Well, this drama could be called "The Dilemma 3." I enjoy writing monologues where we get inside someone's head as he/she is sitting in church. Pre-recorded voice over works well here (again) until the Pastor comes in and starts talking with him.
I've always loved the verses from Ephesians 6 that talk about the armor of God. Pastor Ray did a great job of explaining to us what each piece means to the believer.
Of course, the guy in this drama is hilariously clueless...
Dave: A guy in church
Pre-recorded V.O. tape
A Sunday morning service(LIGHTS UP CENTER STAGE where Dave is sitting reading his program.)
Dave:††† Okay, looks like Ray is wrapping up Ephesians. That marriage thing was pretty good. I especially liked that part about my wife serving me. I seem to recall something about my responsibility there hmmmm nope, canít remember a thing. Oh well. Probably was nothing
Dave:†† That employee/employer thing was good as well. I mean, I was really convicted. In fact, if I donít recall, I only took a two hour lunch today. Yep, honoring God at work. Thatís me. Mr. Honor God at work guy. Thatís what they call me.
Dave:† So whatís today about? Hmmm. Spiritual battles. Well, that sounds pretty cool! Maybe Iíll take a sneak peek at the verses before Ray starts talking about them. Nothing wrong with† that. I mean, what else am I going to do during tithes and offerings or is that after the message?† Whatís with that basket anyway? Never can quite figure that out...
Dave: Anyway, letís see. Ephesians 6. "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Yeah baby! I like this stuff. Letís put on that armor! That sounds pretty cool! Okay, what kind of armor? Do they give it out here or do I have to go someplace special to get it? I wonder if they give out donuts with it.mmmm. donuts
Dave:† Anyway, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Yep, thatís right! Itís against rulers and authorities and powers and forces of evil! Exactly!! (stops and looks confused) So, like what powers and forces are we talking about here? It sounds kind of like a Darth Vader thing "Luke, give in to the powers of the dark side!" And whatís with that Ďevil in the heavenly realmsí bit? Sounds wacky Oh well.
Dave: (reads some more) "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace."
Dave: The belt of truth! Now that sounds cool! With that kind of belt I could make everyone tell the truth I bet! Yeah, like Wonder woman! Sheís got that magic lasso and ties guys up and makes them tell what they did wrong I could use this on my kids! COOOOL! What else? Breastplate of Righteousness. Wow! The Breastplate of Righteousness. (long pause) I have no idea what that is but it sounds cool and I want one. What else? My feet will be fitted with readiness. (clueless) Ooookay, yeah, my feet need to be fitted with readiness. In fact, just the other day I think my wife said something about how I needed to have my feet fitted with this, um, readiness. Yeah. (long pause) Readiness.. right. What else is there?
Dave:† "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Well! Now weíre talking! Iím gonna get me a shield of faith! Iím not sure what the faith part is about but I do know that itís going to stop FLAMING ARROWS?!? FROM THE EVIL ONE?!?! Oh, thatís just great! They never told me when I signed up for this Christianity thing that the Devil is going to be trying to pick me off with projectiles of fiery death! I mean, Iíve seen those movies! No matter how big the guys shield is, somebody always hits him with an arrow. And it always ends up in his leg and the guy starts pulling it out on his own. But this is not ordinary arrow! Itís a flaming one! (panicking) How am I going to pull a flaming arrow out of my leg. Iím doooomed (Pastor Ray comes walking up to the podium at this point)
Ray:† Hey Dave. What's up?
Dave: Oh, um, nothing, Pastor. Just reading from the good book here. Ephesians 6 in fact!
Ray: Great! Ready to put on the armor of God?
Dave: Who me? Oh, yeah. Bring it on that armor! Heh heh, yep. (looks around uncomfortably) Okay, gotta go (walks out and Pastor starts his message
(LIGHTS OUT ON DRAMA BUT NOT ON PASTOR)
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