Arminian Motorist And Calvinist Officer Argue About Whether Paying Fine Is A Choice

Arminian Motorist And Calvinist Officer Argue About Whether Paying Fine Is A Choice

Jim Hanson was recently driving and not paying attention to his speed. He crept over the speed limit by 10 mph in a business district and was pulled over by patrolman Ned Grant. After collecting the appropriate information, the officer said, "I hate to have to do this, but I'm going to have to write you a ticket," telling Hanson he must pay it within 60 days. The driver shot back, "Hey... you don't have to write that ticket. You can choose to not write it." The officer smiled at what he thought was a joke, and handed Hansen the ticket.

Jim, who attends Faith Nazarene took the paperwork and then responded, "Well, I may or may not choose to pay the fine, but I don't have to." Grant, who attends Grace Baptist pulled his avaitors down, smiled, and said, "No... you don't have a choice. You will pay the fine." Jim smiled back and said, "Well, I don't have to. I could just refuse." The officer lost his smile and replied, "What makes you think you could refuse to pay this ticket?" The driver maintained his smile and said, "Well... I have free moral agency. You said I have to pay the fine. The law says the fine is legit. But at the end of the day, I have to go in there and make the payment. I choose to do that... or I don't."

They back and forth went on for some time, with the patrolman's patience growing very thin. In the end, officer Grant told Jim that if he didn't pay the ticket, there would be consequences. The speeder readily agreed, but threw in a final jab, "But I do have the choice of whether or not I pay the ticket." Officer Grant boiled over and said, "Do you want me to arrest you right now?" to which Hanson grinned and replied, "That's your choice, sir." 

Officer Grant smiled back, put Jim in the back of the cruiser that had pulled up to the scene and said, "sorry... but I couldn't help myself."

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