Sunday, April 18, 2010

You Ca'nt Ad-lib Shakespeare( Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Listen to what I'm fixin to tell ya)

The News has recently come out that Christian singer Jennifer Knapp has come out as a Lesbian.She continues to sing songs about her faith in Jesus. She and other Christian musicians say that "same sex" sexual relationships are completely compatible with being a follower of Jesus- that the Bible does not forbid such relationships. As you might guess- I disagree- This is My response :

In High School I did a little acting.. I was mostly a music guy.. but I was blessed to be involved in some of the joint efforts of the music and drama departments... we had a blast.. I remember being in "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream".. One of the actors- a very talented actor named Steve was caught trying to do the un-thinkable during rehearsal .. He was on a roll... he spoke his lines perfectly and clearly... and then.. it happened... he started making up his own lines... - immediately a loud booming voice came from somewhere in the dark... " Mr. Whitney... you can't do THAT.... You ca'nt AD-LIB Shakespeare... this is not a soap opera... it just does'nt work with THIS- you ca'nt make it up as you go along".. well... Steve worked a little harder on the script and did a wonderful job... I think about that day... when all of us were given that warning...." you ca'nt make it up as you go along"... it's true- we HAVE to follow the SCRIPT... if we do'nt, it changes everything... the entire production becomes something it was never meant to be. It's like quoting lines from" Lil Abner" while you are doing " Death Of Salesman" - Daisy May winds up being Willy Loman's mistress- we KNOW it was'nt her... SHE doesnt BELONG there....

All of us that follow the Nazarene have a "Script" of sorts... IT tells us HOW to "ACT" it tells us what kind of "lines" belong in this play... what fits.... whats out of place... it tells us the "roles" that we are to play... and HOW to play them..- but these are troubled days, many who claim allegiance to the Messiah are deviating from the script, they've ignored the directions... the roles that are clearly defined are being mocked and forsaken... " Sorry God, I know you wanted me to "play" it THAT way... but I have a better Idea... right here... yes- there on page 37... where it says that "Man shall leave His Father and His mother, and cleave unto His WIFE, and they shall become ONE FLESH".. yes.. there.. well... I am gonna ad-lib.. I am going to make it up as we go along...I know that ALL throughout the script, this relationship is emphasized, the UNION between male and female is exclusively spelled out as being the ultimate picture of Jesus and His bride -the Church.... but do'nt ya know that me and some of the other actors have looked at the script and... we think that when YOU wrote this play, you REALLY didnt mean what SOME people say you meant.. I mean- after all... the parts of the play about Loving others, not judging, giving to others, ... .. well those parts are EASY to understand- thats all pretty clear- we know what they mean.. but where you talk about how that the sexual relationship is supposed to be exclusively between ONE woman and One man in the marriage relationship???? well...... we ca'nt REALLY trust THAT interpretation can we???? We wanna ad-lib.. nope.. more than that we wanna change the "play" into something else.... and we are going to shout it out loud so that all will know it.. we do'nt like the roles you have given us.. and do'nt say that we"protesteth too much"- we are just following our feelings....

Ok Guys let's try again from Scene three-

" Juliet, Juliet- Lady Montangue says that your eyes are like doves, she requests that you come and be her life companion and live in her castle - She will play love songs to you upon the Lyre!!

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