Posted by joe on Sunday, June 19 7:52 pm
hi. i have a similar situation. im not stricly speaking a christian but i do value the teachings of the bible and i do have faith. i turned to the this parable to try and solve our situation but the answer i gleaned seems somehow wrong. my older brother worked for my dad in his medical practice with his secretary and became an important member of the team. he (son) had booked a holiday to greece and was expected to return within 2 weeks but he never did which left my dad in dire straights and without an office assistant which is a crucial part of that very busy practice. i had to step in and perform the duties my brother had been. now he wants to come back to his job and ridiculously high wage. like the prodigal son he squandered my dads money in another country andthen when it has all run out he will be back for more. i dont think he should be rewarded for abanoning my dad and i dont think he should be allowed to please himself. i know that if the boss wasnt my dad he would have been fired.if he is allowed to return he this kind of thing will re occur and he will learn nothing.i think he should be taught a lesson by not being allowed to waltz back in to the job. Although he is my brother and i love him dearly and i appreciate that is now "found from being lost" i think he should learn that his conduct was wrong and unacceptable. i know u guys will say forgiveness... which is all good but if he keeps being forgiven he will never learn. what do u guys think the right approach is? i would be most interested to read what you think the best course of action is. cheers
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