Blast from the (distant) Past
by Rex Hughes,
Core Value #3 : Follow the Directions
Teaching God’s Word for its Heart,
not its Language
I Corinthians 2:4
Chris P. Bacon
Star Trek Magazine and Insignia Pin
Dark Rimmed and Sun Glasses
Notes, and Pen
stage left and sits on the bench. He opens his Bible and begins reading it.
Enter Luke from
stage right when the time travel sound effect plays. He is in typical Middle Eastern garb, and backs onto the stage, looking
around himself in wonder and confusion. He backs up to Kevin and turns.
Luke: Oh.. I beg
worry about it.
of his answer) I’ll keep that in mind…
Luke looks around
sorry, but I seem to have lost my way. You wouldn’t happen to know where Corinth is, would you?
Just head due East… (Luke nods) board a plane, cross the Atlantic, and you should find your way.
What are you talking about?
Kevin: You know
you’re in America right?
Luke: And just what
is this “America”?
Kevin: This is a
Luke: Well you see,
one of my companions, Paul, he’s a missionary. I’ve been accompanying him on his journeys, writing down his exploits.
I’ve been thinking about calling it Deeds… Oh well. Anyway, he’s just been put under arrest, and wants me
to bring an epistle to Corinth, so…
Wait a minute, wait a minute. What you’re trying to say is… that you are Luke?
That is my name. How did you know?
Kevin: Lucky guess.
Enter Tim from
stage left. He carries a copy of the new Star Trek newsletter and wears an insignia pin, dark rimmed glasses, and overalls
with his pants pulled up too far.
Tim: Hey Kevin!
( trips over stage and falls before Kevin’s feet; Glasses fall off) Oops! Did I do that? Hehehe… (looks
Kevin: Oh no…
a fantastic day for Trekkies everywhere! I just got the new issue of Star Trek magazine! They have this psychedelic section
on the Klingon warship…
new season of Enterprise, and this brilliant article on wormholes! Wanna see?
Kevin: ( on edge
in seat; Tim is in his face) Maybe another time, Tim. Thanks though.
Tim: Ah. Alright.
Tim begins to
exit, walking past Luke. Luke stops him.
Luke: Just a moment,
son. What was this about… worm…?
You mean the space time continuum? Well, this here explains it. Page 34, section 4b…
Helps Luke turn
to it. Luke is astounded by what he sees.
Tim: Basically like
time travel. You can keep it if you want. I have ten copies… (pulls two copies out of overalls)
off) Time travel… yes! This is it! I must have walked into a wormhole!
Tim: Ha! Very funny
Luke: No really!
It must be! (shakes Tim’s hand) My name is Luke, and I am most grateful for your help, Timothy.
Tim: Luke Skywalker.
I get it.
to read the article, not looking away from it.
No, I’ve tread upon the earth all my life.
Tim gives him
a “whatever” look. He forms his fingers into the Vulcan sign as he makes a fake smile. Luke sees this
Tim: Live long and
prosper. (rolls eyes)
Tim exits stage
right, shaking his head.
Luke: (to Tim,
trying to do sign) You too! (looks to Kevin) Of all the rarities! I stepped through one of these, and ended up
in your time, which is…?
his eyes) 2004.
Luke: 2004!? Bless
me! So much must have changed! (looks at his book) What is that you’re reading?
Word, including “your” accounts.
Luke: Really!? The
Lord works wonders! He has let it exist to this day! I am sure His Word is valued by all who hear it.
Kevin: At least,
those who understand it.
Luke: What do you
Burt enters stage
left. He wears a leather jacket and sunglasses.
Burt: Hey Kev, what’s
shakin’ man? (high five) Up high.. Down low… in the middle, ooh! Too slow!
Kevin: Ah you got
me again, Burt! (sitting down) Just preparing for the group time.
Burt: Groovy! I
saw that guy you work with and your boss pull up. Bet you can’t wait to introduce them to the Word!
