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CONSEQUENCES – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        consequences to actions, forgiveness
SCRIPTURE:    2Sam.12:1-7, Ps.51:1-12, Col.3:25
Style:        allegory/game show:  the HOST of the show
.             gives the contestants different scenarios
.             where they have to choose their actions
Cast:         HOST, CONTESTANTS 1-4  (you can use all, or
.             choose which contestants you want to use,
.             or add more of your own scenarios)
Set & Props:  - podium with Bible (Bible can have script
.               in it for reference.  Each role can be
.               marked with different colors so they
.               know where they are in the script)
.             - index cards for the host (cards can have
.               script on them as a memory aid as well)


(HOST steps to the front while CONTESTANTS walk on
and stand to the side waiting for their turn.)

HOST  Welcome to the game show – “CONSEQUENCES” –
.     the show that allows you to choose the outcome
.     of different circumstances in your lives
.     by choosing your own actions.  I will be giving
.     each contestant their circumstance, and then giving
.     them the actions from which they will choose.
.     Understand – and always keep in mind –
.     that you can always pause the game – at any time -
.     and choose to consult the life-line.
.     (motions to the podium with the Bible)
.     This Bible is the life-line which can help you
.     determine which actions you should take.
.     And if you make a mistake in your choices -
.     at any time - you can ask for forgiveness,
.     and confess your sins, which will then guide you
.     to change your actions, which may help you alter
.     some or all aspects of your circumstances.
.     Do you understand all of the game rules?

(ALL CONTESTANTS nod except for CONTESTANT 4 who raises
his/her hand.)

C 4   But how do we win?
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HOST  Excellent question.  If you get through all of life
.     without ever making a mistake, you win.  If you can
.     be completely perfect, you get to go to heaven.

C 4   Ah, but that’s impossible.  I’m always
.     making mistakes.

C 3   But that’s just life.  You come across issues,
.     and then you have to deal with them
.     as best as you know how.

C 1   Exactly.  Life is just a bunch of choices
.     to get what you WANT.

C 4   But, I WANT to make the best choices possible.
.     And if there is something to win at the end
.     of it all, then I want to win.

C 2   I look at it like this:  it’s not IF you win,
.     it’s HOW you play the game.

C 4   Shouldn’t it be both?  If the only way to win
.     is to never make a mistake, then it IS
.     “how you play the game.”  So I want to know –
.     right now – if I’m allowed –

HOST  As I said, you can pause the game at any time.

C 4   Then I choose to pause right now – I want to
.     consult that life-line book over there.
.     (goes to the Bible and flips through the pages)
.     (reads)  1 Corinthians 15:57, “thanks be to God,
.     who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord
.     Jesus Christ.”  Sooo... (reads again)  “Repent,
.     and each of you be baptized in the name
.     of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
.     and you will receive the GIFT of the Holy Spirit.”
.     Acts 2:38  (looks up)  Cool!  Victory and
.     an amazing gift?  I want that right now.
.     (looks up in prayer)  I ask Jesus to forgive
.     all of my sins and be my Lord and Savior.

HOST  Congratulations.  You win.  But you still have
.     to live your life.

C 4   I understand.
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HOST  Contestant number 1, please come forward.

(As CONTEST 4 goes back into line with a smile,
CONTESTANT 1 stands beside HOST and looks excited.)

C 1   I’m ready.  I don’t need any help.  I just go
.     by what FEELS good to me.

HOST  Okay, Contestant 1 – you have a big mathematics
.     test coming up.  Your first choice is:
.     do you study or do you go out and have fun?

C 1   Ahhhh, I want to have fun!

HOST  You decide to have fun, so when you go to take
.     your test, you do not know some of the answers.
.     Your next choice is:  do you do the best you can,
.     or do you cheat and look at the student’s paper
.     next to you?

C 1   Ahhhh, I need to do well on my test, because
.     it doesn’t feel good to fail and LOOK like a loser
.     so...  I choose... to cheat.

HOST  You pass the test, and as you go through school,
.     you continue to cheat, and you continue to pass.

