GET UP

© Robert J. Lee 1997


Characters:

  • Amy
    Nominal Christian whose hypocracy shows through fairly easily.
  • Traci
    Friend of Amy's. She displays a higher commitment level.
  • Ted
    Commited Christian. Cares about people. Play him straight but be careful not to portray him corny.
  • Ernie
    Relatively new Christian with a drinking problem. Played with a mild slur. Not falling down drunk, but enough to recognize the drink in him.
    Amy:
    Hi Traci, you here to get a pizza?

    Traci:
    Oh hi Amy. We just finished eating. I'm going home and crash. I've had a grueling week. Ted's hanging around for a while.

    Ted:
    I'm meeting some friends here from our bible study. We're planning a work party to clean up the vacant lot by the church this Saturday. You're welcome to bring a shovel and join us.

    Amy:
    Well, I... I've got plans for this Saturday.

    Ted:
    No biggie. We'll have plenty of people.

    Traci:
    Well I've gotta get going. See ya tomorrow Ted.

    Ted:
    Ok Traci, I'll call you after work.

    Traci:
    See you Sunday Amy.

    Amy:
    I won't be there Sunday. One of the guys at work has a new ski boat, and we need to leave by seven to get to the launching dock before it's a madhouse. Why don't you guys join us? He said there's room for a couple more.

    Ted:
    Thanks, I'd take you up on it if it were Saturday.

    Traci:
    I'd rather not miss church, but thanks anyway.

    Amy:
    Oh sure no problem. I usually try to get tapes of the sermons I miss during the summer. I'm sure glad we serve an understanding God.

    Traci:
    Yeah... sure. I'll see ya.

    Ted:
    I thought you'd been sort of scarce lately.

    Amy:
    Hey c'mon it's summer. God knows we need vacations. Besides I still pray and read my bible.

    Ted:
    Ok, I'm not trying to lay anything on you, It's between you and God.

    Amy:
    Besides, at least I'm not a total embarrassment to the church like some of the people I see there on Sunday morning.

    Ted:
    Whaddya mean?

    Amy:
    Oh you know, the ones who come to church all holy and pious, and then can't even get out of the parking lot before they've got to light up.

    Ted:
    But maybe they haven't...

    Amy:
    And then there's these guys who never miss a service, but all week long they're cheating in their business deals, or cheating on their wives.

    Ted:
    Well y'know Amy, all I can be responsible for is my relationship with the Lord. Not anyone else's.

    Amy:
    Oh and what about that new friend of yours?

    Ted:
    Who do you mean?

    Amy:
    You know, the one who came forward a couple of months ago, and then pastor made a spectacle of him the next week about how God delivered him from alcoholism and all.

    Ted:
    You mean Ernie?

    Amy:
    (Doesn't see Ernie enter behind her.)
    The one who gave his testimony that night, and cried and carried on all over the stage, about how long he'd been drinking and how Jesus delivered him after AA had failed.

    Ted:
    Yeah that was Ernie. What about him?

    Amy:
    I don't want to gossip, but Jenny McDice sat next to him one morning this month and said he smelt like a still.

    Ted:
    How would she know what a still smelled like?

    Amy:
    (Ignores him)
    Like I said, not to be a gossip, but this is true you know, and anyway I was in here the other day, and was coming out of the restroom. There he was sitting at the bar. Maybe he should have given AA another try.
    (Ernie, holding a beer sticks it behind his back and backs away from the two.)

    Voice:
    Pizza number 23, number 23 please.

    Amy:
    Hey that's me. Don't spread this around. I wouldn't want it to get back to Pastor. It'd break his heart to know that the church would have a drunk as a member.
    (Turns and exits)

    Ted:
    (To himself)
    Or a gossip.
    (Sees Ernie trying to sneak out, hurries over to him)
    Hey Ernie man, where've you been.

    Ernie:
    Get away man. You don't want to get your reputation sullied by being seen with a drunk.

    Ted:
    So you heard her?

    Ernie:
    She's right. I've let you, the pastor, everyone down. I tried. I stayed sober for six weeks after I accepted Christ. But then some guy who said he was a Christian showed me that the bible doesn't say not to drink, just not to get drunk. So I say cool! I'll have a beer! I always had a pretty high tolerance so I figured two would be OK. Before I knew what I'd done it was six! I was drunk. Oh my God, I blew it!

    Ted:
    It's OK Bro'. We all sin, and...

    Ernie:
    Oh yeah right! Like you know about being in the muck! You and your nice Christian upbringing.

    Ted:
    Hold on there Brother. I hate to burst your bubble, but I'm not perfect. I've got areas I struggle with.

    Ernie:
    Oh yeah you're a real sinner aren't you. Oh, that's right. I heard you say dadgumit once. I'm a drunk, and the bible says I'm not to be part of the church. Just leave me alone before you get corrupted.

    Ted:
    Listen to me Ernie! I don't talk about it much, and The Lord has really strengthened me in this area, but I've had to struggle with it nearly every day since I got saved. I got into pornography when I was younger, and it's caused me some problems that I have to struggle with even to this day.

    Ernie:
    Wait a minute. You're always Mr. Clean. That can't be true. I thought once you were saved God took away all those problems.

    Ted:
    We all have weaknesses...

    Ernie:
    Yeah but I failed. You stay away from porn and all that stuff. I failed! You don't understand...

    Ted:
    (Softly)
    I've failed too.

    Ernie:
    What?

    Ted:
    I said I've failed. I've fallen into sin over the years. We all have weaknesses.

    Ernie:
    I thought you were Mr. spiritual, and you're just living a lie like me?

    Ted:
    No, I said I sinned. I have fallen, but each time, I've gotten back up. Praise God. Jesus has helped me get up.

    Ernie:
    But this is a physical problem man. I can't just quit. If I get up how can I keep from falling? What do I do now?

    Ted:
    We need to pray.

    Ernie:
    How can I pray in this condition? What's God gonna say? Ted what am I gonna do?

    (Falls weeping, to his knees)
    Ted:
    I don't pretend to have all the answers, not even most of them. But I do know where to find them. I know who the answer is.

    (Singers enter. These are the friends Ted has been waiting for. They see Ted and Ernie. Without words, Ted expresses his worry and concern. The song used is director's choice. Any song that ministers to the situation. Let the singers act out their love and concern for Ernie by comfoting him, and helping him to his feet. One nice touch would be to take the beer can and toss it asside as he gets up. As song ends Ernie gets up hugs Ted, singers, etc. All exit.)

    Singer:
    Hey Ernie, you got a shovel?

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