Shield of Faith

Shield of Faith by Steve Conley

(originally posted to the Clown Ministry group at http://groups.yahoo.com)

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 6:16 NIV Zondervan

Cast: Clown 1, Clown 2

Props: A picture of Faith (female clown) on a shield. Cut a hole in the shield a place the end of a squirt gun or spray bottle in the hole.

(Clown 1 enters the stage crouching behind the shield. Peeking from behind the shield he says…)

Clown 1: Come on out you evil one! Come out, come out wherever you are!

(Clown 2 enters the stage)

Clown 2: What did you say?

(Clown 1 stands and squirts Clown 2 with the squirt gun from behind the shield)

Clown 2: Hey! Stop it! What do you think you’re doing?

Clown 1: Sorry, I thought you were the evil one.

Clown 2: Evil? Do I look evil to you?

Clown 1: Well.

Clown 2: Stop it! I know what you’re about to say and it’s not very nice.

Clown 1: No I don’t think you’re evil and you’re sure not a one.

Clown 2: A one?

Clown 1: Not “a one” the evil one.

Clown 2: The evil one?

Clown 1: Yes.

Clown 2: Who?

Clown 1: One.

Clown 2: Who is one?

Clown 1: Yes.

Clown 2: What is the name of one?

Clown 1: Really? I didn’t know that.

Clown 2: Wait! Just stop it! I’m starting to feel like Abbott.

Clown 1: And I’m starting to feel like Costello.

Clown 2: OK, tell me about the evil one.

Clown 1: Evil, just plain evil! Two is pretty nice, three is more. Four is…

Clown 2: Hold it!

Clown 1: What?

Clown 2: You mean the number one?

Clown 1: Yes who did you think I was talking about?

Clown 2: I thought you were talking about some one!

Clown 1: I was.

Clown 2: Never mind. Tell me, where did you come up with this crazy thought of yours?

Clown 1: Well it’s right there in scripture. Ephesians 6:16 says, “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

Clown 2: That passage of scripture is referring to Satan as the evil one.

Clown 1: Satan? (being scared)

Clown 2: Yes Satan will use all sorts of flaming arrows to attack us and your little squirt bottle will not help you any. The flaming arrows that Paul is speaking about could be any number of things such as, temptation, doubt, and greed. So who is that a picture of? (pointing to the shield)

Clown 1: That’s my friend Faith.

Clown 2: Oh, I see, the shield of faith.

Clown 1: She’s a good protector. I seen her arm wrestle my friend Pogo once and she put him down in nothing flat!

Clown 2: I’m sure she is very strong and would try to protect you if she could but taking up the shield of faith means believing in Jesus as your personal savior. Jesus is your greatest protection. As a matter of fact it is by His death on the cross and his resurrection that we have the power to defeat those flaming arrows that Satan tries to throw at us. The shield of faith isn’t about believing in your own efforts or righteousness. Trusting these things lead to discouragement and defeat. Instead, the shield of faith is about Christ’s power and certain victory.

Clown 1: I get it, faith in Jesus shields us from the burning deception of the devil.

Clown 2: I believe you have it! Can I see your shield and squirt gun?

Clown 1: Oh sure. (hands it to Clown 2)

Clown 2: This is nice. I’m sure it took a lot of work.

Clown 1: Oh it did.

Clown 2: Thanks for getting me all wet.

Clown 1: I’m really sorry about that.

(Clown 2 squirts Clown 1)

Clown 1: Hey! Stop it!

Clown 2: How does if feel?

Clown 1: Stop it! You’re getting me wet!

Clown 2: No, really?

(Clown 2 chases Clown 1 off stage squirting him)

Copyright 2002 by Steve Conley. Performing rights only.

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