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“Render Unto Caesar”
WHEN THE Chief says, “More traffic enforcement,” it means just that. The intersection I was monitoring was the scene of frequent terrible crashes, and we needed ...

“RENDER UNTO CAESAR”

Bill Hubbard, Executive Police Officer

Taos, NM, Police Department

WHEN THE Chief says, “More traffic enforcement,” it means just that. The intersection I was monitoring was the scene of frequent terrible crashes, and we needed to put an end to that. The light had turned red while the blue car was about 30 feet from the crosswalk, but the driver paid no heed. Instantly my overhead lights were on and so was the chase!

As I pulled the car over about a block later I couldn’t help but notice the bumper sticker: “In case of rapture, this car will be unoccupied.” This was a university town, and the driver was a college-age guy, impatiently drumming his fingers on the steering wheel. Unsure of his motives, I maintained a position just behind his doorpost and asked for his driver’s license and proof of insurance. “Fine!” he said. “Whatever you want; you’re just an agent of Caesar, so do what you will!”

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“I’m a what?” I asked.

“An agent of Caesar,” he replied. “‘Render unto Caesar,’ the Bible says. Just do whatever you are going to do, but be quick about it.” On the seat next to him was a huge, well-worn Bible, and a cross dangled from the rearview mirror.

I said, “Sir, I work for this town, not Caesar, and you deliberately ran a red light. You’ll need to wait while I check the status of your driver’s license and write a citation.”

“Whatever,” he replied impatiently. His license was clear so I wrote the ticket and returned to my young friend. When I handed him the citation I asked, “Isn’t that a Bible there beside you?”

“Yes, why?”

“Well, Caesar was a Roman, wasn’t he?”

“Yes.”

“Well, isn’t Romans a book in the Bible?”

“It is,” he answered, sounding bored.

“Well, my badge number is 13, and just for fun, let’s see what Romans 13 says!” Thoroughly perplexed he opened his Bible to Romans 13:1 and read, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (NLT).

“Wow, how about that?” I mused. “You have thirty days to appear at Municipal Court to take care of this ticket. Please sign at the bottom and I will give you a copy.” The moral of this story is: Don’t play “Bible” with the cops; the one who stops you just might be a seminary graduate!


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