Short Dramas and Plays
GAMESHOW Test Your Christian Knowledge
TEST YOUR CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE
© 2006 David Ian
Applying Biblical Knowledge
Loving Your Neighbor
Game show set
Two characters get their Christian Knowledge tested; little do they know the test is not necessarily on the set
As first performed September 2nd, 2006 at Antioch Baptist in Rochester, Indiana:
Levi Pitman as CHRIS PAULSON, GAMESHOW HOST
Rachel Haston as HEATHER MCCANN, GAMESHOW CONTESTANT
Stephen Hall as HARVEY CARLTON, GAMESHOW CONTESTANT
MUSIC (Theme Show Music Up and Out)
CHRIS: Welcome to Test Your Christian Knowledge. I’m your host, Chris Paulson. And now let’s meet our contestants. First off we have Heather McCann from Walla Walla Washington. Hello Heather.
CHRIS: Tell us a little about yourself.
HEATHER: I attend a local community church and I have been the choir director there for twelve years.
CHRIS: That’s great, Heather. And next is Harvey Carlton from Mission Bay, California. Tell us about yourself, Harvey.
HARVEY: I go to the greatest church in town and I sell insurance “for a lifetime”.
CHRIS: Great Harvey. Let’s get underway with your Christian knowledge. First is our section on Book Knowledge; how well do you know your Bible? Hands on buzzers, here’s your first question. For 10 points, finish this triumphant phrase: “A sword for the Lord and for…”
CHRIS: Yes, Heather?
CHRIS: --Is the correct answer for 10 points, you’re first out of the gate. Now, for another 10 points up for grabs, finish this phrase, “Skin for skin. All that a man has, he will give for his….
HARVEY: Life! “All that a man has he will give for his life!”
CHRIS: Very good! We’re off to a tight game, tied at five points apiece. Now we go into the “Who Am I?” round, and again, for 10 points, listen closely: “I was beaten and beaten for refusing to go on, finally, I had to talk to get my master’s attention. Who am I?”
CHRIS: Yes, Harvey?
HARVEY: Balaam’s donkey?
CHRIS: --Is the correct answer and now Harvey has taken the lead. Listen now again for “Who Am I?” Here’s your clue for 10 points: “Even though I was a lowly Hebrew girl, I became queen of all Persia and Media. Who am I?”
CHRIS: Heather can tie the game if she’s right.
CHRIS: And she does! Well done and we’re all tied up at the end of our “Book Knowledge” section at 20 points a piece. Now we go into a new section called “People Knowledge”, and Harvey you’re starter. Ready Harvey?
HARVEY: You bet, Chris.
CHRIS: Okay, here we go. For ten points, what kind of work does your next door neighbor Bill do, Harvey?
HARVEY: What? What kind of a question is that?
CHRIS: I’ll read it again: “What kind of work does your next door neighbor Bill do?”
HARVEY: Uh, computers, I think.
CHRIS: No, I’m sorry Harvey, the answer is “house construction”. That’s right, your neighbor does “House Construction”. No points there, I’m afraid. All right, now Heather, are you ready?
HEATHER: I’m ready, Chris.
CHRIS: Your next door neighbor, Gladys, has a chronic health problem—
HEATHER: Oh, yes, she has arthritis, poor thing. It always bothers her when she tries to get some gardening done. I’ve finished pulling her weeds for her sometimes when she just can’t get it all done herself.
CHRIS: Well, if that answer isn’t worth ten points, I don’t know what is, and you are in the lead now, Heather!
CHRIS: Okay, Harvey, you can tie it all up with an answer to this question in “People Knowledge”. Are you ready?
HARVEY: I, uh, think so, Chris.
CHRIS: Okay, here’s your second question: “Your other next door neighbor, Carl, just recently lost a family member. Which was it, Harvey?”
HARVEY: Oh, uh, Carl? Is that his name? Um, lesse, his uh, mother?
CHRIS: No, Harvey, I’m afraid that’s not correct. It’s “Sister”. Yes, “Sister” is the answer we’re looking for.
HARVEY: Well, how am I supposed to know?
CHRIS: He told you, Harvey, I’m afraid. But now, Heather, we have one more question for you in “People Knowledge”, and you’re ahead by ten points. Now here we go: Your other next door neighbor, Jenny, has been out of work for how long? How long has she been out of work?
HEATHER: You know, Jenny lost her job right before her son’s birthday, and she was so worried about it, so we hosted it for her and had everyone at our house, and it was a great surprise party. That was six weeks ago, Chris.
CHRIS: Six weeks is right! And with ten more points Heather has taken a commanding lead in this episode of “Test Your Christian Knowledge” with the scores Heather 40, Harvey 20. But now we’re down to the final question which is worth 25 points, so it’s still anybody’s game. Hands on buzzers here we go: “The greatest commandment is—
HARVEY: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength!”
CHRIS: Which is correct, Harvey—
CHRIS: But is not the answer we are looking for. The answer we’re looking for is: “What is the second commandment that is like it?”
HARVEY: Oh! Oh! Uh.. Judge not, lest you be judged! No! Wait! Money is the root of all evil! No! Children obey your parents!
HEATHER: Uh, Chris?
CHRIS: Yes, Heather?
HEATHER: I believe the answer is, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
CHRIS: That’s right, and Heather is today’s winner!
HARVEY: Wait, I had that one! I knew that one!
CHRIS: That’s doubtful, Harvey. Actually, that’s quite doubtful. You did well in Bible Knowledge, but not so well in its application. And with that, I’m Chris Paulson, join us next time for “Test Your Christian Knowledge”!
MUSIC: Theme music up and out
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Great message - one we can't be reminded of enough.
David, really enjoyed this creative story stressing the point of loving others. Great job!
I like it. That's cute.