This is not an exhaustive expository on this subject but I do believe that what I am about to share with you will make a great contribution to the subject matter – The Purpose of Christian Drama. This is one of my write-ups you don’t want to gloss over. This write-up will bless you in no small way if you read it with keen attention.
To enhance your understanding of this topic, it has been broken down into two parts. I also try to make my points as short and concise as possible.
Please make sure you read the part two of this note.
One of the purposes of drama is to entertain. A drama void of entertainment has lost its flavour. Not many Christian drama ministers will agree with me on this, but I am so convinced about this. The lack of entertainment in many Christian dramas makes it relegated to the background. Very few people want to watch Christian drama (Christian drama also includes Christian films) today because they don’t find it entertaining. But this shouldn’t be. If people could throng into a conference to listen to a preacher preach, people should also throng into a church or a theater as the case may be, to watch Christian drama.
Aimee Semple Mcpherson was one of God’s generals who valued and incorporated drama in her ministration.
The 5 thousand-seater Angelus Temple she built in California, had perfect acoustics. It was said that many Hollywood producers were hoping Aimee would fail so they could simply acquire the building to turn it into a theater. But Aimee wouldn’t fail, and she would eventually have it transformed into a theater herself. It was a theater for God.
Aimee believed that denominational churches had lost their cutting edge. Aimee truly believed the church had grown too cold and formal, while the world’s love for entertainment brought them encouragement, joy, and laughter. She also felt this to be the reason that so many Christians were hungry for entertainment.
When confronted by her critics and persecutors, she said, “Show me a better way to persuade willing people to come to church and I’ll be happy to try your method.
But please… don’t ask me to preach to empty seats. Let’s not waste our time quarreling over methods. God has use for all of us.”
Truly, God has use for all of us! And this is one of the reasons why many churches keep losing their members because they fail to appreciate their gifts.
Drama can be very instrumental in bringing joy and laughter and edification to the body of Christ if Church leaders would take seriously the drama ministry and monitor its operations.
We must not rule out the place of entertainment in Christian drama. If we fail to give the church the entertainment, they will go elsewhere to get it.
Psalm 16:11 says, “Thou will make known to me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
However, it is foolishness to bring the world to come and entertain us. And that is what is happening in many churches. We fail in our responsibility in recognizing and grooming the gifts of members of our churches. Now, the world has hijacked it. Instead of learning our lesson and start appreciating the gifts in our members so they can use it alright, we go out of our way to invite the world to come and entertain us with their drama. (Comedy inclusive).
And it is not as if there are no Christian Drama Group with sound drama presentation that could entertain and minister to the church, but in a bid to pull a crowd, we invite the renowned secular drama groups/comedians. And in entertaining us, they make light of sacred things of God and make a mockery of ministers and churches.
We shouldn’t forget 2 Corinthians 6:14 which says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?”
We mustn’t be unequally yoked with them let alone turn God’s altar to them to perform their ungodly drama.
This is where I shall be ending the part one of this article. In the second part, I try to strike a balance to the point raised in part one. Please read it.
About the Author
Alienyi E. Jeremiah is an author and a gifted Christian scriptwriter. He has written countless short scripts for stage and screen and a number full-length scripts for movies.
He’s also a professional cinematography and an editor. Alienyi E. Jeremiah is the current president of Pearly Gate Media, Nigeria.
Contact: 08185921449 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org