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GOVERNMENT AND CORRUPTION – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Biblical view on government, our part is
. to obey laws unless it conflicts
. with what God says
SCRIPTURE: Ex.20:3-6, Dan.1:1-3:30, Rom.13:1-7
Style: drama/conversation: Nebuchadnezzar
. questions Shadrach, Mechach and Abed-nego
. about their decision not to bow down
. to the golden image that he had made
Cast: SHADRACH, MECHACH, ABED-NEGO,
Set & Props: chair/throne
(SHADRACH, MECHACH and ABED-NEGO enter and approach
NEBUCHADNEZZAR who sits on his throne.)
NEB You do not have even one singe mark
. on yourself or your clothing. You –
. (sniffs) You do not even smell of smoke.
. I made the furnace seven times hotter
. than usual. All of my strongest warriors
. who threw you into the furnace – were burned up.
. Then, knowing that I threw in three men-
. I suddenly see four men inside the furnace.
. Although, the other man was more than just a man?
. He looked to be like - a son of the gods!
. How is it that only the ropes used to tie you up
. burned away, and nothing else burned?
SHAD As you said when you called us out of the furnace,
. we are servants of the Most High God.
NEB Are you not my servants? Do you not serve me?
MESH You are a king who has been placed on the throne
. by the Most High God. We respect your authority.
NEB But I made a golden image 90 feet high and
. 9 feet wide and set it on the plain of Dura.
. At the sound of any music, you were to fall down
. and worship the image. And even with the threat
. of death, you disobeyed my command.
MESH And we do obey all your laws and requests – 2
. as long as they do not conflict with what
. the Most High God says. God will honor this.
ABED Our God commands us – “You shall have
. no other gods before Me. You shall not make
. for yourself an idol, or any likeness
. of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath
. or in the water under the earth.
. You shall not worship them or serve them;
. for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
. visiting the iniquity on... those who hate Me,
. but showing lovingkindness to thousands,
. to THOSE who love Me and keep My commandments.”
NEB You KNEW that the Most High God would save you?
SHAD As we told you before you had us thrown into
. the furnace – we knew God is able to save us,
. but we did not know what the Most High God
. would choose to do.
NEB So why would you risk your life?
MESH You are only a man, who is only able
. to kill our bodies – if God so allows.
. It is God who is able to save souls.
ABED If we had died in the fire, our souls would now
. be in heaven with our Lord God for all eternity.
. But as God decided, He saved our physical bodies
. so that you may see God’s power.
NEB Where does that leave me as the king of this land?
SHAD The Most High God has placed you in this position.
. The Most High God asks that we respect and obey
. your laws and decrees – but only if they
. do not conflict with His laws.
NEB But I should worship YOUR Most High God?
SHAD The Most High God belongs to no one.
. Those who choose - belong to Him.
(NEBUCHADNEZZAR thinks for a second, then nods.)
NEB Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach 3
. and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel
. and delivered His servants who put their trust
. in Him, violating the king’s command,
. and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve
. or worship any god except their own God.
. Therefore I make a decree that any people,
. nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive
. against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego
. shall be torn limb from limb and
. their houses reduced to a rubbish heap,
. inasmuch as there is no other god
. who is able to deliver in this way.
(SHADRACH, MISH and ABED respectfully nod their heads
ABED May God bless you, King Nebuchadnezzar,
. as you follow God’s will.
NEB By my word, I will see to it that you,
. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego,
. will prosper in the province of Babylon.