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AVOIDING EVIL – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: spiritual warfare
SCRIPTURE: Dt.18:9-14; Mt.18:6; Rom.12:2, 9, 13:12;
. 1Cor.6:18-20, 10:20-21, 31; Gal.4:8-10;
. Eph.5:11-12, 6:11-18; Phil.1:27;
. 1 Thess.5:21-22; 1 Tim.4:1;
. James1:27; 3 John 1:11
Style: vignettes & recital/conversation:
. kids introduce different issues,
. which are each followed by a verse
. NOTE: you can choose which issues to cover,
. and in which order to have them in
Cast: TEEN 1-2 (or more), READER 1 (or more)
. NOTE: you can have different actors & readers or
. alternate groups of actors for every issue
Set & Props: Bible, armband
TEEN 1 Hey, are you going to Melissa’s event?
. I hear they’re planning a scavenger hunt
. unlike any other! You know - NOT for babies.
TEEN 2 No way. I’ve heard a bit about what they’re
. going to do, and - I’m really not interested.
TEEN 1 Really? It’s going to be off the hook.
TEEN 2 I thought you had to babysit your
. little brother.
TEEN 1 Oh, I’m taking him with me. He’s all into it,
. and promised to keep his mouth shut.
TEEN 2 Why do YOU even want to go?
TEEN 1 I’m not going planning on doing any
. of the illegal stuff. And I’ll make sure
. that my brother doesn’t leave my side - ever.
TEEN 2 How can you guarantee that? Are you
. going to handcuff yourselves together?
TEEN 1 Funny!
TEEN 2 Scary! You’ll be exposing your brother
. to stuff that he might not be able to handle
. or understand. And he might think because
. you’re going, that it means you don’t think
. anything is wrong with what’s happening
. all around you.
TEEN 1 It’ll be - educational.
TEEN 2 It’ll be dangerous. Everything is not
. under your control, and if anything DOES happen-
. you’re responsible for him.
READER Matthew 18:6 “but whoever causes one of these
. little ones who believe in Me to stumble,
. it would be better for him to have
. a heavy millstone hung around his neck,
. and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
TEEN 1 I’ve been invited to a Halloween party.
. Did - you want to go with me?
TEEN 2 Ahhh, I personally don’t celebrate Halloween.
. I’m not going to judge you if you’re into-
. getting dressed up and getting candy, but-
TEEN 1 So you would NEVER go to a Halloween party?
TEEN 2 That depends, what sort of party is it?
. Like – what are they all planning to do?
TEEN 1 Well-
TEEN 2 You actually don’t seem too thrilled about it.
TEEN 1 I’m – kind of uncomfortable, ‘cause I’ve heard
. that they’re going to play with Ouija boards,
. and do horoscopes and have a séance-
TEEN 2 Ew! No, thank you! I don’t think they really
. know what they are actually dealing with.
. I would NEVER mess around with that stuff.
TEEN 1 That’s what I was kind of thinking.
READER Deuteronomy 18:9-13 “When you enter the land
. which the Lord your God gives you,
. you shall not learn to imitate
. the detestable things of those nations.
. There shall not be found among you anyone
. who makes his son or his daughter pass through
. the fire, one who uses divination,
. one who practices witchcraft,
. or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
. or one who casts a spell, or a medium,
. or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
. For whoever does these things is detestable
. to the Lord; and because of these
. detestable things - the Lord your God
. will drive them out before you. You shall
. be blameless before the Lord your God.”
TEEN 1 We’re watching a horror movie tonight.
. Want to join us?
TEEN 2 Horror? Or do you mean suspense?
TEEN 1 Ah, well, it’s about a haunted house-
TEEN 2 Say no more. Not interested.
TEEN 1 Are you SCARED?
TEEN 2 Yeah! Don’t you realize? Demons actually exit.
. I know someone who was messing around
. in the occult for a while
TEEN 1 Yeah? Cool! What do they say about it?
TEEN 2 NOT cool. They say – stay away from it!
READER Ephesians 5:11-12 “Do not participate
. in the unfruitful deeds of darkness,
. but instead even expose them;
. for it is disgraceful even to speak of
. the things which are done by them in secret.”
(SCENE 4.) 4
TEEN 1 Hey, haven’t seen you in church in a while.
