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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: Professors of Peace
By Tim Pickl


“Do you believe God created this planet?” Professor Matthew Verde dramatically paused to let the question brew in his students’ minds. The good Environmental Professor liked to shock his students, especially toward the end of a lecture.

That should wake them up, he thought.

It worked. Several students gasped; others shook their heads, looking down into their laptops.

“Whether you believe it or not—and you know my thinking on the subject of God: the concept of God is relative to how much faith you personally exercise—Whether you believe He created this beautiful, green planet doesn’t really matter. The earth is here; and so are we. But the problem is not the earth—nahhhh—Mother Earth’s been here for millions of years—the problem is the ‘we’.”

Professor paused again, spun around and wrote a big WE ARE on the chalkboard. He spun around again, and pointed to the students, chalk still in his left hand.

“WE ARE the problem. The total human population has exploded all over the earth. WE ARE literally consuming her like hoards of locusts. If we don’t stop polluting, spewing toxic poisons like uranium into our land and water supply; ruining the ozone layer, and endangering the delicate natural order of things, WE ARE on a path to self-destruction.”

He set the chalk down and picked up a cup, and sipped some water from it.

“Like Mars?” one female student blurted out.

“Yes, yes… like Mars. For you freshmen here today, please let me explain. I’ve lectured about the theory that humans once lived on Mars, and they were on the same path we are now – conducting massive deforestation; refusing to employ renewable, recyclable and sustainable energy practices; building weapons of mass destruction, and ultimately annihilating themselves. All that’s left is a cold, almost lifeless planet.”

Professor Verde stroked his chin thoughtfully.

“Here’s a good question to think about, what did the ‘god of war’ accomplish there? Mars was the Roman god of war. But, Mars was also the god of agriculture. Do you see it? The Martians chose the wrong path—they refused to be green. Things to ponder…yes, so many things to ponder…but I deviate, and we’re out of time for today. Remember to study your UNEP book – the United Nations Environment Programme – your UNEP paper is due Friday at noon. Remember to always have a peaceful, green day.”

After the students vacated the lecture hall, Heidi Gibbs, a Religious Professor from a different University, appeared in the doorway.

“Hey Dr. Green—didya remember?”

Professor Verde looked at Heidi, then at the clock on the wall above the chalkboard, then back at her. “I... well... I…”

“I know you won’t lie—you forgot, right?”

“Ummm, yes I forgot. I’m not sure if I have time—”

“Oh, that’s the lame excuse you gave me last time. Come on—grab your laptop and let’s go. I picked out a place we can have dinner and you can work at the same time.”

“I guess you got me there—I have no excuses this time.”

Heidi smiled big. “Perfect. I’m parked right outside.”

“No, we better go in my car.”

“Why? Mine’s all warmed up and ready to go—“

“This time you forgot—“

“Oh, that’s right, you need to be constantly environmentally friendly, a true man of his 'green' word.”

“Exactly. I’ll meet you in the Professor’s parking area in five minutes.”

“All-righty!” Heidi almost skipped away, singing to herself.

He downloaded the audio from that day’s lecture to his laptop for future reference, then shut it down, locking it in his briefcase and headed out to meet Heidi.

“So, Verde—which one is yours?”

This time Professor Verde smiled big. “That one.”

“I shoulda known it would be green.”

“It’s actually sparkling emerald.”

“A brand-new electric car—I’m almost ‘green’ with envy.”

“Haha! You are too funny.” They got into the car.

When the Professor started it, the engine was eerily quiet.

“Matthew, I have a question.”


“I overheard you tell the students about the people on Mars, about how they had a choice to make.”

He was about to put the car in reverse, but stopped, and looked into Heidi’s compassionate eyes.

“That’s right, they choose war instead of peace.”

“Do you want true peace—peace that no man can give you—the kind of peace only God can give you?”

“Ever since I met you, actually yes I do.”

“Let me introduce you to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.”


Scripture References, from the King James Version (KJV):
John 14:27
Isaiah 9:6

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Dan Blankenship 10/29/09
This was excellent, but the ending seemed a little too rushed and far-fetched... Sometimes that 750 word limit can be difficult to overcome. You did a great job of grabbing my attention and keeping it throughout the story!

May God bless!

Dan Blankenship

Lisa Keck10/29/09
This was well done. I didn't see the invitation to meet the Prince of Peace coming--good job for your secondary character to tie in what's going on in the professor's life with every man's real need.
Jennifer Galey10/29/09
Thought-provoking piece!

When I was a freshman in college, I had a professor that taught evolution. I raised my hand to speak up for creation. I guess he saw the look on my face because he said, "Anybody that disagrees with this may see me after class."

I met with him and presented my belief in creation and supporting scientific evidence.

He just nodded his head and told me that I would be "enlightened" with my continuing education at the university.

Still haven't changed my mind!
Colin Swann11/02/09
Very thought provoking story. Yes Jesus the Prince of Peace is the answer and I think he would approve of us looking after his planet earth. Colin
Catrina Bradley 11/04/09
Professor Verde's (great name btw) use of the big WE ARE so perfectly illustrates man's obsession with self. I love how Heidi grabbed the opportunity presented to her to share the Gospel and turn Verde's idea of peace on its head. Nice job.