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The Parable of the Loving Father

The Parable of the Loving Father

As we get set for the first presidential debate and the election that will follow, this parable in Luke 15 gives me hope. We call it, "The Parable of the Prodigal Son." We label the son who went away and squandered the family money as reckless, irresponsible, and of course, just plain bad. While the other son, the older who stayed home and worked the farm, as loyal, trustworthy, and of course, the good one. How we read the parable tells us something about ourselves, we tend to label people in polar opposite ones. One is good, and one is bad. To have 'good' you need 'bad'. In the case of tonight's debate, the tendency seems toward, 'bad' and 'less bad'. In the parable, Jesus says, "There was a father with two sons." In this parable, both sons are people you'd likely avoid unless thrust together at a family reunion. While the younger is quite prodigal (wasteful), the older is quite rude to his father and casts as much disrespect to his father as his younger brother, even though he didn't

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