Sportscenter Gospel

Possible Spiritual Points: This skit attenpts to show that God can handle any problems that you lay on him. Many people feel that they have to get their life right before going to God, this attempts to show the futility of that possition and the loving heart of God. Will a little debrifing this could be a good salvation skit. It also touches on the pain of abortion from the guys perspective.

Characters:

Steve

Matt

Setting: This skit takes place in a living room. The setting is simple. You just need a couple of chairs and a remote control. When the skit opens Steve is sitting alone in one of the chairs. Either reading or watching the “TV” that is assumed to be somewhere between him and the audience. Matt walks in and the dialogue begins.

Steve: Hey, Matt, where have you been all night?

Matt: It was awful. Molly forced me to watch a Meg Ryan marathon.

Steve: (visibly upset. puts his hand on Matt’s shoulder) Man, I’m sorry.

Matt: And it isn’t like we got to watch any of the good ones. When she pulled out Sleepless in Seattle I though OK, it’s just one movie I can get through it, but when she said she put in City of Angles I thought I was going to bolt for the door. It is amazing what hormones can make you suffer through. (laughs) and people think that a mother pulling a car off of her trapped child is amazing. (grabs remote control)

Steve: So how is Molly doing anyway?

Matt: I don’t know; we didn’t talk about it much.

Steve: Did she tell her parents?

Matt: (very harshly) Why tell them now it’s already been taken care of?

Steve: Are you OK, do you want to talk about this?

Matt: Not right, now (lightening up and trying to change the subject) I am jonesing for a hit of SportsCenter. So did anything good happen?

Steve: (notices the mood change and shrugs) I don’t know I just caught the end of the 10 o’clock

Matt: (hit’s the on button) Ah, SportsCenter!

(both guys look at each other and sing the Duh na na, Duh na na SportsCenter theme.)

Matt: So what did you do tonight?

Steve: I went over to Bill’s to for bible study

Matt: Oh that’s right it is Tuesday isn’t it.

Steve: You know you should go over there with me sometimes.

Matt: I know, I know, I will one day I promise.

(both wince at something on SportsCenter)

Steve: Man, that has got to hurt.

Matt: Don’t worry he can take it; he’s a hockey player.

Steve: How in the world can he get up and play after a hit like that. He lost three fingers and has a bone sticking out of his leg.

Matt: (a little more intense than he should be) You’ve got to be tough, there is nothing that you can do about the pain so you just have to play through it.

(Steve looks at Matt and then pauses as he musters up his courage again)

Steve: Is that what you’re doing? Playing through the pain?

Matt: Look man I said I don’t want to talk about it right now.

Steve: Sorry, I just wanted to let you know that I care. I know this is tough.

Matt: What’s so tough? The problem is taken care of.

Steve: If that is the case then why is it eating you up inside. Matt, it was your baby too. It’s OK to be upset.

Matt: (pretty close to yelling) Steve, I said I don’t want to talk about it right now alright!

(both of them look back at SportsCenter. There is another long pause. When Matt speaks again he speaks in a low voice looking at the television not at Steve.

Matt: (presented in a near deadpan as if he is really just thinking out loud)The funny thing is, if she would have asked me, I would have told her to get the abortion. Maybe that’s why she didn’t ask. (pause) Now I know that I don’t have a problem anymore, but I can’t help thinking about it. (pause) For the past three days I have been going through the motions of my life, but I feel like I am trying to swim through Jell-O. Sometimes I feel so guilty I don’t even want to move.

Steve: Matt I have no idea what in the world you are feeling right now, but I know someone who does.

Matt: And who is that?

Steve: God.

Matt: Steve, I don’t really need a sermon right now, Ok.

Steve: No sermon, just letting you know that God is available and wants to help you.

Matt: I can’t go to God now.

Steve: Why, because you have to be a man, be tough play through the pain.

Matt: That’s right, I don’t want to run to God when my whole life is falling apart that just seems like a cop out.

Steve: That’s like saying you want to get better before you go to the doctor so he won’t see that you are sick. Matt, the only one who can put back the pieces of your life is Jesus. The bible says to cast your cares on Christ because he care for you.

Matt: Why would He want to help me, to hear pro-lifers talk on television I am His number one enemy.

Steve: Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. It doesn’t matter how good you are it doesn’t matter how bad you are. All that matters is Christ.

Matt: (runs his hands through his hair and takes a deep breath)I would like to know what it felt like to feel peace again.

Steve: Jesus can forgive you of your sins and let you know what it feels like to be clean again. He can give you a peace like you have never known.

Matt: (clearly weakening trying to find any old excuse) Steve there is just no way. You don’t know all of the things that I have done.

Steve: God knows, and the bible says that He loves you anyway. Your sin was paid for a long time ago when Jesus died on a cross. All you have to do is accept it.

Matt: I just don’t know.

Steve: Come on Matt, pour your cares out on Him, give up all of your guilt and your pain and let Christ carry it. Don’t worry, He can take it, (smiles) He’s a hockey player.

1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.