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CHOOSING BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: choosing between good & evil
SCRIPTURE: Gen.2:8-17; Lk.16:13
Style: allegory, the barter tempts people to
. make alternative decisions in different scenarios
Cast: BARTER; BUSINESSMAN; LADY; TEENAGER
Set & Props: table, white cup, black cup,
. little cards w/choices written out
(BARTER stands at a table with a white and a black cup
in front of him/her. He addresses the BUSINESSMAN
as he approaches.)
BARTER Step right up-step right up, sir.
. Make your decision... You have
. an opportunity for a promotion at work.
. (points to white cup)
. Do you work hard and just HOPE you get it?
. (points to black cup)
. Or do you lie and take credit for
. other people’s work to get ahead?
(BUSINESSMAN hums and haws, while a LADY walks by.)
BARTER Tempting, isn’t it? You think about
. that for a minute – about how much
you want that promotion.
(to LADY) Excuse me Ma’am, step right up.
. You have a decision to make...
. Your best friend, Teresa, tells you
. something in confidence. After a while,
. Rosie comes to you with a personal problem.
. It would really help her to know
. that there are other people
. with this same problem.
. (points to white cup)
. Do you keep quiet and just listen?
. (points to black cup) Or do you tell Rosie
. TERESA'S secret – to, you know, help her?
(A TEENAGER approaches and watches. LADY reaches for
white cup but accidentally knocks over black cup, gasping.)
BARTER So, you share Teresa’s secret.
LADY I didn’t mean to - it was an accident –
. it-it just slipped out –
BARTER (picks up card underneath cup & reads)
. Well, Rosie and Teresa talk, and Teresa is hurt.
. No one can trust you anymore.
LADY Do you I have another choice?
BARTER Of course. (points to white cup)
. Do you apologize and risk rejection
. for a second time? (points to black cup)
. Or do you lie and gossip about Rosie –
. about how she is such a busybody
. and likes to eavesdrop, so at least
. you can keep TERESA as your best friend?
LADY (immediately points to white cup)
. I can't. I already feel so guilty,
. I just can’t live with myself anymore.
BARTER (turns over white cup, reads card)
. "Your friends forgive you and you build
. their trust again with deeper friendships."
(LADY sighs in relief and walks away with a smile.
BARTER looks at BUSINESSMAN who still paces the floor,
then looks up in prayer.)
BARTER Not sure yet? - Take your time – But just
. think about all that money and power.
. (to TEEN) Step up and make your decision...
. You want your friends to think you’re cool,
. but when they ask you to shoplift –
. (points to white cup) Do you tell them
. shoplifting is NOT cool and end up having
. to make new friends? (points to black cup)
. Or do you go ahead and steal the makeup?
(TEENAGER reaches for the white cup but
accidentally-on-purpose knocks over the black cup.)
TEENAGER OOOPS!!! I didn’t just do that!
BARTER (knowingly picks up the card to read) 3
. You did! But "you get away with it
. with no consequences – but you feel
. a little guilty."
TEENAGER (flippantly) Oh - okay.
BARTER There's another choice. Do you return
. the makeup, and then have to make new friends?
. (points to black up) Or do you keep going?
TEENAGER (pointing defensively to black cup)
. It’s NOT EASY making new friends!
BARTER (turns over black cup & reads)
. "You tell yourself the guilt you're feeling
. is just a rush, so you continue to shoplift
. for the thrill of it. Eventually you
. get caught stealing an Ipod-"
TEENAGER (tapping black cup angrily) I didn’t do it!
. Someone slipped it into my bag!
BARTER (reading) "As it is your first known offense,
. you get off with just a warning. But you
. continue to steal and eventually you must
. go to prison."
TEENAGER As in jail?
BARTER You made the choice.
TEENAGER But – can’t I choose –
BARTER WHAT - choose your consequences?
. You can only choose your actions.
(TEENAGER walks away with head hanging down.
BARTER looks at the BUSINESSMAN.)
BUSNSSMAN I am ready with a decision! I’d be a fool
. if I didn’t make THIS one.
(BUSINESSMAN picks up the white cup.)
BARTER (reads note) "You are overlooked for
. that promotion - you do NOT get the raise-"
BUSNSSMAN Well, at least I don’t have the stress
. of guilt – or jail!
BARTER " - but - your hard work does not go
. unnoticed and you get an even better promotion
. in the near future."
BUSNSSMAN (looking up) Thank you for Your guidance!
BARTER Hey, You make the decisions, I only provide
. the– alternatives. (tapping black cup)
BUSNSSMAN Oh, I wasn’t thanking you.