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FREE INDEED – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: forgiveness, grace, freedom from bondage
SCRIPTURE: Ps.116:16, Is.61:1, Rom.6:1-23, 7:13-25,
. Eph.4:30-32, Heb.12:1-17
Style: allegory/conversation: people still keep
. themselves in bondage by their sins,
. hatred and bitterness, even though they
. have been forgiven and set free
Cast: warden, prisoners 1-3
Set & Props: can have bench or sit on the floor
. for either option
. option 1 – bars either behind or in front,
. and if you use an entire prison cage,
. the door should be open
. option 2 – chains or ropes (easiest to do)
NOTE: for dialogue that refers to the bondage,
. if they refer to the specific options,
. I will give both alternatives.
. It is up to you how you want to visually
. illustrate and depict the bondage.
(PRISONERS 1-3 are in a cell or have chains/ropes wrapped
around them – BUT cell door [prop or pretend] is open;
OR the chains/ropes are held in place – as if they are
like a security blanket - make it obvious that these
are unlocked and not completely around their bodies.
PRISONER 1 paces angrily as much as cell or chains allow.
PRISONERs 2-3 sit in various ways to express anger.
WARDEN enters from the other side and walks by.
WARDEN notices PRISONERS 1-3 and stops, bewildered.)
WARDEN What are you all doing here?
P 1 What you mean?
WARDEN You were all set free last week.
. All three of you. Why - are you back?
P 2 You’re just seeing things!
WARDEN I can see pretty clearly – that you are all
. right here – in bondage again.
P 3 Don’t know what you’re talking about.
WARDEN Your time has been paid for – you are free –
. free to go – why aren’t you living in
. that freedom?
P 2 Look, I feel safer here, okay?
P 3 I am only taking control of my life.
WARDEN Are you really?
P 1 Hey - out there – someone is only
. going to stomp all over me.
WARDEN Someone could STILL stomp all over you.
P 1 Right, so I’ve decided not to trust anyone.
. And if anyone dares to get too close,
. I’m going to stomp on them – BEFORE -
. they have a chance to stomp on me.
WARDEN With that attitude – you can depend on it!
P 1 So you’re saying that I’m asking for it?
WARDEN Yes, sometimes we do things that are wrong,
. and there are consequences. But there is help -
. you can turn this attitude around.
P 1 I prefer my way. I do whatever I want.
WARDEN Your way is wrong – and you’ll continue to live
. in this personal bondage.
P 1 I’m not living in bondage!
WARDEN But you are. By choosing the wrong behavior
. and not wanting to change, is choosing
. a personal, self-proclaimed bondage.
P 1 So YOU say.
P 2 (to Warden) You just don’t understand
. what it’s like out there. There ARE people
. who hate me and take advantage of me.
WARDEN I understand - at least to some degree.
P 2 I don’t think you do.
WARDEN These kind of things will happen to most people.
P 2 I think there are some people who suffer more.
WARDEN It’s very difficult to compare personal
. experiences. But I DO understand, there IS
. injustice in the world. Not everything is fair.
. But one day – everything will be sorted out.
. Meanwhile, are you going to let that define you?
P 2 I am – what I am – and THAT can never change.
. And just because of THAT – I am going to suffer.
WARDEN But why are you allowing yourself to suffer
. more than necessary?
P 2 I’m not doing that! I’m just protecting myself.
WARDEN By not forgiving?
P 2 Exactly! And I’m never going to forgive any
. of THOSE who have hurt me. Ever!
WARDEN By not forgiving THOSE people – you are
. only hurting yourself. You have put yourself
. back into bondage because of exactly that.
. Your hatred is only leading to bitterness.
P 2 I enjoy my bitterness.
WARDEN So you enjoy being a slave to your bitterness?
P 2 DON’T ever call me a slave!
WARDEN But you are. Can’t you see?
P 2 THEY - do not deserve forgiveness.
WARDEN Maybe not, but refusing to forgive them does not
. hurt them at all. It only hurts you. You can’t
. even look them in the face. You live in bondage
. of your own hatred, bitterness and fear.
P 2 They think they’re better than me!
WARDEN So you are going to prove that?
P 2 What?!
WARDEN You are giving THEM the power over your life.
P 2 I have my own power.
WARDEN Only to keep yourself in this bondage.
P 2 You don’t know who to trust out there.
WARDEN And you trust everyone in here? Problems come
. from people of - all colors, cultures,
. shapes and sizes, family, friends and strangers-
P 3 You’re really starting to annoy me.
. Why don’t you just get out of here!
. Leave us alone! We found our freedom,
. but now YOU come along, trying to control us –
. trying to take our power of choice away from us?
WARDEN What takes more strength, for me to say
. that I hate you? Or is THAT what you WANT?
P 3 Whatever.
WARDEN Because then you’d feel justified in hating back?
P 3 Whatever.
WARDEN But don’t I show a stronger power if tell you
. that I choose to LOVE you – no matter WHAT
. you say or do to me?
(PRISONERS 1-3 all stop to look at WARDEN.)
P 3 (finally) That’s just nuts.
WARDEN Is it? I love all of you – no matter what.
. If you hurt me – or stomp all over me –
. I will choose to forgive you, and then I will
. have the freedom to move on with my life,
. free from hatred, bitterness and living in fear.
P 2 It’s hopeless. THEY all keep me down.
WARDEN You’re keeping yourself down. Don’t you know
. that it is typical human, sinful nature
. that tells people to pick on the weaker ones?
. But you all have a higher calling than that.
. We are not called to be weak and helpless.
. We are to HELP those who are weak and helpless.
. We have access to a higher strength – which is
. all-powerful, and a strength that is – love.
. Selfless love! We ARE to hate the
. wrongful things done – but we are to LOVE
. the wrong-doers.
P 2 They don’t deserve to be forgiven.
WARDEN When you forgive those people, you are
. not saying that their wrong-doing is okay –
. you are just saying that you are not going
. to let their wrong-doings hold you
. in bondage. Can you not see that? Does your
. misery and bondage give you so much comfort?
. The One who released you from this prison,
. and paid the price for you to be free –
. can you now not trust Him to help you
. live a life of true freedom?
. (option 1 line) You are keeping yourselves
. in this prison – even though the door
. is wide open for you. And you can leave -
. any time you choose.
. (option 2 line) You are holding the chains
. of bondage around you – even though the
. chains have been broken. You can release
. yourselves - any time you choose.
(WARDEN exits. PRISONER 1 decides to look with amazement
that the door really is open, or that the chains/ropes
are really not bound and locked. PRISONER 1 then
becomes determined to do the right thing and walks out
of the prison door, OR drops their arms so that the
chains/ropes just fall down. PRISONER 1 pauses to think.)
P 1 I AM free - and now - I’m going to try
. to truly LIVE - a life of freedom.
. I need to TURN AWAY from all my wrong
. attitudes and addictive behaviors.
(PRISONER 1 exits. PRISONER 2-3 hug themselves even
tighter, thinking. Finally PRISONER 2 releases self.)
P 2 I am not going to be a victim anymore.
. I need to release myself from my anger,
. my hatred, bitterness and fear. I need –
. to forgive those who have wronged and hurt me.
(PRISONER 2 exits. PRISONER 3 sighs, then finally
P 3 I need to release myself – from... myself –
. and give my control to the One – who is
. all-powerful. To the One - who set me free
. in the first place.
(PRISONER 3 exits.)