I real­ly don’t study enough. After over four years of being involved in the things of God, I just now learned that “prodi­gal” (as in the Para­ble of the Prodi­gal Son [Luke 15:11–32]) does not mean “lost” as I have so often assumed. It in fact means “extrav­a­gant,” mak­ing the com­mon title of the para­ble mean “the sto­ry of the son who led an extrav­a­gant life.” “Prodi­gal” also car­ries the mean­ing of “waste­ful lux­u­ry,” and it would­n’t be too much of a stretch to go into a lengthy rant on Amer­i­ca from that definition.

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