By Curtis Chang

Being Real with a Real God

Drama is a powerful communication tool that helps the viewer engage not only their minds but also their emotions. The following sketch on the topic of prayer features four actors. Two engage in dialogue on the left side of the stage for scene one while the other pair stand on the right side of the stage waiting for their turn in scene two. If you have access to a spot light, you can further highlight the two scenes.

Scene One

A Christian student runs into a fellow classmate.  The classmate is beaming, like he swallowed the canary.

Classmate:      Well, hello there?  How are you doing on this fine day?

Christian:         OK, what's gotten into you?

Classmate:      Oh, I just found out some very good news!

Christian:         What's that?

Classsmate:     You're looking at this year's summer intern at the State Department's Honors Program.

Christian:         Wow, you're kidding me.  Is this the internship that was posted on the IR departmental bulletin board?

Classmate:      The very one.

Christian:         Wow, you're kidding me.  Uh, congratulations.  (Pause) Say, how did you manage to get that summer internship.  It seemed really competitive.

Classmate:      Well, you gotta make the right moves and put in the time.  I spent every night for a week on that application.  But what I think put me over the top is that I got a  Spring      Break internship in Washington and I managed to meet the guy who was in charge of the summer program.  I think he was impressed that I tried to meet him in person.

Christian:         Wow, you're kidding me.  That was a smart move.  I guess I should've thought of that.

Classmate:      Oh, sorry, did you apply for the summer internship also? 

Christian:         Actually, no I never did apply.  I was really interested and I was going to apply, but it said on the sheet that you had to have coursework in international economics to be eligible and I couldn't get in last semester.  I didn't know you've taken international ec.

Classmate:      Well, no, I haven't but I mean you can't let those sorts of things stop you.  I figured that was a silly rule.  I figure I could just read up on some textbooks before I got down there. 

Christian:         You lied on your application?

Classmate:      No, not exactly.  I mean, I'm going to take those courses eventually.  But what difference to them when I'm going to take them.   You can't let stupid rules stop you like that, you'll never get anywhere if you do.

Christian:         Oh, I see.  Well.. uh, congratulations.

The student sits down and is quiet for a while.  He fidgets and starts to tap his chair which slowly builds to pounding.  Finally he begins shouting out loud and shaking his fist upward:

                        God, it's totally not fair!  You're not fair!  He lies on the application and he gets the internship, I try to do what's right and I get squat.  That's just great.  'Who's going to know the difference anyways?'  I guess not you, God!  And here I am stuck without any prospects for a summer job.  I could've gone down to Washington DC for spring break, but no, what do I do?  I go on the Florida Evangelism Project with TCF.  I trusted you to come thru for me God for the opportunities I'd miss out!  You said you would provide if I took the risk.  Well, God, show me the money!  Because what you're showing me so far is that people who ignore your ways win out.


Alternative Ending to Scene One

As the Christian student walks away, he is visibly trying to keep a lid on his anger, breathing deeply and trying to calm himself down.  He prays:

I suppose you have a reason why everything worked out the way it did.  (He begins shaking his head but composes himself).  Help me to accept whatever happens.   God, I praise you for well, for being all powerful  (says this grudgingly).  And please show [name of classmate] that what he did was wrong (clenching his fist). 

 

Scene Two

Friend 1 is finishing up a conversation on the phone while Friend 2 is listening in:

Friend 1:"Wow, that's really great news!  I'm so happy to hear that!  You don't know how long I've been praying for that, Dad!  Ok, well, I'll talk to you soon.  Bye!"

Friend 2: What was that all about

Friend 1: You won't believe it!

Friend 2: What?

Friend 1: You won't believe it!

Friend 2: What????

Friend 1: You won't believe it!

Friend 2: Tell me or you die!

Friend 1: Ok, OK, you know how I've been praying for years that my Dad would accept Jesus into his life?   Heck, of course you know, I'm always asking you to pray for him.  Well, a co-worker who's a Christian has been getting to be friends with him and he recently shared his story of faith with my Dad.  Something just happened -- it's amazing -- but my Dad was really moved and he decided yesterday he wanted to know Jesus also.  He was just telling me what it was like when he finally prayed to Jesus to invite him into his life.

Friend 2: Wow, I don't believe you!

Friend 1: No, it really happened.

Friend 2: I don't believe you!

Friend 1: Believe it, God answered our prayers!

Friend 2: Wow, I don't believe you.

Friend 1 grabs Friend 2 playfully: Well, believe it or die!

Friend 2: Wow, God is really powerful, huh.

Friend 1: He is!  (he looks up) You are!  God, thank you! You're awesome!

The two then begin to dance around in a rambunctious dance, making lots of noise with different items and shouting out "unconventional" praises to God like, "God kicks butt!" or "Go, God!  Go, God!" etc..

Alternative Ending to Scene Two

Friend 1:.. and he decided yesterday he wanted to know Jesus also.  He was just telling me what it was like when he finally prayed to Jesus to invite him into his life."

Friend 2: Wow, I don't believe you!

Friend 1: No, it really happened.

Friend 2: I don't believe you!

Friend 1: Believe it, God answered our prayers!

Friend 2: Wow, I don't believe you.

Friend 1 grabs Friend 2 playfully:   Well, believe it or die!

Friend 2: Well, we should probably pray now and thank God, huh?

Friend 1: Yeah, yeah, that's a good idea.

They begin to get noticeably stiffer.  They disentangle themselves from each other and smooth out their shirts.  They sit down in chairs and fold their hands.  They clear their throats and look rather solemn.

After a short while of silence.  They say, "Amen. "

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