Well. There’s been a lot of politics and people saying things of varying stupidity this weekend. Maybe not as many as usual, but enough to make a man slightly weary of it all to, well, continue to be slightly weary of it all. Proof of human stupidity via politics and pundits is not the way I feel like spending my nap time today. However, I have been reading and scribbling down some notes for my continuing project, the 5 act play “Camp Gethsemane.” If you missed my previous mention of the play, it’s a play about faith and humanity. Discovery in adversity and doubt. Lots of Christianity and atheism, but lots of the human condition beneath that.
…well, that’s what I hope will come across to the future students reading my masterpiece. (Feigned arrogance is healthy for you, don’t you know?)
At any rate, with my recent scribblings and thoughts on the matter, I’ve decided to let slip a small section of the play as it’s currently written and hopefully get some opinions. (Yeah, I’m doing real well with this writing new stuff thing. Two of the past three days I give you something I wrote a while back? I must’ve used all my creativity talking about Hitler yesterday…)
This is a scene in Act I involving two of the Bible teachers at the Christian summer camp (called Camp Gethsemane, of course), Frank and Gary. The man who runs the camp, Craig, will enter in during the scene. Please do let me know what you think, should you read it. This is by no means a final draft. And maybe tomorrow I’ll be back in fine form, ranting about all things political.
Later that day, in the same area. FRANK has entered and is sitting in a chair.
FRANK: I heard your class had a bit of a troublemaker in it, Gary.
GARY: No, no troublemaker. Just someone who simply has questions and needs to be led to the truth.
FRANK: Right, right. What was it she asked about?
GARY: She asked where Cain got his wife.
FRANK: Really? What does that even matter?
GARY: Well, it helps us understand the culture and the time. Besides, if we are unable to provide an answer from Scripture, it suggests that Scripture is incomplete. Flawed. And it lowers the amount of trust the students have in us.
FRANK: Hm. I think you’re a bit too lenient, letting them ask so many questions. I’d’ve just kept them quiet and made them listen.
GARY: “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth”.
FRANK: Well, it’s much easier to instruct without interruptions… Anyway, I heard that wasn’t all she did.
GARY: Yes. She later asked about evolution and whether Christians could believe in it.
FRANK: Well, that’s just… That’s ridiculous! Why even ask that question? …What’d you tell her?
GARY: I told her that there are several theories as to what the Scripture says about the creation. Some feel the days are symbolic, as opposed to six 24-hour days, and–
CRAIG: And they’d be wrong. God didn’t create the ape or the frog or the fish only to turn them into human beings. He created, from the dirt, one man: Adam. And from Adam and from Eve are all humans derived.
GARY: I understand your position on the subject, sir, but I wanted to show all sides of the–
CRAIG: There is only one side, Mr. Carter. That side is the Scripture, God’s Holy Word. And the Scripture says six days. Six rises and falls of light. And Man was created on that sixth day from the dirt, not from another animal.
GARY: I explained that side, too, Mr. Thompson. But not all theologians agree with you. Pope John Paul II even said–
CRAIG: The Catholic Church – that whore of Babylon – does not hold the authority over the Scripture, Mr. Carter. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” False teachers are all around us, Mr. Carter. That includes the Catholic Church, and any who support anything that is not found in the Scripture. It would do you well to teach your students Scripture, not man’s understanding of it. Like Mr. Singer here.
FRANK: Thank you, sir. I do my best.
CRAIG: I know you do. Keep up the good work with the Good Word. (Exits.)
GARY: So, Frank… do you think that’s how the Word should be taught? That there’s only one way to understand it?
FRANK: But there is only one truth! God’s Word is that truth.
GARY: …You know, several hundred years ago, people thought that God’s Word said the earth was the center of the universe, and that it was alright to torture people into becoming “believers” in Christ.
FRANK: Yeah, but we have a much better understanding of Scripture now. And we’re not corrupt like they were back then.
GARY: …Maybe you’re right. But I think I’ll continue to teach the way God leads me to teach.
FRANK: Well… I wouldn’t want to go against Mr. Thompson, but I guess do what you think is best. Personally, I think we should make sure the kids here understand that their destiny is a fiery pit if they don’t find Christ.
GARY: Why not teach about the love Christ had for people? The examples of compassion, the teachings of friendship and mercy?
FRANK: They’ll learn to be good after they find God.
GARY: …I hope so.
FRANK: Well, I’m going to go talk with Mr. Thompson, get some guidance. I’ll talk to you later, Gary. (Exits.)
GARY: …The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. …Lord, give me strength. Let me not stray… (Exits.)