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NATURE’S SONG 2: SIN – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: seeing the need for God
SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:22-23, 3:23
Style: drama/conversation: parent teaches
. their child about seeing the need for God
. because of sin.
Cast: DAD (or MOM), CHILD
Set & Props: chair, table, glass jar of water, black oil
(CHILD sits down in a chair to look out a pretend window.
DAD enters and sees the CHILD. Going over to CHILD,
DAD sits next to CHILD and looks outside too.)
DAD What are we looking at?
CHILD I envy the tree! I wish I could
. just be a tree sometimes.
DAD Really? Why?
CHILD Trees seem to have such a peaceful life.
. (turns to look at DAD)
DAD Hm. Well, it does SEEM to have a peaceful life.
. But it has to stay outside in all sorts
. of weather. And - if you look very closely,
. there is a lot of fighting going on.
(CHILD looks at DAD, astonished.)
CHILD What do you mean?
DAD If you take a closer look, you would see
. all sorts of insects fighting each other for food.
. And, some insects BECOME the food.
. Nature is very cruel.
CHILD I guess it is. Why is that?
DAD When God created the world, it was peaceful then.
. VERY peaceful! All the animals got along,
. there were no weeds to choke out the good plants,
. and people had a close relationship with God
. and each other.
CHILD But what happened? 2
DAD Well, when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God,
. sin entered the world. The results of sin
. can even be seen in nature. But it is very
. evident in human nature.
CHILD (cryptically) No kidding.
DAD Is something bothering you?
CHILD Bad things happen everywhere. Why? Why is that?
DAD (matter-of-factly) Because there is sin
. in the world. And there is spiritual warfare.
. And when other people sin, this can hurt others.
. And because WE sin. We hurt ourselves
. and others when we sin.
CHILD I am not THAT bad.
DAD We are all born with a sinful nature. None of us
. are perfect. And God sees us as all equal.
CHILD I thought God loves us.
DAD He does. God created us with a free choice
. and man chose to sin. But God is also holy.
. That means He cannot allow sin into heaven.
. How can I explain this better?
. (thinking and picking up the glass of water)
. God calls Himself the Living Water.
. So let’s say, that God is pure water
. which gives life. And let’s say that sin
. is like spilled oil.
. (picks up the container of oil and holds it up)
. Because of sin, we are all born as spilled oil.
. God still loves us, but God cannot have
. a relationship with spilled oil.
. (pours the oil into the water)
. It cannot mix. Water and oil cannot mix together.
CHILD And oil is bad for the environment.
DAD Yes, spilled oil is bad for the environment.
. It destroys life. Just like sin destroys life.
. God never wanted there to be sin in the world.
. And because God is pure, there cannot be any sin
. in heaven. So, the only way we can enter heaven
. and keep it pure is if we become a Christian.
CHILD But oil cannot become water?
DAD When we become a Christian,
. God sees us as pure water. Here on earth,
. we still leak oil, but God helps us clean it up.
. And then, when a Christian dies,
. they become completely pure and join God in heaven
. in a perfectly pure relationship with God
. and with each other.
CHILD That’s nice, but it doesn’t help now.
. People are leaking and spilling oil everywhere.
. I wish they would see this and stop it.
DAD It appears you are troubled by something else.
CHILD Yes. I had a fight with a friend today.
. He stole something from my backpack and then
. lied about it. I thought he was my friend.
DAD Well, nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes.
. How did you handle this problem?
CHILD When I saw him with my calculator, I yelled
. at him, and said he should not steal from me.
. I thought we were friends. I told him
. to give it back to me right away.
DAD And what did he say?
CHILD He said that he wasn’t stealing from me.
. He said that he lost his calculator
. and quickly had to borrow mine so
. he could finish his homework.
DAD Maybe he did. Did you ever think about that?
CHILD He should have asked.
DAD This is true, he SHOULD have asked you
. if he could borrow it, but you should not
. have yelled at him, or accused him so quickly
. about stealing. You were wrong to accuse him
. without learning the truth.
CHILD Ah, I guess so. I guess I leaked some oil there.
DAD Yes. And now it is time to clean it up.
. You need to go and apologize.
CHILD He might not even want to speak to me.
DAD Come, let’s pray that he has an open heart
. to hear your words. And we will ask God
. to give you the words you need to say.
(DAD and CHILD exit.)