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LOVE’S GONG SHOW - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: love, doing things with the right motive
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Style: satire/spoof of the Gong Show:
. where people give reasons for
. their actions. When gonged by the judge,
. they give the correct motive.
Cast: JUDGE, up to 15 people
Set & Props: nametag saying “JUDGE”, GONG or CYMBAL,
. something to hit the gong
(JUDGE stands beside the gong, wearing “JUDGE” nametag.)
J Love is a choice. Love is an action.
(PERSON 1 and PERSON 2 go stand near the JUDGE.)
P1 (to P2) I have a special message
. that I want to tell you,
. so I can show off how much I know.
(JUDGE hits the gong and shakes head.)
P1 (thinking) I have a special message to tell you,
. because I care about you and want you to know it.
(JUDGE nods approval. P1 exits. P3 enters.)
P2 (to P3) I noticed you are doing certain things
. that are hurting yourself and those you love.
. I’m going to tell you what you SHOULD be doing
. just because I like to boss people around.
. (JUDGE gongs. P2 thinks.) I am going to share
. with you what you should be doing differently –
. because I love and respect you,
. and I do not like to see people getting hurt.
(JUDGE nods approval. P2 exits. P4 enters.)
P3 (to P4) I understand something that could give you
. eternal life, but I’m too tired today to tell you.
. (JUDGE gongs.) Even though I am tired and
. I have a lot of things to do, I want to share
. something with you that can change your life.
. Jesus’ work on the cross will save you.
(JUDGE nods. P3 exits. P5 enters.)
P4 (to P5) Well, I totally believe that Jesus exists,
. but I don’t care if He died for me.
. (JUDGE gongs.) I love Jesus and trust in Him
. that He died for my sins.
(JUDGE nods. P4 exits. P6 enters.)
P5 (to P6) I give a lot of money to the poor
. because I like to show off.
. (JUDGE gongs.) I give to the poor,
. because I want to help them.
(JUDGE nods. P5 exits. P7 enters.)
P6 (to P7) Personally, I like pain and suffering.
. I get a lot of attention and sympathy from people.
. (JUDGE gongs.) I really do not like to suffer,
. but I am willing to do anything to tell people
. about the good news.
(JUDGE nods. P6 exits. P8 enters.)
P7 (to P8) I will visit with the elderly,
. only if I don’t have to put up with their stories.
. (JUDGE gongs.) I visit the elderly
. because I love getting to know them and I know
. they like the company.
(JUDGE nods. P7 exits. P9 enters.)
P8 (to P9) If I’m having a bad day,
. everyone around me should have a bad day too.
. (JUDGE gongs.) It’s WRONG to be rude,
. even if I AM feeling bad.
. If I treat others nicely,
. as I would like to be treated,
. I know it helps them, as well as myself.
(JUDGE nods. P8 exits. P10 enters.)
P9 (to P10) I do not like it when my friends are nice
. to anybody else. I should be their ONLY friend.
. (JUDGE gongs.) I am happy when my friends
. get to know other people. We should all be open
. to making new friends all the time.
(JUDGE nods. P9 exits. P11 enters.)
P10 Well, I have a LOT of friends. EVERYBODY wants
. to be MY friend. I am SOOOO cool like that,
. people FIGHT to get to know me. And of course,
. I will only be friends with cool people.
. (JUDGE gongs.) But I guess if I keep bragging
. and being arrogant like that, no one will want
. to be my friend anymore. I need to be humble.
. And I need to be friendly to everyone.
(JUDGE nods. P10 exits. P12 enters.)
P11 I only help people who will do things for me.
. Like, if I have a birthday, I want them to be able
. to buy me big, expensive presents. And I only want
. people around me who will make me look good.
. (JUDGE gongs.) I should help anybody,
. even if they cannot pay me back or give me things.
. But I should be careful that they do not keep me
. from doing God’s will.
(JUDGE nods. P11 exits. P13 enters.)
P12 I try to stay away from people who annoy me.
. And I also like to test them first by trying to make
. them get angry. And then, if they do get angry
. at me, forget about them!
. (JUDGE gongs) It is wrong to annoy people
. or try to make them angry. And I should not
. let myself get angry or annoyed at others.
. I need to hate the sin, love the sinners.
(JUDGE nods. P12 exits. P14 enters.)
P13 I am happy to see someone do something bad.
. That makes me look better. But if someone dares
. point out that I’VE done something wrong,
. then I TRY to look for something wrong in THEM.
. (JUDGE gongs.) When I have earned the respect
. of someone, and they keep messing up, I should
. first pray, and then in a loving manner,
. gently tell them the truth. And if someone tells me
. where I have messed up, I should listen carefully
. and examine my heart. I should be glad to hear
. how I can be a better person. And if I didn’t
. mess up like they say, I need to deal with that
. carefully, in prayer, truth and love.
(JUDGE nods. P13 exits. P15 enters.)
P14 If someone comes to me with some juicy gossip, 4
. I like to tell as many people as I can,
. whether it is true or not. I’m always hoping
. that people mess up just so there’s something
. interesting to talk about.
. (JUDGE gongs) I need to tell those people
. to stop gossiping. I should refuse to believe
. what they say. I should refuse to even listen.
. I should not think bad about anyone, but believe
. the best about people. I hope for good things –
. to happen to everyone.
P15 (to P14) If someone hurts me, I move on.
. Forget them! I REFUSE to forgive them.
. (JUDGE gongs.) I must realize I am not perfect
. and I also hurt others, so I need to be forgiving
. and understanding. No matter what they do,
. I should love everyone, always. No matter what,
. my love for others should never fail.
. My love for others should never stop!
J Choose to do EVERYTHING with love.