Most of us love stories. I was read to as a child. When my dad was on shore leave from the Navy we had a gluttony of stories (mostly the classic fairy stories, but it was because dad was reading that it became an event)!
Stories are scripts! They can be about anything, teaching us profound truth or just sheer drama for sheer drama’s sake. And when heard enough times, they can become a script that shapes how we view the world (To this day I don’t eat green beans because of Jack and the Beanstalk.)
Theatres have scripts. The script shapes the play, in contour, flow, character development and dialogue, each actor playing their part! It is the controlling element in the play. It was Shakespeare who said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” So a stage has a script and we are all beholden to that script!
And everyone on the planet has a script. We have our own personal script, and we all partake in group-scripts, like the golf club, social club or the church. Each group, each church also has a script. The reason why I’ve chosen the text (or script if you prefer) in Rom 12:1-2 is because the Bible, the Gospel, insists that our scripts need to change. The classic Gospel call to “repent and believe”, is an invitation to change the script, the script of the Old Adam to the script of the New Adam, which is Christ Jesus. Continue reading