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GOVERNMENT AND PRAYER – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Biblical view on government, our part is
. to obey God rather than men
SCRIPTURE: Dan.6:1-15, Acts 5:29
Style: drama/conversation: King Darius
. and two satraps discuss the punishment
. for Daniel after making it unlawful to
. make petitions to anyone else but Darius
Cast: KING DARIUS, SATRAPS 1-2
Set & Props: throne
(SATRAPS 1 and 2 gather at one side of the stage.)
SATRAP 1 We have him! We finally caught Daniel
. breaking a law! I knew that would
. only happen if we made a law which
. conflicted with the law of his God.
SATRAP 2 Excellent. There is no way we can allow
. a slave, let alone a foreigner,
. to run our own country.
SATRAP 1 Let us take this to King Darius at once.
(SATRAPS 1 and 2 walk across the stage to throne,
where DARIUS enters and sits. SATRAPS 1 bows low.)
SATRAP 1 King Darius, live forever!
(SATRAP 2 bows also, then DARIUS motions for him
SATRAP 2 King Darius. We have come to you
. with a great matter of importance.
SATRAP 1 Did you not sign an injunction
. that any man who makes a petition
. to any god or man besides you, O king,
. for thirty days, is to be cast
. into the lions’ den?
(DARIUS thinks and nods.)
DARIUS The statement is true, according to
. the law of the Medes and Persians,
. which may not be revoked.
SATRAP 1 Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah,
. pays no attention to you, O king,
. or to the injunction which you signed,
. but keeps making his petition
. three times a day to his God.
SATRAP 2 This is concerning one of your appointed
. commissioners - Daniel.
DARIUS Yes. And careful, Daniel is your superior.
. Any charge you bring against him
. better be well founded.
SATRAP 1 It is.
DARIUS I find that very difficult to believe.
. Daniel is my most trusted officer.
. He has distinguished himself, so that
. I was going to appoint him commissioner
. over the entire kingdom.
SATRAP 1 Well, he is not as trustworthy as
. you would like to have us believe.
DARIUS No one has EVER been able to find a ground
. of accusation against Daniel in regard to
. any government affairs. There’s never been
. any evidence of any sort - of corruption
. or negligence - on his part. Ever!
. He has been most faithful and upstanding.
SATRAP 2 But you just acknowledged your approval
. of the injunction: that anyone
. who makes a petition to any god or man
. besides you, O king, for thirty days,
. shall be cast into the lions’ den.
DARIUS Yes, I do recall that it was your suggestion,
. and at the time, it seemed to make sense.
SATRAP 1 And as you just stated: it was done according
. to the law of the Medes and Persians.
DARIUS There must be a way around this.
SATRAP 1 It cannot be revoked.
SATRAP 2 And Daniel continues to pray to his God-
. three times a day, with windows open
. for all to see.
DARIUS Perhaps he does not know-
SATRAP 1 Oh! Daniel knew all about this law.
. In fact, I believe he continues to pray
. to his God in complete defiance to us.
DARIUS I am sure that he prays for our country.
. (upset and thinks feverously)
. There- still – there must be something.
SATRAP 1 Recognize, O king, that it is a law
. of the Medes and Persians that no injunction
. or statute which the king establishes
. may be changed.
SATRAP 2 There is nothing to be done except
. throw Daniel into the lions’ den.
DARIUS Then – sadly, it must be done.
. But I will fast all night.
. I am sure that the God whom Daniel
. constantly serves will deliver him.
. If God’s laws are greater than man’s-
(SATRAP 1 catches himself in a chuckle. DARIUS looks
sternly at them.)
DARIUS Have you so soon forgotten the story
. of Daniel’s friends who were thrown
. into the fiery furnace? This God
. chose to deliver them. This same God
. will deliver Daniel. And if this so happens,
. it will not be a laughing matter
. for you or your family.
(DARIUS exits swiftly. SATRAP 1 and 2 are not sure
if they still have the upper hand.)