curtis is reading me 'the prodigal God' by tim keller. it's very interesting... he begins the book with something i've never heard. the word "prodigal" doesn't mean quite what we think it means. it means "recklessly extravagant " and "giving or yielding profusely; lavish". keller's big idea is that the most prodigal person in the story is the father, who represents God. huh.
last night was chapter 3 - how both sons in the parable are "lost"... that we can be lost by our dissolute, selfish and amoral choices like the younger brother, OR by our rigid morality, fierce rule following and self-righteousness like the older brother. (i wish i had the book here - i'd "read' you some of it). both ways of living isolate you from God, and in both lifestyles you are trying to be your own savior. and then i read this article this morning: teen suspended for going to girlfriend's prom. his baptist school doesn't allow dancing or handholding or rock n' roll - really? "rock n' roll"? - and when he went with his girlfriend to her prom at a different school, they suspended him.
because Jesus didn't come 'that (we) may have life, and have it to the full' (john 10:10) - he came so we wouldn't or hold hands, dance or listen to rock n' roll. *sigh*
i read this, and i know tim keller is right. the older brother is just as lost, or more lost, than the younger brother. at least the younger brother recognizes that he is wrong...