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The Prodigal Society


Apparently, only news items that mirror the dark side of our society warrant mention on the evening news. Rarely do we see positive reflections of a society gone derelict.  In fact, you might call us “The Prodigal Society” since we no longer care about pleasing God or allowing him in our public places, including schools.

By definition, “prodigal” means to leave a once-established place of safety and affirmation and choose rather to live in the forbidden zone of self-deprecation and indulgence. The Bible applied it to a son who desired to take his inheritance and leave home. After all, his older brother was the heir apparent to the family’s home and business. So, he traded his place of safety for a pit of pig slop.

Yet, it is not only individuals who have forsaken their place of safety and provision, it is our society at large. It has become prodigal from the provision and power that comes with a right relationship with a heavenly father who loves them very much.

What led up to our society becoming prodigal?
  1. The American church has left its place of authority in our society.
  2. It has wandered away from the provision of the Father.
  3.  It has forsaken spiritual disciplines that enable it to hear from the Father.
  4. It has secularized and sanitized its program to a point of powerlessness and impotence.
  5. Those who stayed in the church grew complacent and territorial (like the older brother in the story). 

We have left the place of provision and power because we’ve gone after other things. We need to return to the place where God can again touch our hearts.
Only when God touches the human heart can real change—or even transformation—take place. The human heart that invites God’s redeeming touch experiences what no human agency can offer.

The Father has his eye on the horizon—waiting for his people to return to Him. He wants us to be proximal and not prodigal. He has an incredible plan that includes us being in close proximity to his heart.

We can no longer surrender to the maddening cries of secularism. It has taken us far from where we really need to be.


It’s time to come home.


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