View Full Version : I need an apt scripture?

08-09-2006, 11:23 PM
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]”

Jenan Mac
08-10-2006, 01:50 AM
I'm thinking the one about rendering unto Caesar.

Kristen King
08-10-2006, 06:08 AM
That would be Mark 12:17, and I agree that it's perfect.

Are you looking for the other bus driver to agree or disagree?

08-10-2006, 04:10 PM

Thank you, Mark 12:17 is very good.

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 (She would probably use Mark 12:17). 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.

Kristen King
08-10-2006, 06:33 PM
What about Matt 9:47-48, 1 Cor 13:13, or Heb 8:11-12? The one in Hebrews will probably be best for what you're going for.


08-10-2006, 08:03 PM
Here are a couple 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.

08-11-2006, 07:52 PM
"It is more blessed to give than receive."
You could do a word search on; http://www.ibs.org/niv/index.php

08-13-2006, 04:40 AM
Thou shalt not steal.