This quick drama is intended to be used as you teach about being in the world but not of the world. The actors will pretend to be soldiers dropped behind enemy lines. You can use this as a fun, slapstick way to kickoff teaching about evangelism or about the Kingdom of God.
Choose from the following different perspectives:
- Mark 16:15 (“…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
- John 17:13-19 (“…As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world…”)
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does…”)
- 1 John 2:15-17 (“Do not love the world or anything in the world…”)
- Costumes for your two soldiers (jumpsuits and/or camouflage, maybe some face paint, helmets, toy rifles)
- Costumes for your enemy soldiers (similar to those above)
- Something that looks like a parachute (a white sheet or even a piece of flipchart paper)
· Ask for volunteers to play each role, and give them copies of the script.
· Agree on the cues for when the soldiers and enemy soldiers should enter. (Quick drama often works well if the actors burst into the room unexpectedly during while you are in mid-sentence. It adds a lot of energy to the teaching.)
· Practice the skit, and memorize the lines.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
SCENE: Two people dressed in jump suits and/or camouflage enter. They are in the middle of a conversation. Jerry has his parachute (or something that looks like it) still stuck to his foot, and he is dragging it behind him. Enemy soldiers enter later and should be recognizable as soldiers (with helmets or camouflage).
Larry: That was one crazy jump!
Jerry: I didn’t think we were going to make it after you set the plane on fire.
Larry: I didn’t set the plane on fire! Nobody told me you couldn’t shoot fireworks out the side. I thought it would be cool!
Jerry: Whatever…we’ve got to find someplace safe to hide. Because SOMEONE set the plane of fire, we had to parachute in behind enemy lines.
Larry: Where are we? It’s like a jungle out here.
Jerry: I don’t know. I’m looking for some landmarks.
Larry: Do you think there is a 7-11 anywhere nearby? I could really use a Slurpee.
Jerry: Keep it down! We’re behind enemy lines, remember?
Larry: Hey, Jerry, you’ve got some toilet paper stuck to your foot. Where did you find a bathroom?
Jerry: (Shaking off the parachute) That’s not toilet paper; that’s my parachute…now would you be quiet?!
Larry: Hey, Jerry…maybe you should let me be the leader. I’m better at these kinds of video games than you are.
Jerry: Larry, if you don’t be quiet, I’m going to have to tie you up and leave you here for the enemy to find you.
(Both are silent and watchful for a moment while Jerry tries to figure out where they are. As Jerry scouts the area, Larry sees enemy soldiers sneaking up on them. One soldier places his finger to his lips to show that he wants Larry to be quiet.)
Larry: (Seeing the enemy) Uh, Jerry….uh, what kind of enemies are these that live around here?
Jerry: They are terrible and mean. It’s best that we don’t run into them.
Larry: (Backing up closer to Jerry in fear) Uh, well, what I mean is, are they the kind of enemies that eat you if they catch you?
Jerry: (Laughing to himself) Yeah…with lots of barbeque sauce and mashed potatoes…why are you asking me all these dumb questions?
Larry: Because they look REALLY hungry!
Jerry: They what? (Turns and sees the enemy) RUN!!!!!
(Both Jerry and Larry turn to run, but they run into each other. Bouncing off each other, they knock down the enemy soldiers, regain their feet and then run off in different directions yelling in a comical way. The soldiers regain their feet and pursue. All exit.)