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OH FATHER – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: taking God’s name in vain
SCRIPTURE: Ex.20:7; Deut.5:11; Ps.29:2, 139:20;
. Mt.6:9; Jhn.9:31; Eph.5:4; 2 Tim.2:16;
. James 5:16
Style: allegory/conversation: while children play,
. they keep calling out “Father”, etc.
. At first Dad answers, but soon tunes out
. the calls and doesn’t even react.
Cast: DAUGHTERS 1-2, DAD; NARRATOR (or Pastor)
Set & Props: chair, newspaper, (Ken & Barbie) dolls
(DAUGHTERS 1-2 play on the floor with their dolls.)
D 1 Oh, Dad! Father!
(DAD rushes in.)
DAD What is it? What’s wrong?
D 1 (looking up) Huh?
D 2 Oh, we weren’t calling you.
. We’re just playing.
DAD Ohhh, you sure?
D 2 Ah, yeaahh.
(DAD calmly walks to the chair and sits down to read
the newspaper while DAUGHTERS continue to play.)
D 2 Didn’t I tell you to clean up your room?
D 1 But I want to go shopping.
D 2 Clean up your room, noooooow!
D 1 Oh DAAAAAAAD!
(DAD puts newspaper down and rushes to DAUGHTERS.) 2
DAD What’s wrong, are you okay?
D 1 Dad, we’re JUST playing!
(DAD goes back to sit and read newspaper.
DAUGHTERS continue playing.)
D 2 Okay, now do as I say.
D 1 Can’t I do it later?
D 2 I want you to clean up – now!
D 1 DAAAAAD!
(Concerned, DAD puts down newspaper to listen closely.
When DAUGHTERS continue playing, he sighs and
goes back to reading.)
D 2 You need to listen to me.
D 1 But why don’t you listen to me?
. I have something very important to buy.
D 2 What could that be?
D 1 I need a party dress for the ball.
D 2 Who said I would let you go the ball?
D 1 But! Oh Father! Daaaaad!
(DAD ignores his “name” now and doesn’t move.)
D 2 You said that you would babysit
. your little brother.
D 1 Oh Dad! I have this tiara and everything.
(DAD still ignores. When DAUGHTER 1 puts something
onto the doll’s head, the head comes off in her hands.
For this, probably find a doll that is already broken.)
D 1 DAAAAAAAAD!!!
(DAD completely ignores the cries for help.) 3
D 2 Dad!?
D 1 Father! We need your help.
D 2 Ah, Dad, now we need you!
D 1 We really need you now, Dad.
(DAD still ignores. DAUGHTER 1 starts to cry.
(OPTIONAL: PASTOR or NARRATOR steps forward.)
NAR. This father chose to tune out
. his daughters’ use of his name in play.
. Even just the frivolous use of God’s name –
. is taking God’s name in vain.
. Are you saying any form of His name –
. as an exclamation – merely as
. an empty reaction to something –
. saying any form of His name without
. any real meaning or purpose behind it?
. Does God have to tune out any of your language?