Parables for Modern Academia By Deborah and Loren Haarsma

The kingdom of heaven is like a department chair checking on the progress of the graduate students. She came to a graduate student who was supposed to turn in his thesis that week, but had procrastinated and hadn’t started to analyze data yet. The department chair reminded him that there was no more funding for him after this term. The grad student pleaded with her. “Be patient with me,” he begged, “and I will finish the thesis by the deadline.” The department chair took pity on him, and told him she would let him re-enroll and would find money somewhere for another term.
But when the graduate student went out, he ran into one of the undergraduates in the course he was grading. He yelled at the student, “Where is your homework? It’s a day late!” The undergraduate begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will turn it in tomorrow.” But the grad student refused and said, “No. I’m giving you a zero and you’re failing the course!”
When the other students saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told the department chair everything that had happened. Then the chair called the graduate student in. “You wicked student,” she said, “I forgave you for procrastinating on your thesis because you begged me. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on the undergraduate just as I had on you?” In anger the chair expelled him from the department, to find a job until he could finish his thesis. This is how the heavenly Father will treat each of us unless we forgive our brothers from the heart. (Matt 18:23-35)
In a certain department there was a chairman who neither feared God nor cared about students. There was a student in that department who kept coming to him with the plea, “Grant me justice in my petition.” For some time he refused, but finally he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about students, yet because this student keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!”
Listen to what the unjust department chair says. Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you he will see that they get justice, and quickly. (Luke 18:2-8)


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