Politically Correct Parables

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Fifteen of the parables of Jesus, humorously retold in politically correct style. From the story of the geographically dislocated sheep to that of the generosity-gifted Samaritan, here are the parables of Jesus as you've never read them before, rephrased and reworked so as to fit the demands of political correctness. Of course, these demands have in places turned the whole parable around, and we discover that perhaps the pre-politically correct world wasn't so bad after all. At least you could tell a straight story! So this book is a great opportunity to laugh at some of our modern mores, as well as a challenge to think again about the directness and forthrightness of Jesus' original words.

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You've probably heard the biblical tale of the Prodigal Son, the young man whose father welcomes him back into the fold even after he's squandered his entire inheritance. Well, get ready for Robert Martin Walker's new book, Politically Correct Parables, wherein the story becomes "The Negative-Attention-Getting Son."

In this witty recasting of first century stories, Walker takes political correctness to ridiculous extremes by retelling a variety of biblical parables. The Good Samaritan becomes, "The Generosity-Gifted Samaritan." The tale of the Pharisee and Publican becomes, "The Generosity-Gifted Pharisee and Marginalized Publican." Even Jesus has some hilariously memorable lines: "Do this and you will never be terminally inconvenienced."

In an era of over-the-top political correctness, Politically Correct Parables, is a refreshing and funny sermon on going too far. If you know the Bible-- or if you're simply sick of the self-righteous political correctness that surrounds us-- you will find this book an amusing and enlightening read.

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Finally, a generosity-gifted Samaritan walked down that same road. Even though Samaritans were marginalized in that society and considered belief-impoverished by Jews, he stopped by the male Jewish person who, by this time, was severely life-impaired. When he saw the soon-to-expire male Jewish person, he became compassion-abled. He dressed the Jewish male's wounds and put him on his non-human animal. He felt somewhat guilty about exploiting the donkey with the extra burden, but used an outcome-based evaluation to ease his mind.

The generosity-gifted Samaritan took the medically needy male Jewish person to an inn and said to the innperson, "This person needs medical attention. I didn't have time to take him to my Health Maintenance Organization. Please meet his needs and I'll make a transfer payment from my bank account to pay the bill."

Then Jesus asked the multiculturally impaired lawyer, "Which of the three persons was the most sensitive to the male Jewish person's needs?"

The lawyer unwittingly revealed his own moral dysfunction by commenting, "I wish I could have found that man myself and sued those morally different persons."

Jesus said, "You're not getting the point. Let me rephrase the question. Which of the three was a neighbor to the male Jewish person?"

The lawyer reluctantly answered, "The one who was generosity-gifted."

Jesus said, "Go and do likewise."

The lawyer immediately ran to the Jerusalem-to-Jericho road and began looking for victimized persons (potential clients) so he could enhance his income.

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