(The skits performed were written for us and it was only after that was I informed of these names as characters from the 70’s under the general title Pillars of the Assembly. I have no current access to that material.)
Today was our first skit, oh excuse me, drama as Henry and Doris. Since many of my readers could not make it to Tennessee today, let me fill you in.
Henry and Doris are the worst hypocrites on the planet put here to teach us all how not to behave as Christians. They are the ones non Christians point to when they say that the church is full of them, or “it,” depending on your level of experience. It was fun to ham it up as them. We are not Henry and Doris (anymore), but let me tell you, we have met them, sometimes outside our home, sometimes in our rotten old natural selves.
Henry and Doris are sitting in their house. Henry is reading his paper, Doris is clipping coupons. The dog barks, needing to let out. Without repeating the entire script verbatim, here’s the nutshell.
They are sniping at each other using scripture as ammo. She had told him to take the dog out. He had told her to take the dog out. “Wives, obey your husbands.” Ohhh, but “Husbands, love your wives.”
She thinks he should be doing something, anything but sitting. He likes doing nothing. She quotes Proverbs 19:15. “Laziness brings on deep sleep and a shiftlessssssss man goes hungry.” Ohhhh, but Proverbs 21:9 says “It is better for a man to live on a corner of the roof than to dwell with a quarrelsome woman.”
At this point two people from the local church call on them. Suddenly they put on their church faces and fake smiles just until the door closes after the visitors. She snaps at him for even answering the door. He reads the scripture from the pamphlet, Colossians 3:12-14 “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (The Message translation).
Being Henry, he pointed to Doris, saying how amazing it was that God knew just what she needed to hear, then seeing her face, apologized.
I’m looking forward to what Henry and Doris are up to next.