conservatives: "life is unfair.  Let's even the score!"

    How did the liberal Politico become the de facto "go to" blog on the web?

  2. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    If the parable of the Prodigal Son is to be used (see Luke 15:11-32) a few things should be added:

    1)  This son, for all his faults, was willing to work hard.  Even before returning to his father he fed pigs to survive.

    2)  This son, for all his faults, fully repented for what he had done.  The inference is he would not return to his old spending habits.

    3)  This son, for all his faults, was willing to become a servant in his father's house, and did not feel entitled to any special privileges.

    4)  This son, for all his faults, was willing to start over.

    5)  The implication is that after the celebration at his return, this son would join his brother who was working hard for his father (see verse 25).

  3. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    p.s. perhaps the writer should focus more on the next lesson Jesus taught: "The Parable of the Dishonest Steward!"

    • Jim Vicevich
      Jim Vicevich says:

      Thanks gillie … well put … worth reading and remembering and one more reason why when pundits and politicans quote the Bible, they generally do so out of context … or … no context at all.

  4. Wyndeward
    Wyndeward says:

    Actually, I was reminded of the Shakespearean line "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek" from the Merchant of Venice.

  5. weregettinghosed
    weregettinghosed says:

    The bible the last refuge of a scoundrel.

    Strange how many of these so called, God hating, get God out of our lives politicians are quickly finding refuge underneath the everlasting arms. 

    As things continue to get worse shall they discover there is a wolf in sheeps clothing in our midst? Will the politicians then find God as their refuge and strength, a very present help in the face of trouble. Therefore shall they not fear, though all laws have changed, and though America's face has been changed from sea to shining sea.

    Rise up America – remember the 'devil' knows the words of God by only recites them, those that know of God and speak of God has God within their hearts. You will know America.

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