The Parable of the Unforgiving Prosecutor

Hear ye the word of Ben Mathis-Lilley, chapter 18, verses 23-35:

Therefore are the United States likened unto a certain attorney general, which would take account of his civil servants. And when he had begun to reckon, a St. Louis county prosecutor was brought unto him, which owed him $170,000. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, the attorney general commanded him to be fired, and his assistant prosecutors, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

The county prosecutor therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, “Attorney general have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.” Then the attorney general was moved with compassion, released him from jail, and forgave him the back taxes.

But the same prosecutor went out, and found a disabled military veteran, which owed him a $100 payment on his traffic fines; and the prosecutor had the police lay hands on him, and put him in handcuffs, saying, “Pay me that thou owest!”

And the disabled veteran fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all of the fines.” And the prosecutor would not listen, but went and cast the disabled veteran into prison, till he should pay the debt.

So when the disabled veteran’s friends saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto the attorney general all that was done. Then the attorney general, after that he had called the prosecutor, said unto him, “O thou wicked civil servant, I forgave thee all those back taxes, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on this disabled veteran, even as I had pity on thee?”

And the attorney general was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors at the Internal Revenue Service, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 

And the attorney general was wroth, and wrote a sternly worded report outlining the prosecutor’s sins and those of his fellow civil servants in St. Louis county. Little else happened, for great is the indifference of the United States.

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