(CONTESTANT 1 nods his/her head with enthusiasm and
does a little victory dance.)

HOST  Now you want to go to college, so you have to write
.     your S.A.T.s (entrance exams), but you fail
.     because you have never really learned mathematics.
.     (CONTESTANT 1 stops dancing and looks concerned.)
.     You have a few choices: you can get a part-time job
.     so you can take evening courses to improve your
.     test scores so that you can try to maybe
.     get into college, or you can work as a cashier
.     at the supermarket for the rest of your life
.     and try to be content with that, or you can live
.     a miserable life on the streets –

C 1   But, I really wanted to be an architect and
.     design buildings.

HOST  For that you have to be really good at mathematics.
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(CONTESTANT 1 hangs his/her head.)

HOST  Contestant 2, please step forward.

(CONTESTANT 1 steps back, still with head hanging down,
and CONTESTANT 2 steps up beside HOST with a smile.)

C 2   I’m always good, so I don’t need any help at all.

HOST  Okay, we will see.  Contestant number 2:
.     there’s a new girl in school, but your best friend
.     makes fun of her.  Do you tell your best friend
.     not to make fun of her, or do you go along
.     with what your best friend is doing?

C 2   No brainer!  That’s my best friend, of course
.     I go along.  I can’t make my best friend mad at me.
.     THAT would be wrong.

HOST  Most of your classmates do not trust you anymore
.     and are calling you a bully.  Do you apologize
.     and try to be nice to everyone, or do you continue
.     to hang out with your best friend?

C 2   Best friends forever!  Besides, the other kids
.     shouldn’t be so sensitive and wimpy.

HOST  So you become critical of everyone around you,
.     and eventually you have a big fight with your
.     best friend.  Do you continue being critical of
.     everyone and everything, or do you try to change?

C 2   That’s ridiculous.  I haven’t done anything wrong.

(CONTESTANT 2 goes back into line with arms folded
in anger while CONTESTANT 3 steps up to HOST.)

HOST  Contestant number 3.

C 3   Nothing to worry about!  I’ve confessed all
.     my sins, so all of my sins are forgiven.
.     Even when I mess up, I’ve already won.

HOST  Okay, but you still have to live your life
.     and make choices.

C 3   It doesn’t matter.  By grace I am free.           5
.     I don’t have to worry about trying to be good.

HOST  Your parents tell you to babysit your little
.     brother after school, just for an hour, every day.
.     Do you obey, or do you go to the shopping mall
.     with your friends?

C 3   I go to the shopping mall.  My brother can
.     look after himself, and he promises he won’t tell.
.     It’s just for an hour.

HOST  When you get home, and your parents ask you
.     how it went with your brother, do you confess,
.     or do you tell them that-

C 3   I tell my parents that we had lots of fun.

HOST  So you lie, and you get into the habit of lying,
.     and not obeying authority.

C 3   Right, because it doesn’t matter.  They are just
.     little lies, anyway.  It’s okay.

(CONTESTANT 3 steps back into line with a casual air,
while CONTESTANT 4 steps up to HOST.)

HOST  Contestant number 4, you have a difficult life.
.     Your father left you when you were very little,
.     and your mother is angry at life most of the time.
.     She doesn’t hit you, but she sometimes calls
.     you names –

C 4   Pause!  I need to consult the life-line.

(CONTESTANT 4 goes to Bible and reads from it.)

C 4   Matthew 5:44  “Love your enemies and
.     pray for those who persecute you.”
.     (comes back to HOST)  I would tell my mom that
.     the things she says to me hurts me very much,
.     but I forgive her, and still love her.
.     I’d also tell her that Jesus loves her.
.     And I would be praying for her every day.

HOST  This action touches your mom a little bit,
.     but she continues to call you names.
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C 4   Pause!  (goes to the Bible)   Matthew 11:29-30
.     "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
.     for I am gentle and humble in heart,
.     For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
.     And - Galatians 6:2  “Bear one another's burdens,
.     and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”
.     (returns to HOST)  I would definitely keep
.     trusting and leaning on Jesus.  As well,
.     I would stay involved in the church where
.     I would also have a spiritual family to help me.

