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JUDGMENT - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: God’s judgment of the nations and sinners
SCRIPTURE: Joel, Zephaniah
Style: allegory/conversation: person sifts through
. seeds and destroys the ones that are weeds
Cast: PERSON 1 & 2
Set & Props: table, tray of seeds, garbage can
(PERSON 1 enters with a tray of seeds and places it
onto the table. PERSON 2 enters and sees PERSON 1
sorting through the seeds.)
P 2 Hi, what-you up to?
P 1 Getting ready to plant my award-winning garden.
P 2 So, what are you exactly doing right now?
P 1 I’m sifting through all of these seeds and
. picking out the ones that are weeds.
P 2 You can tell the difference?
P 1 Oh yeah.
P 2 How?
P 1 From years of experience.
P 2 But - they look so similar.
P 1 No, there are some very obvious differences. See.
(PERSON 1 holds one up for PERSON 2 to look at,
then throws some of the seeds into the garbage can.)
P 2 (gasping) You’re just going to throw those away?
P 1 WHY would I want to keep them?
P 2 But – you’re just throwing them away, without
. giving them a chance.
(PERSON 1 looks at PERSON 2 with a confused expression.)
P 1 They had their chance. They are weeds – 2
. which develop seeds - which are bad.
. These came from weeds.
P 2 But – maybe you’re wrong.
P 1 I’m not wrong. These seeds are from weeds.
. If I planted them in my garden, they would STILL
. be weeds. THAT - would not change.
P 2 But what would be so wrong if you just let
. a few weeds be planted? I’m sure there are some
. weeds that are not as bad as others.
P 1 They are ALL bad. Obviously you’ve never spent
. any time at all weeding a garden. Do you not know
. anything about weeds? They are very selfish
. plants. They are ugly, spread quickly, and
. choke out all the good plants.
P 2 That’s just so harsh.
P 1 It IS harsh.
P 2 I mean, that’s so harsh to speak that way about
. the weeds.
P 1 Look, weeds are bad. They don’t deserve to live.
P 2 (gasping) How can you say that?
P 1 Because I love all the plants that I do put
. into my garden. There’s beauty and harmony,
. and lots of color. I want each and every one
. of THEM to survive – as well as thrive!
. I don’t have an award-winning garden for nothing.
(PERSON 2 looks sadly at the seeds in the garbage can.)
P 2 I just pity all the weeds, that’s all.
P 1 Oookay, but – WOW! These are just seeds.
. Think – if these were - people? Like this,
. God will sift through the nations and the people
. to judge for all eternity. Seeds don’t have
. any choice in what they will be – but people do.