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TARGETS OF BITTERNESS – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: anger, forgiveness
SCRIPTURE: Mrk.11:20-26; Eph.4:26-32; 1Tim.2:8;
Style: allegory/conversation: people walk around
. with slingshots and bad attitudes of anger,
. unknowingly ready to hit anybody
. standing in their way until some realize
. their need to forgive and “let go”
Cast: PEOPLE 1-10
Set & Props: 7 slingshots (made with just strings,
. NOT elastic so no one will get hurt),
. 7 beanbag or foam “rocks”
. (so no one gets hurt, or
. just pretend that they have rocks)
(PERSON 1, 2 & 3 enter together, all carrying slingshots
down at their sides.)
P 1 Did you see what Ted wore to church?
P 2 It was ridiculous!
P 1 And he calls himself a Christian!
(PERSON 4 enters with slingshot poised and ready to shoot
at PERSON 1, 2 & 3.)
P 4 You think you’re better than me?
(PERSON 1 quickly gets their slingshot up and ready
to shoot, aimed at PERSON 4.)
P 1 What is your problem?
P 4 I know you’ve been gossiping about me.
P 2 We do not gossip.
P 4 Just you wait, you’ll all get yours. It’s called-
. sweet revenge. What goes around – comes around!
(PERSON 4 exits, while still aiming the slingshot 2
at PERSON 1, 2 & 3. PERSON 3 lowers slingshot, while
PERSON 1 & 2 continue to aim in direction of PERSON 4.)
P 2 Can you believe that?
P 1 I am so tired of these petty people who are only
. out to make my life miserable. I have been
. PRAYING that God would deal with them, so
. I could finally have some peace in my life.
. I just don’t understand why God
. is NOT answering my prayers!
P 3 Maybe there’s a lesson that God is trying
. to teach you?
(PERSON 1 swings their aim to PERSON 3. PERSON 3
quickly raises their slingshot and aims it at PERSON 1.
PERSON 2 quickly aims at PERSON 3.)
P 1 What are you saying? I do not have any problems.
. My problems - are those other people.
P 3 I’m just saying – we sometimes go through trials
. so that - we can grow stronger.
(PERSON 1 keeps slingshot up, but swings the aim away
from PERSON 3. PERSON 3 is not sure if they are safe,
so they keep their slingshot slightly raised and aimed
at the ground. PERSON 2 relaxes their aim a little.
PERSON 5 enters with their slingshot raised and
swinging around, ready to shoot anything that moves.
As soon as PERSON 5 sees PERSON 1, the aim is pointed
straight at PERSON 1. PERSON 1 aims straight at
PERSON 5, straining while pulling back.
Even though they are aiming right at each other,
both PERSON 1 & 5 speak with very fake niceness.)
P 5 Hellooo, and how are you doing?
P 1 I’m fine. Couldn’t be better.
P 5 Good to know. Will you be at Bible study
. Wednesday night?
P 1 I will.
P 2 We’ll all be there. 3
P 4 Great. Then, I’ll see you there. Bah-bye now.
(PERSON 5 walks off while keeping their slingshot
aimed back at PERSON 1. PERSON 1 aims at PERSON 5
until they are gone, then keeps the tension pulled back
as if looking for a target.)
P 1 They’re so fake. I hate that person so much!
P 3 Why?
(PERSON 1 swings aim at PERSON 3 and keeps a strained aim
at them while talking. PERSON 3 raises their slingshot
at PERSON 1 with tentative aim. PERSON 2 then raises
slingshot aim at PERSON 3.)
P 1 After what he/she did – I cannot forgive him/her!
. He/she deserves to get sick - and - die.
P 3 That’s a little extreme.
P 2 You have no idea what he/she did. It was so
. uncalled for. Totally unacceptable!
(PERSON 6 enters with slingshot raised, then swings aim
at PERSON 1. PERSON 1 & 2 swing their aim at PERSON 6.
PERSON 3 points a tentative aim at PERSON 6.)
P 1 What are you still doing here? I thought
. by now you would have run away in shame.
P 6 I haven’t done anything that YOU haven’t done.
P 1 Do NOT put me at YOUR level.
P 6 Well, I DO want to apologize.
P 2 Really?
P 1 (curtly and self-righteously) Well! I forgive you.
(PERSON 6 begins to lower slingshot, but PERSON 1 keeps
aiming at PERSON 6, so PERSON 6 puts their aim back up.)
P 6 Somehow it doesn’t feel like you forgive me.
P 1 (self-righteous) No, I forgive you.
. I just cannot really trust you ever again.
P 6 Well, aren’t YOU going to apologize?
P 1 For what? I did nothing wrong.
P 6 Whatever. Obviously, this is not over.
P 2 Obviously! Until we see that you really ARE sorry.