HOST  Your mom tells you that there is no food
.     in the house until she gets her next paycheck.
.     She tells you to steal food from the grocery store.

C 4   Pause.  (goes to Bible)  I’m just going to stay
.     right here if that’s okay!  (reads)  Ephesians 6:1
.     “Children, obey your parents IN THE LORD, for this
.     is right.”  Exodus 20:15  "You shall not steal.”
.     (looks to HOST)  I tell her that I will obey her
.     unless it goes against what God says, and God says
.     that stealing is wrong.  I then go to the church
.     for help.  They put together a food hamper for us.

HOST  One day you get very angry and blow up at your mom,
.     and you call your mom a name.

C 4   (reads)  James 5:16  “Therefore, confess your sins
.     to one another, and pray for one another so that
.     you may be healed.   The effective prayer of
.     a righteous man can accomplish much.”
.     (looks to HOST)  I apologize to my mom,
.     and I continue to pray for her and show her love.

HOST  Your steadfast love and actions are a great witness
.     to your mom.  She eventually goes to church
.     with you and becomes a believer.

C 4   Yes!  Awesome!  I’m so happy.

C 2   WHY?  You had a terrible life.

C 4   My mom becomes a believer!

(CONTESTANT 4 jumps for joy over to the other side.)
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HOST  Contestant number 3:  one day, while you are
.     at the shopping mall, and your little brother
.     is alone at home, he tries to make himself
.     something to eat and burns himself very badly –
.     Your parents get home and find him there – alone –
.     and he has to be rushed to the hospital.

C 3   Nooo!  What have I done?  I – I should have
.     been there.  What do I do?  Oh!  I should pause!
.     (rushes to the Bible)  Romans 6:1-2  “What shall
.     we say then?  Are we to continue in sin so that
.     grace may increase?  May it never be!  How shall we
.     who died to sin still live in it?”  Oh!  And this
.     verse here – how come I never looked at this verse?
.     Romans 12:1-2  “Therefore I urge you, brethren,
.     by the mercies of God, to present your bodies
.     a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God,
.     which is your spiritual service of worship.
.     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.”
.     (looks up)  Oops.  I’ve got a lot of work to do.
.     Wait – I mean, pause.  (reads)  Philippians 4:13
.     “I can do all things through Him who strengthens
.     me.”  (looks at HOST)  I see that I need to lean
.     on God for everything.  I have a lot to learn,
.     so I decide to walk closely with God.  Doing the
.     things that please God – gives ME and the people
.     around me a much better life.  And now I have to
.     apologize to my brother and my parents!

(CONTESTANT 3 runs off stage.  CONESTANT 2 rushes over
to the Bible.)

C 2   I want to pause and take a look.  (reading)
.     Proverbs 20:19  “He who goes about as a slanderer
.     reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with
.     a gossip.”  1 Corinthians 13:4  “Love is patient –
.     kind - not jealous – doesn’t brag - and is not
.     arrogant!”  Philippians 2:3  “Do nothing from
.     selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility
.     of mind regard one another as more important than
.     yourselves.”  Matthew 7:12  "In everything,
.     therefore, treat people the same way you want them
.     to treat you.”  
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(CONTESTANT 1 rushes to join CONTESTANT 2.)

C 1   Let me see that too.  (reads)  Colossians 3:25
.     “For he who does wrong will receive the
.     consequences of the wrong which he has done”...
.     Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death,
.     but the free gift of God is eternal life
.     in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
.     (looking at CONTESTANT 2)  Why wouldn’t we
.     want that?  I mean, I want to be an architect,
.     but even more than THAT - I want to have this
.     free gift of eternal life!

C 2   Me, too.

(CONTESTANTS 1 & 2 rush off stage.)

HOST  (to congregation)  So – there are eternal and
.     daily consequences to our actions and choices.
.     Which actions will you choose?