Burt turns to
Burt: Wassup, man?
Call me Bert. (does the secret hand shake, which Luke does not get)
sign) My name is Luke. Live long and prosper.
Love the outfit. Totally togatastic.
Luke: I was about
to say the same thing…
Burt: (hits chest
and gives a peace sign) Peace out.
Enter Mr. Deepfry
and Chris from stage left.
Mr. Deepfry: Ah,
Kevin! Kevin, my boy! How are you?
doing well, Mr. Deepfry, how are you? Hey Chris!
voiced, unenthused) Hey.
They pull up
chairs. Kevin introduces Burt to the guests.
Kevin: Burt, this
is my employer at Denny’s, Mr. Deepfry. And this is my coworker, Chris P. Bacon.
Now to get started, we’ll be visiting the book of Luke today…
Luke pulls up
a chair. Kevin stops and is slightly annoyed by his presence.
Anyway, in Luke 19:23-24, we find Jesus’ parable saying, “The noblemen said unto him, ‘Why did you not put
the money in the bank, that at my coming it would have collected interest?’ And he said unto those who stood by, ‘Take
the minas from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’” (Opens notes. Two guests have blank stares.)
So… what do you suppose this means?
effect. Deep silence.
Mr. Deepfry: Um…
I once hired a lady named Mina…
Chris: I remember
her. We called her Mean Mina…
Kevin: No, don’t
you see what Jesus is trying to say here? That we should use what is given to us…
to interject) Um, Kevin…
Kevin: Not now,
Luke! We are to use His gifts to us…
Chris: What gifts?
Are they wrapped?
The minas, what He is lending to us on Earth…
again. Kevin waits for a reply, but sighs in frustration. He stands up.
Kevin: I have to
go get a drink. I’ll be right back.
Mr. Deepfry: Well,
make it quick my boy! I have to be at a meeting soon!
Kevin walks stage
right. He holds his head. Luke gets up from his seat as the cell group sits in absolute silence.
Kevin: Oh man…
Luke: Kevin, what
seems to be the problem?
Kevin: What seems
to be the problem!? I’m done for, that’s what! They won’t understand any of my notes, and I can’t
go beyond what the verse says.
Luke: But you could
have gone farther than that.
Luke: Kevin, the
problem is is that they don’t understand the language I wrote the passage in. I understand that, because I found myself
having trouble understanding what people in 2004 are saying. (tries to form Vulcan sign; fingers don‘t part the right
Kevin: Why didn’t
you make it understandable, then? Are you saying the Bible is flawed?
Luke: No, not at
all. God’s Word is not flawed, but the language of the day never stays the same. I’m sure you have different translations,
Kevin: Well, there’s
these things called the Message and NIV, but I don’t like to use ’em. It really lessens the impact of God’s
Luke: But does it
say the same thing?
Kevin: Pretty much…
Luke: And everybody
today can understand it?
Kevin: Yeah, I guess.
But I’m a King James man! I’ve always been!
Luke: Kevin, what’s
important is not the language of God’s Word, but the message. As long as it means what it was meant to, you don’t
have to worry about it being less valuable. The heart of the words is what matters. The important thing is is that they understand
it, so that they can come to God’s truth.
Kevin: You know,
for someone so unbelievable, I’m finding myself believing you.
Luke: Good. Now
get back in there and guide them to God’s truth.
to walk stage left, but stops and looks back to Luke who walks the other way.
Aren’t you coming?
Luke: Oh, I think
I had better head back to my own time. I’m just glad to know there are people like you willing to keep spreading God’s
Kevin: But how will
you get back?
sure to find that wormgap again. I haven’t even finished Deeds, yet! Or maybe I should call it Acts… what do you
Acts is definitely a good name.
Luke exits and
Kevin sits down with the group. He opens his notes, but as he looks at them, he folds them up and puts them off to the side.
Let’s go over what this means.