View Full Version : Can you help me with a fitting scripture

08-09-2006, 11:17 PM
I apologize if this is off topic, I am writing a mystery novel about a bus driver, with a sub-plot of religious tension, instead of the all-too-common sexual tension found in most cozies today. In this scene I want to illustrate how devout the other bus drivers are. The only concordance I have is the one in the back of my bible, so I am hoping that you will be able to offer three or four suitable scriptures that will complete the scene.

I entered the drivers’ lounge and took a seat at the long folding table; the three couches positioned in a semi-circle in the middle of the lounge were occupied. Four drivers sat on the couches, studying their well-worn bibles.

Finally Beverly started. “Did I tell you about the man who got on my bus without paying yesterday?” She was answered with silence as the others continued flipping back and forth between bookmarked pages. As she began her story the others closed their bibles and half listened, half prepared their answers.

I was driving the Route #20 Virginia Beach Boulevard, stopped at the Charlotte Street line-up downtown. When this young man, in his late 20’s, just walked on the bus and proceeded to sit down in the back. Well I said to the man, ‘That’s $1.50, sir.’ And everyone’s looking at him and he’s looking at everyone else, acting like he don’t know what I’m talking about.

So I say to him again, ‘You have to pay $1.50, sir, or you can’t ride.’

Then he says, ‘Oh, I ain’t got no money.’

So I say to him, ‘Well then you can’t ride the bus until you pay.’

Then he says, ‘This is where you call your supervisor, and she tells you to, go ahead and let me ride just this once.’

Now I’m thinking, forget the supervisor, We’re going straight to the police this time. But instead I said to him, [appropriate scripture].

The three drivers give a “hmmm” at the same time. Janet replies, “Well if this young man got on MY bus without paying, I’d say to him [another fitting scripture]”

08-10-2006, 04:30 AM
Hmm ...

I guess I need more information. Is the bus driver showing compassion? Does this rider look like they need a break? Are the other drivers discussing the situation? What do city bus drivers IRL do if someone gets on and doesn't pay?

Well, we have a cat in the cake batter, so I've got to rescue DD


08-10-2006, 05:08 AM
See what you can find at biblegateway.com

08-10-2006, 04:00 PM

Thank you, I will see what I can find at Biblegateway.


Normally, when we have a passenger who cannot pay, the driver will make a judgement call. At lest once a day someone comes up a nickel, or even a quarter short, and the driver discretely lets the passenger ride. The driver does not want to embarrass the passenger, nor does he want the other passengers to know that they can get away with not paying the full fare.

Occasionally, we will have someone who is just trying to get a free ride. Even then we will give the passenger the benefit of the doubt and let him ride, because that is what the supervisor would advise (in order to avoid a confrontation or delaying the bus).

But with this passenger’s blatant defiance the dispatcher/supervisor would call the police to escort him off the bus.

In this scene Beverly is upset and wants to “save face” with the other passengers. Janet who is distanced from the actual event would advise a more compassionate approach.

The religious tension arises when they ask the protagonist what he would do. Bob is a Buddhist, but more importantly, not Christian. His co-workers are all beautiful people and devout Christians, who would probably accept his beliefs, but he doesn’t have the same conviction as the other drivers.

08-15-2006, 06:39 AM
Posted this on the other thread with this question, but in case you didn't see it...

Here are a couple scriptures that, interpreted 'differently', may or may not be what you have in mind:

Lev. 19:15 - Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor...

Job 13:10 He would surely rebuke you if you secretly showed partiality.

And a few more:

Prov. 19:17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.

Prov. 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Prov. 22:9 A generous man will himself be blessed...

Prov. 28:27 He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.

Dt. 15:7 ...do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.

08-18-2006, 06:39 AM
This sounds like something you could find in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7).