P 1 (to PERSON 2) THAT will never happen.
(PERSON 1 & 2 keep their aim trained on PERSON 6.
PERSON 6 exits, unsure whether they should aim
their slingshot at anyone. PERSON 1 swings their aim
back at PERSON 3, who balks at this and tries to step out
of the aim, but PERSON 1 keeps aim on PERSON 3. Finally-)
P 3 Hey, ow, what did I ever do to you?
P 1 What are you talking about?
P 3 I don’t know. You just seem – so - very angry.
P 1 I AM NOT ANGRY!!!
(PERSON 1’s arm is getting shaky from constantly
pulling back on the slingshot, like they are ready
to shoot at any second. PERSON 3 takes aim, unsure.)
P 3 Well, gotta go. I’ll – see you around.
P 2 (to PERSON 1) What is his/her problem?
P 1 (to PERSON 2) I don’t know, but I think
. we should watch our backs.
(PERSON 3 suspiciously aims slingshot in all directions
as they rush off. PERSON 1 & 2 swing their aim from
PERSON 3 to PERSON 7 who enters without any slingshot.
PERSON 1 & 2 then swing their aims on PERSON 8,
who enters with a slingshot aimed at PERSON 7.
PERSON 8 catches up to PERSON 7 to talk.)
P 8 (to PERSON 7) Hey, what was that all about?
(PERSON 7 turns around. Seeing the slingshot aimed
right at them, they remain very calm, even though
PERSON 8’s arm is shaking from holding the slingshot
for a very long time. PERSON 1 & 2 listen in.)
P 2 (to PERSON 1) This should be interesting.
P 1 (to PERSON 2) They annoy me so much.
P 7 (to PERSON 8) What are you talking about?
P 8 You know!
P 7 I really don’t.
P 8 If you cared at all, you would.
P 7 Hey, I do care. But I still don’t know.
. You know, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes.
. So, if I did anything to offend you, I apologize.
. Although it would be helpful if you told me,
. so that I’d know what to work on – whatever it is.
P 8 Okay, well, you like to put people down.
. You are ALWAYS putting me down.
P 7 How do I do that?
P 8 Just - the way you talk. You’re always-
. correcting the things that I say.
P 7 Oh... well, that is not my intention. I mean,
. I’m only trying to add to the conversation.
. I didn’t realize it came across that way.
P 8 Well, I’ve tried to ignore it, but I just
. can’t take it anymore.
P 7 Why didn’t you come to me about this sooner?
P 8 I don’t know.
P 7 Well, again, I’m truly sorry about that.
P 8 I... forgive you.
(PERSON 8 finally lowers their slingshot.) 6
P 7 Well, next time I do something like that,
. let me know right away. Okay?
(PERSON 8 raises slingshot up slightly at PERSON 7.)
P 8 Next time?! You plan on doing this again?
P 7 No. I’m definitely going to try NOT to do it.
. But like I said, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes.
P 8 Oh, right. Okay.
P 7 Seriously, are we good? ‘Cause, I would
. like to be friends with you.
P 8 Yeah... (relaxes, then confidently makes up mind)
. Yeah, we’re good.
(After relaxing their aim again, PERSON 8 thinks,
then lets the slingshot drop to the ground.)
P 8 Wow, that feels good – actually –
. this feels really good. And I didn’t realize
. how much I was hurting myself.
. (lightly rubbing elbow of their aiming arm)
(PERSON 7 & 8 exit together while holding an amicable
conversation. PERSON 1 & 2 look at each other perplexed,
while still aiming their slingshots at PERSON 7.)
P 2 They gave up way to early. I know EXACTLY
. what that person was talking about.
. He/she has put me down several times like that.
(PERSON 1 & 2 swing their aim at PERSON 9 & 10 as
they enter, both without any slingshots at all.)
P 1 (seething) And – THOSE TWO over there - think
. they’re so good. Like – they know everything.
(PERSON 9 & 10 stop to talk.)
P 9 Hey, I want to apologize for what I just said.
. I overreacted and it was totally uncalled for-
P 10 You know I forgive you. And, I’m sorry - 7
. if I did anything to provoke the situation.
P 9 Thanks. Hey, I’ve been praying for you.
. I know it’s been a tough week.
. You must have a lot of things on your mind.
P 10 You have no idea.
P 9 Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
P 10 Well, I definitely could use more prayer.
(PERSON 9 & 10 speak their last two lines as they exit.
PERSON 1 & 2 look at each other suspiciously.)
P 1 That was just weird.
P 2 Just shows you – you can’t trust anyone.
P 1 I guess we just keep praying that God will
. somehow bring some peace to this WHOLE situation.
(PERSON 1 & 2 exit in opposite directions,
each continuing to strain with their slingshots,
aiming at everything and anything, even at each other.)