A SKIT ILLUSTRATING

THE NEED TO BE CLEAN


Synopsis


CHARACTERS

 

● A pastor figure wants to teach young pupils about spiritual cleanliness

● 5 teens, 3 boys, 2 girls (or any combination)

Tad, Bill, Eddie, Edith, Marilyn

● 1 waitress

 

SCENE

A restaurant - table with chairs, all will become seated at the table.

 

ACTION

 

The five teens are each served hamburgers. They begin eating, and one by one, four of them notice something on their plate.

BILL discovers the leg of an insect on his plate

TAD finds a piece of grass on on his plate

EDDIE finds a small piece of paper floating in his drink

EDITH finds a hair sticking out from beneath her sandwich

MARILYN finds nothing. She eats contentedly


THE INTERVIEW


Bill is asked what he learned from his experience.

 

He responds: “I learned how much I hate roaches.”

Tad is asked what he learned.

 

He responds: “I learned some things aren’t that big a deal. I can live with it. People in third world countries would love to have this meal.”

Eddie is asked his lesson.

 

He responds: “I learned to look closer at my plate.”

Edith is asked what she learned.

 

She responds: “I learned some people who handle food ought to wear
a hair net.”

Marilyn is asked the lesson she learned.

 

She responds: “I learned that eating food that is clean of stuff is much more enjoyable. 


THE CLOSING/APPLICATION


Pastor speaks:

[looking at Marilyn] “You have learned but a glimmer of truth from the experience, but you’ve failed to apply the lesson. [looks around at the others]

 

The rest of you have failed to look beyond your own experience.

No one wants to eat off a dirty plate.

You each call yourselves Christian. Is it not true that you bring the Bread of Life to others? What will they think, if you are unclean? How will they react to a dirty plate? Will they not react as you have? You blamed the waitress. You were angry with the owner.

 

People generally don't like things that are dirty.

 

When Christ comes into your life, you are made clean through His Word. Christ makes us clean, no matter what we've done. But afterwards, there is a duty on your part, through Christ, to keep your life clean, and to not do the things you used to do that were unclean.

 

If you, as a Christian, wish to serve the Living God and deliver to others, the Bread of Life, then you must be clean.

God wants a clean vessel.

 

Romans 6:12-14 "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."

SCRIPT


[All enter the restaurant together, talking to each other. Quickly seat themselves. Pastor enters last. Waitress approaches the table and asks for their orders.]

 

SCENE ONE

Pastor: “I think they have all decided to have the same thing. One coke and one Hamburger, no fries.”


Tad: “No fries! How am I supposed to live through the night?” [laughing]

 

Bill: “You’ve forgotten about the greasy fries we had the last time we ate here?”


Tad: “Oh yeah. Bad choice. That was here, wasn’t it?”

 

Waitress: “Will there be anything else?”

 

Marilyn: “Please make mine very well done.”

 

Edith: “Me too!”

 

Eddie: “I want mine medium rare.”

 

Tad: “Just cook mine!” [laughter from the others]


SCENE TWO


[soto voice, group sits and talks to one another while waiting for their hamburgers; Pastor follows waitress out; he returns soon and sits back down at table]

 

Pastor: “Well, as I explained to you, I want you all to tell me what this experience taught you, when we’re done.”


Bill: “Hey, it already taught me to hang with you. Long as you're buying, I'm with you!” [laughter]

 

Tad: “Pastor Adam, if we don’t guess the lesson, do you still buy?” [grinning]

 

Pastor: “It’s all on me. It will be worth it.”


[waitress arrives with meals; she leaves and prayer is offered for the meal]


SCENE THREE


[each begin eating their meal, making small talk as they eat]

 


BILL: [loudly] “Hey! What’s this? I got something on my plate! Aw, man, this looks like some kind of bug leg!” [pulls out what appears to be a bug’s leg]

 

TAD: “Whoa! I got something on mine, too! You guys better check your burgers. Something ain’t right here! [He pulls out what appears to be a long blade of green grass from under the burger]

 

EDITH: “I’ve got something, too ! Look! [holds up what appears to be a long strand of blond hair]

 

EDDIE: “Look here!” [points to his coke where there is a piece of paper floating in his glass]

 

BILL: “What a dump! I’ll never eat here again! The owner should be fined out of business!”

 

MARILYN: “Well, I’ve looked at my plate and my sandwich pretty close and it all looks fine to me. [continues eating]

 

EDITH: [looking at the Pastor] “Doesn’t our waitress have blond hair?” [turns to glare at the waitress]

 

PASTOR: “I sure am sorry your meals are spoiled.”

 

TAD: “Didn’t bother me. I’ve ate a ton of grass in football practice last week. I’m getting used to the taste.”

 

EDITH: [angry tone] “I’d like to reduce the blond hairs on that waitress a little bit more–in Christian love, of course. I can’t eat this!” [tosses her burger back to the plate in disgust]

 

PASTOR: Look, as I told you earlier, there is a lesson to be learned from all of this.

 

I want to ask each of you what you learned from today’s experience.

 

Let’s just start with you, Bill, then work around the table and finish with you, Marilyn.

 

Tell me what you learned.”

 

BILL: “I learned how much I hate roaches. I thought for sure I’d crunched one down. After all, I only found a leg.”

 

TAD: “I learned some things aren’t that big a deal. People in third world countries would love to have this meal, grass, roaches and all.”


EDDIE: “I learned to look closer at things I take into my body.”

 

EDITH: “I learned some people who handle food ought to wear a hair net.”

 

MARILYN: “I learned that eating uncontaminated food is much more enjoyable. 

 

PASTOR: “Well, I have a little confession to make to you all. I put those things on your plates. Bill, that’s a fake grass hopper leg. Tad, that really is a blade of grass, but I want you to know, it was washed first. And Edith, that blond hair is actually a fiber from a doll which I cleaned with alcohol before I placed on you plate. Eddie, that isn’t really paper floating in your Coke. It’s a flattened piece of marshmallow.”


BILL: “Oh, so my grass hopper leg wasn’t washed?”

 

PASTOR: “No, it was washed. Well, so I dropped it afterwards.” [laughs] “Seriously, it’s clean, Bill.”

 

BILL: “Well, it would have been a lot funnier if you’d have put chopped worms in Marilyn’s burger. Now that would have been funny.” [laughter by others, Eddie says “Yeah!”] And the lesson would have been pretty easy. Why girls who eat worms with their burgers don’t get any dates.” [laughter]

 

Pastor speaks:

[looking at Marilyn] “You have learned but a glimmer of truth from the experience, but you’ve failed to apply the lesson. [looks around at the others]

 

The rest of you have failed to look beyond your own experience.

All of you want to have food that is without contamination. No one likes food that is dirty.

You each call yourselves Christian. Is it not true that you bring the Bread of Life to others? What will they think, if you are unclean? How will they react to an impure vessel? Will they not react as you have? You blamed the waitress. You were angry with the owner.

 

People generally don't like things that are dirty.

 

When Christ comes into your life, you are made clean through His Word. But afterwards, there is a duty on your part to keep your life clean, and to not do the things you used to do that were unclean.

 

If you, as a Christian, wish to serve the Living God and deliver to others, the Bread of Life, then you must be clean.

God wants a clean vessel.

 

Romans 6:12-14 "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."


Copyright 2006

Voyle A. Glover

 

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