The Unjust Steward

What kind of a Man Cheats Little Children? This kind!

By Lance Grider

The parable of the Unjust Steward is found at the beginning of Luke 16 and it goes like this:

Jesus told his disciples:

“There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’

 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg—  I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.”  (NIV)

Let’s sum up: A successful businessman tells his manager he’s going to fire him – but not until later, after he sees the balance sheets the manager will give him. The manager decides to cheat his boss in order to win favor with the boss’s creditors.

But instead of getting angry and firing him, the boss shakes the manager’s hand and congratulates him on being a shrewd businessman: He knows how to cheat people.

It’s an odd idea about profit that was fabulously popular in the Roman era. It assumes business deals involve two sides–a winner and a loser. You can find examples of merchants being seen as crooks all over the Bible, as well as in contemporary Roman writers such as Pliny the Younger. If you made a profit on a deal it was because you cheated someone. Adam Smith‘s labor theory of value, the notion that objects gain value through exchange and work, is seventeen centuries in the future.

Still, there are people in the world today who hold this ancient if irrational prejudice. One of them is Donnie Trump.

For the real Donald J. Trump (RDJT), you’re either a winner or a loser. His business ideal and heathen idol is not John Galt, it is Mr. Haney of Green Acres.

That’s why RDJT had no problem cheating three little girls. A year ago in January, three cute little moppets calling themselves “America’s Freedom Kids” danced their way onto one of Trump’s braunschweiger rallies. Trump’s management promised to pay them $2,500. They didn’t get it. Instead, they were told they could sell their cutie-pie merchandise. But they didn’t get to do that either.

Last July their manager finally gave up and decided, like so many other RDJT debtors, he had to file a lawsuit.

Is it really any wonder that RDJT would cheat three little girls? He cheated on all three of his wives.


Buyer’s Remorse Coming Soon!


RDJT rules America by a plurality of 40 percent. Twenty-five percent are his foundation votes, Dittoheads, who will only vote for rich white males. He recruited a deciding 15 percent more, voters less politically involved, just still looking for hope and change. Joe and Jo Threekids, who just want a decent job and strong economy. They have yet to realize that, like RDJT told the surprised workers of Carrier, all his talk about jobs was just a ‘euphenism‘.  He’s starting trade wars and building byootyful walls. That’s it. That’s all he knows what to do. It didn’t work for him, why would it work for president him? Buyer’s remorse looms across the land, at least that’s the loomer I’ve heard.

RDJT thinks he’s won the deal with America. Guess how that means we did.

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