Getting Rich by Gambling

Getting Rich by Gambling

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
  • Most POY! skits require no practice in advance.
  • Have any small children play a brief part. Most scripts have an optional part for children, listed last under Participants.
  • Most scripts have a Narrator who should read the script beforehand to see how to keep moving the story along.
  • It is not necessary to employ costumes and objects, unless the skit recommends such.
  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.

PARTICIPANTS

Mr. Learner, who also serves as Narrator

Mr. Wise

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT

Learner

Mr. Wise, I was waiting to talk to you after worship. Maybe you can help with a problem.

Wise

I can try. How are things going since you trusted Jesus as your Savior last month?

Learner

I’m happier; I have victory over my vices now. Well, most of them. One vice still bugs me.

Wise

Which vice, brother Learner?

Learner

Ah… Gambling… Betting. I’ll bet on anything! I can’t resist the temptation.

Wise

Hmm. I believe you can, Mr. Learner. Simply trust the Almighty to provide what you need without taking it from another.

Learner

Taking it? I don’t rob anyone anymore, Mr. Wise.

Wise

Not directly, Mr. Learner. But when you win bets, you make others lose. You gain, another goes without. Your family wins, another family lacks.

Learner

Oh! I never thought of that. Hurting others never crossed my mind.

Wise

I don’t mean an occasional, playful bet, but compulsive gambling that seeks wealth not by productive labor, but by taking others’ money. What you win by gambling, someone had to earn by honest work ? and lose. Gambling can be a form of laziness. Proverbs 6:6 says, “Go to the ant, O sluggard. Observe her ways and be wise.”

Learner

True, Mr. Wise. I’ve wanted to win enough so that I wouldn’t have to work anymore. Okay, I’m going to be an ant! A very busy ant!

Prompter & Companions

Busy ant! Busy ant!

Wise

2Thessalonians 3:10-11 says, If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either… Some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all.”

Learner

Ouch! That hits me, Mr. Wise.

Wise

Gambling can become a dangerous addiction. It has plunged thousands of families into poverty. Many, after losing their family’s life savings, have committed suicide.

Learner

I’ve thought about that.

Wise

Then now is the time to stop idolizing the goddess of luck. Let’s pray.

Prompter & Companions

Trust God, not the goddess of luck.

Learner

Mr. Wise, every week I’ll report my progress to you in avoiding gambling. Oh, praise God for freedom!

Prompter & Companions

Freedom! Freedom!

DISCUSS

2 Thess. 3:10 says if one is not willing to work, he is not to eat (what the church provides). In what way might this principle apply to seeking wealth by gambling?

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