TEEN 2 I’ve been going to a different sort of church
. with a friend.
TEEN 1 Different sort of church? What are you
. talking about?
TEEN 2 I just thought I’d try out something new.
. It’s that - temple-thing down the road.
TEEN 1 What? What are you thinking?
TEEN 2 Well, their beliefs are KIND of the same.
TEEN 1 Ah, actually, they’re not. They do not
. believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
TEEN 2 Well, they don’t exactly teach on that.
TEEN 1 Exactly! When one looks around for a church,
. you have to ask them for their doctrinal
. statements, which means – all the truths
. that they believe in. If they are really
. Christian, they would believe that the Bible
. is the infallible word of God; that Jesus
. is the Son of God; and that only through
. Jesus you can get to heaven. Some churches
. insist that it is by works, or partially
. by works. And if they have changed the Bible
. in any way – they’re not Christian.
TEEN 2 Good to know.
TEEN 1 So, hopefully you’ll be back at our church
. on Sunday.
READER 1 Corinthians 10:20-21 “No, but I say
. that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice,
. they sacrifice to demons and not to God;
. and I do not want you to become
. sharers in demons. You cannot drink
. the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons;
. you cannot partake of the table of the Lord
. and the table of demons.”
TEEN 1 Hey, where you going?
TEEN 2 I’m doing yoga.
TEEN 1 The yoga that is only stretching and stuff?
TEEN 2 I don’t know. This is my first time. Why?
TEEN 1 If it’s just the sport of it, it’s okay.
. But just like judo, and some other martial arts,
. some yoga instructors make it about
. the religion.
TEEN 2 It’s a religion?
TEEN 1 Yeah, you’ll know if they start encouraging
. you to meditate on certain words-
. stuff like that.
TEEN 2 Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll make sure to ask.
READER 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 “But examine everything
. carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
. abstain from every form of evil.”
TEEN 1 (wearing armband) What’s up?
TEEN 2 What’s up with you? What are you wearing?
TEEN 1 Don’t know what you’re talking about.
TEEN 2 Really? Come on. You’re wearing-
. that armband.
TEEN 1 Oh yeah, it’s cool, isn’t it?
TEEN 2 Not really. It’s the symbol of the local gang.
. Do you want people to think you are part
. of that gang?
TEEN 1 At least I’ll be feared and respected.
TEEN 2 Or the police will pull you over 6
. and check you out. And all the good people
. will avoid you. And the gang people will
. want to talk with you-
TEEN 1 All right. (takes off armband) Happy now?
TEEN 2 Much! Why would you even want to appear
. to be like one of them? You do you know
. what they’re all known for? It’s not good.
. And I know you’re not about that.
READER 3 John 1:11 “Beloved, do not imitate
. what is evil, but what is good.
. The one who does good is of God;
. the one who does evil has not seen God.”
TEEN 1 Are you following me?
TEEN 2 No. Why’re you so jumpy?
TEEN 1 No reason.
TEEN 2 And why are you hanging out with that crowd?
. I heard they got caught shoplifting.
TEEN 1 I’m- not- doing any of that.
TEEN 2 Are you sure? Because I know the pressure
. they can put on people to do what they want.
READER Romans 13:12 “The night is almost gone,
. and the day is near. Therefore
. let us lay aside the deeds of darkness
. and put on the armor of light.”
TEEN 1 Hey! I saw you cheating on the test today.
TEEN 2 Aw, come on, it’s not such a big deal.
TEEN 1 It is. You could fail that course,
. or be kicked out of school.
TEEN 2 Only if I get caught. 7
TEEN 1 But it’s wrong.
TEEN 2 Look, I could actually learn that stuff, if I
. really wanted to, but I just don’t have time.
. So, I’m only cutting a few corners.
TEEN 1 I know you know better than that.
. You’re cheating yourself. It’s like
. you’re stealing an education from yourself.
TEEN 2 See? So it’s not like I’m hurting anyone.
TEEN 1 Unless a teacher grades on a bell-curve!
TEEN 2 Are you trying to make me feel guiltier
. than I already do?
READER 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether, then,
. you eat or drink or WHATEVER you do,
. do all to the glory of God.”
TEEN 1 Want to do something on Friday night?
