The parable of the prodigal son has a lot to teach us. It can profoundly impact how we view relationships, forgiveness, repentance, pride, and the nature of God’s grace. But it should also instruct us in another way, by making us consider how we should think about money.
In Jesus’ parable, the younger son asked for his share of the family’s inheritance and, subsequently, traveled to a foreign country and squandered it on “wild living.” The younger son believed that wealth would allow him to escape from his circumstances and be freed. This reflects our own dominant cultural view that the surest path to freedom is money: those with the greatest financial means can exhibit the most freedom.