On learning lessons from dishonest scoundrels: Part 1.

Go and do likewise.

Makes sense when you’ve just heard or read a story where the key character has behaved admirably.

Like the Good Samaritan.

Unlike the religious professionals who had walked by on the other side rather than get involved with a man (one of their own, presumably) who had been brutally beaten and left at the side of the road.

The Good Samaritan got involved. Did something to help.

“Go and do likewise.”

It’s different though when the key character in the story is a rogue.

Like the dishonest manager who was about to lose his job.

The prospect of unemployment was an uncomfortable one; he didn’t really fancy manual labour and the thought of begging was beneath his dignity. So he hatched a plan. A dishonest plan. Whereby he got his boss’s clients to adjust their accounts. Make it appear that they owed less than they actually did. That way, once the crunch came, he would have friends.

“Go and do likewise.”

What? Behave like the rogue trader?

It’s fascinating to see that Jesus held this man up as having something that his followers could do well to cultivate. Not dishonesty. But shrewdness. Street smarts.  Not least in relation to money.

Use wealth, says Jesus, to make friends who will welcome you to eternal dwellings.

“Go and do likewise.”

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