Are you kidding me? In these days of Enron, Martha Stewart and wars waged over phantom weapons, we know better than to defend dishonesty. Then why would Jesus offer a parable lauding it? Upon closer inspection, however, this parable is just one in a long line of stories that Jesus tells about how to handle wealth.
In the Bible as a whole, Jesus offers more commentary on how to deal with wealth than on how to handle sex—a fact ignored by today’s church, which is preoccupied by matters of sex while it says very little about money. Those with a supposedly high moral character are not always the shining examples in these stories. “Shady” characters may demonstrate the ability to make worthwhile decisions—and inform those of us who have high opinions of our personal morality. The Lukan parable is about money. How do we make decisions regarding our possessions?