TEEN 2 I’m going to a dance. And don’t judge me!
TEEN 1 Okay. So what kind of dance?
TEEN 2 Dancing’s not wrong!
TEEN 1 I know. David danced unto the Lord!
. Are you going to be dancing unto the Lord?
. Square-dancing? Polka? Any other innocent
. type-dancing? Ballet?
TEEN 2 Regular dancing is not that bad.
TEEN 1 So this kind of dancing is something
. that you could do in front of your parents?
. Or God? Because you know God will be there!
TEEN 2 Aw! Forget it. Okay. Well?
. What did YOU want to do this Friday?
READER James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion 8
. in the sight of our God and Father is this:
. to visit orphans and widows in their distress,
. and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
TEEN 1 Hey, I want to show you this website-
TEEN 2 (wary) What is it?
TEEN 1 It’s– ah- you know-
TEEN 2 Forget it!
TEEN 1 What? Are you a priest/nun?
TEEN 2 What you put in your mind now, especially
. stuff like THAT, it will be with you forever.
. And it will take away from whatever
. you share with your future wife/husband.
TEEN 1 So, you’re a sissy.
TEEN 2 No, I’m just trying to stay faithful
. to my future wife/husband. That stuff
. is fake anyway, as well as addictive.
. It will really mess you up, you know.
READER 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 “Flee immorality.
. Every other sin that a man commits
. is outside the body, but the immoral man
. sins against his own body. Or do you not know
. that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
. who is in you, whom you have from God,
. and that you are not your own?
. For you have been bought with a price:
. therefore glorify God in your body.”
TEEN 1 Did I just see you smoking?
. I thought you quit?
TEEN 2 I did.
TEEN 1 Well, why did you start up again?
TEEN 2 I just, kind of missed it.
TEEN 1 Which part? The stink? The waste of money?
. The higher risk of getting lung cancer?
TEEN 2 Very funny.
TEEN 1 Except that it isn’t. Do you forget
. how hard it was to quit?
TEEN 2 Look, show me in the Bible how smoking
. is wrong?
TEEN 1 There’s nothing GOOD about smoking.
. It damages the body. And we are supposed to
. be good stewards of what God has given to us,
. which includes taking good care of our bodies.
READER Galatians 4:8-9 “However at that time,
. when you did not know God, you were slaves
. to those which by nature are no gods.
. But now that you have come to know God,
. or rather to be known by God, how is it
. that you turn back again to the weak
. and worthless elemental things, to which
. you desire to be enslaved all over again?”
TEEN 1 Hey, haven’t seen you around in a long time.
TEEN 2 (holding arm) Oh, yeah, I’ve been busy.
TEEN 1 Doing what?
TEEN 2 Trying to beat my score.
TEEN 1 Are you addicted to Video Games?
TEEN 2 I’m not doing anything wrong.
TEEN 1 Nothing wrong with having a bit of fun -
. but - check out your crippled hand, there.
TEEN 2 It – will – get better. This is just
. until I get the highest score.
TEEN 1 Sure, and then someone else will
. beat your score- and it will never end.
. Life in moderation, you know?
. So, let me ask, besides things like
. sloughing off school assignments,
. or doing chores, how’s your prayer life?
. And are you spending any time in devotions?
TEEN 2 Nothing in the game is evil.
TEEN 1 But after all your time spent –
. living in the game - all you’ll know how to do-
. is make a video-dude jump over things.
READER Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed
. to this world, but be transformed
. by the renewing of your mind, so that you
. may prove what the will of God is, that
. which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
TEEN 1 I can get the car and we can hit the beach
. on Saturday.
TEEN 2 Your parents will let you?
TEEN 1 No, not for that, but I’ll just tell them
. I’m going to the library to study.
TEEN 2 How is lying to your parents a good idea?
TEEN 1 It’s only a little white lie.
TEEN 2 A lie - is a lie. And, if they find out,
. it will be a long time before they can
. ever trust you again.
TEEN 1 So, they just better not find out.
TEEN 2 I’ve seen this sort of thing happen,
. where one little lie keeps growing and growing,
. with more and more lies... until you can’t
. even keep track of them all, and in the end –
. they will somehow find out anyway.
