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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