The Parable of the Rich Fool
Passage: Luke 12:13–12:21
"We miss the force of the story if we see the rich man as being especially wicked... the point here, as in many another tale, is not that this man is a monster, but that he was typical–that is, typical of a class of people and typical of a whole social system. His thought-processes are normal... They are the thought-processes that exclude God and other people–who both, alike, inevitably reassert themselves at the end." –Stephen I. Wright, "Parables on Poverty and Riches" in The Challenge of Jesus' Parables, 223.