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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
C 4 But how do we win?
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.
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.
(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.
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,
. and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
. 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.)
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.”
(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?