READER Philippians 1:27 “Only conduct yourselves 11
. in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,
. so that whether I come and see you
. or remain absent, I will hear of you
. that you are standing firm in one spirit,
. with one mind striving together
. for the faith of the gospel”
TEEN 1 Did I just hear you swear?
TEEN 2 What, back there?
TEEN 1 Yeah! I heard you. You even took
. God’s name in vain.
TEEN 2 It’s not like I talk that way in church.
TEEN 1 So you’re a hypocrite?
TEEN 2 Look, God’s grace covers all our sins. Right?
. I’m a Christian, and I’m going to heaven.
. Nothing I do will change that.
TEEN 1 But there ARE consequences here on earth.
TEEN 2 What could possibly be the consequences
. for bad language?
TEEN 1 For starts, you’re seen as a hypocrite.
TEEN 2 How is that hypocritical?
TEEN 1 You end your prayers by saying, “In Your
. Holy and precious name...” So I’m now curious,
. do you really respect God’s name? Is it really
. precious to you? Or are you being hypocritical?
READER Romans 12:9 “Let love be without hypocrisy.
. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.”
TEEN 1 Wait up, you have to hear this!
TEEN 2 Is it gossip?
TEEN 1 No, it’s just- something that- happened-
. to someone. And, we SHOULD be concerned
. about people - then we can pray about it.
TEEN 2 So it’s gossiping!
TEEN 1 What is your problem?
TEEN 2 Would you want someone saying these things
. about you?
TEEN 1 Nooo. But it wouldn’t be true about me.
TEEN 2 What if this gossip you just heard is not true?
. THEN you’d be slandering them. And that-
. is not only wrong, but it’s actually illegal.
TEEN 1 Chill out.
TEEN 2 Look, I’ve had some really mean things said
. about me. I know how much it can hurt. And
. I’ve heard about gossip that has ruined lives.
. Gossip is one of those things that can seem
. so innocent – but it really is evil
. and destructive.
TEEN 1 How is this so evil?
TEEN 2 Anything that goes against what God has
. commanded us - is giving in to evil.
. It’s very clear in the Bible –
. we are NOT supposed to gossip.
READER Ephesians 6:11-18 “Put on the full armor of God,
. so that you will be able to stand firm
. against the schemes of the devil.
. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
. but against the rulers, against the powers,
. against the world forces of this darkness,
. against the spiritual forces of wickedness
. in the heavenly places. Therefore,
. take up the full armor of God, so that you
. will be able to resist in the evil day,
. and having done everything, to stand firm:”
. with truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace;
. faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer.
TEEN 1 YOU listen to screamo?
TEEN 2 It’s actually Christian screamo.
TEEN 1 How can anything like that be Christian?
TEEN 2 Because the words glorify God.
TEEN 1 If you can HEAR the words. All I hear
. is someone trying to copy the world.
TEEN 2 Well, you don’t have to like it.
. And you can choose not to listen to it,
. but don’t judge me if I do.
TEEN 1 We are supposed to exhort one another.
TEEN 2 Only if one has actually committed a sin.
. Can you show me a Bible verse that says I have?
TEEN 1 Just the one about “appearing like the world.”
TEEN 2 That verse is actually talking about
. not being selfish like the world.
. As Christians, we are supposed to show
. God’s love to the world, which will
. shine out into the darkness and
. prove that we are not part of it.
TEEN 1 But- then- I’m confused. Shouldn’t we
. have set-standards?
TEEN 2 Look, there are God’s basic standards-
. which are for all people. And sometimes
. it’s good to set extra personal standards
. for ourselves. But we cannot expect others
. to live according to our personal standards.
. That is what the Pharisees tried to do,
. but THAT did not impress Jesus at all.
. In fact, Jesus even called the Pharisees
. “EVIL vipers.” It’s very interesting
. that amongst the things considered EVIL,
. is - complaining, self-righteousness
. and a critical spirit.
READER 1 Timothy 4:1-5 “But the Spirit explicitly says
. that in later times some will fall away
. from the faith, paying attention to
. deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
. by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared
. in their own conscience as with a branding iron,
. men who forbid marriage and advocate
. abstaining from foods which God has created
. to be gratefully shared in by those who believe
. and know the truth. For everything created
. by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected
. if it is received with gratitude;
. for it is sanctified by means
. of the word of God and prayer.”