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Genius

 

By: Bethany Hawley

Cast:

Leslie

Albert

9 Geniuses (flexible number)

 

Scripture:

Mark 12:30

Colossians 3:1-18

 

 

Leslie enters from stage right wearing a YC t-shirt and reading a bible.

Leslie- "Love the Lord your God with all your heart... (Nods as though she understands) and with all your soul... (again, understanding, though with a bit more hesitance) and with all with all your mind..." What?! What is that supposed to mean, anyway? Who loves with their mind? I can see it now... "Baby, I love you with my whole brain." Give me a break.

 

A group of oddly dressed people enter from stage left. They are all wearing shirts that say "Genius" on them in large letters. They surround Leslie (much to her shock and confusion) and push her further stage left to a large door. Leslie protests and questions all along the way.

Leslie- What on earth do you think you're doing!? Get off of me!

 

Geniuses gesture for her to walk through the door.

Leslie- HA! I don't think so. My mother told me never to go into a building with no windows, so if it's all the same to you, I think I'll just go back over here...

 

They are getting frustrated with her ignorance and lack of cooperation. A Genius flips a sign that says "Leslie's Mind."

 

Leslie- Leslie's Mind... you mean MY mind? Geniuses nod. So, if I go through this door, I'll be standing in my own brain, so to speak. Geniuses give a ‘more or less' kind of nod. Well, this oughta be good.

 

Leslie steps into the door, followed by all of the Geniuses. Behind are boxes stacked on top of each other, labeled with things like "HATE," "SEX," "GREED," "LUST," "ANGER," "RAGE," "MALICE," "CURSING," etc as dictated in Colossians 3.

Leslie- Oh, yuck. This place is horrible! Sifting through all of the boxes. And why's it so dusty in here? She picks up one box marked "Sub Conscious" and jumps as she uncovers Albert, who is looking at her. ACK! Who are you? What ARE you people?

 

Albert- We are the keepers of all knowledge. Within us you will find the answers to life's greatest questions.

 

Leslie- Really?

 

Albert- No! We're just something your ridiculous brain came up with to help to think about this, your newest conundrum.

 

Leslie- Huh?

 

Albert- Takes a big sigh, as if regretting the fact that he has to work with someone so much dumber than himself. Let's take this more slowly. Before the Genius brigade found you, you were reading something, were you not?

 

Leslie- Yes! Yes I was... I was reading a passage from Mark chapter 12.

 

Albert- And you found yourself all in a flutter over some fumbling fuddy-duddy, did you not?

 

Leslie- Erhm, yes, I think so. I know I was confused over the statement "Love the Lord your God with all your mind." I mean... look at this place. How can I love God with all of... this? It's a store house! A mere garage of random useless memories and such.

 

Albert- Oh... is it? Take it away, boys.

 

Geniuses come forward and fumble around until they are situated, clear their throats, and begin.

Genius 1- "Since you have been raised with Christ,

 

Genius 2- set your mind on things above,

 

Genius 3- not on earthly things.

 

Genius 4- For you died..."

 

Leslie- I DIED? I'm dead?!

 

Albert- Would you calm down? It's a metaphor. When you became a Christian, you died to your old way of life, your sinful life. Now pay attention.

 

Genius 4- "For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

 

Genius 5- When Christ appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."

 

Leslie- Well, that sounds great...!

 

Albert- Hold it. It's not that easy.

 

Leslie- I was afraid of that...

 

Genius 6- "Put to death therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:

Geniuses begin hurling boxes out as they say the following lines. Leslie is going after them, upset that they're "cleaning house."

Genius 7- Sexual immorality (hurls a box labeled David Beckham)

 

Genius 8- Impurity

 

Genius 9- Lust

 

Genius 1- Evil desires

 

Genius 2- and Greed

 

Genius 3- which is idolatry."

 

Leslie- What do you think you're doing! Get out of my head!!!

 

Albert- Leslie... you asked how to love God with your entire mind. Do you really think you can do that with all of this in there? "You used to walk in thee ways, but now you must rid yourself of all such things as these:

 

Leslie- (With conviction, picking up a box and hurling it) Anger.

 

Genius 4- Rage

 

Genius 5- Malice

 

Genius 6- Slander

 

Genius 7- and filthy language from your lips."

 

Leslie- Wow... it looks better in here already!! What else?

 

Genius 8- "Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practice and have put on the new self,

 

Genius 9- which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator."

 

Genius 1- "Here there is no Greek or Jew," exit

 

Genius 2- Black or White. exit

 

Genius 3- Rich or Poor. exit

 

Genius 4- Popular or Unpopular. exit

 

Genius 5- Ugly or Pretty. exit

 

Genius 6- (Trying to act really cool and ghetto) Sweet or like, totally lame.

 

Albert- "But Christ is all, and is IN all. Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."

 

Geniuses 1,2,3,4,5 reenter carrying a box with one word on each (i.e. "compassion")

 

Genius 7- "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

 

Genius 8- "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

 

Genius 8 wraps a large red ribbon with a sign that says LOVE across the boxes.

 

Genius 9- "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace." (Dusts off old box and sits on it)

 

Genius 6- "And be thankful.

 

Genius 7- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, (uncover bible)

 

Genius 8- and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Uncover musical instrument/song book)

 

Albert- And whatever you do,

 

Genius 1- whether in word or deed,

 

Genius 2- do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, (remaining boxes in the shape of a cross).

 

Albert- give thanks to God the Father through him."

 

Geniuses exit.

 

Leslie- (Left behind, staring at that which her mind has become, she smiles as she finally understands.) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your Mind." Exit.

 

End

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