It almost seems the expression “Opps” was coined for those moments when life just happens unscripted. The unscripted moments of life seems always full of surprises. Surprises can be either good or bad. Jesus seems to think it’s the former, and recommends it. We are not suppose to imitate Christ, we are suppose to allow enough room in us for him to happen. Jesus instructed his disciples not to bring a script with them, among other things which we by habit consider as guaranteeing our preparation to the task as responsible people. It’s just not responsible not to have these things for the journey. Unscripted moments of late have brought down many people in the media, that’s why if you want to survive, you give the public the scripted version of yourself. Unscripted, is life unfolding in real time—the camera didn’t get that; scripted however, is life on a real……of film. It smacks of, and is synonymous what is fake. Life happens in an unscripted mode. Things that are scripted are a regurgitated version of life; life pretended. God does not want a pretended life for us, if you can imagine a life for yourself it is too small, cause you can’t imagine God, he happens in the moment.
There is any amount pretentiousness that goes hand in hand with writing scripts so that the real challenge is not in writing it, but making it seem real, making the script come alive. It’s already been played through in the writer’s mind, so there is no immediacy of things unfolding, but it has to appear to be so for it is to be successful; that’s what all the acting is about. When man writes a script he necessarily has to infuse his “life” into it to make it come alive. In an age when lawsuits, and ambulance chasers are more ubiquitous than the common pigeon on a city street, people are understandably reluctant to make a step without quantifying the risks of that step taken. Among the things Jesus counseled the disciples not to take with them when they would go forward to minister was as a script. See that you take with you no script.
Recently on GMA they had a female performer dancing, when one of her sisters jumped braw, and was just out there for all the see. The network could block that exposure from the West Coast viewing audience, but they had to apologize to their East Coast live audience who, ready of not….there it was—unscripted and all.
Today we understand script to mean programs that are written to drive various applications on the computer; or the story line for a play that is to be performed. In any case if things do not go according to that script the consequences could be dire. I’m not particularly interested here in the various shades of meanings that can be reflected in the Greek, Chaldee, Hebrew, Latin, or even the Jamaican translation of the word “script”, for heaven’s sake. We know what a script is, and when you go unscripted…..seldom do good things come of it. Yet, Jesus advised…..go unscripted. Recently on GMA they had a female performer dancing, when one of her sisters jumped braw, and was just out there for all the see. The network could block that exposure from the West Coast viewing audience, but they had to apologize to their East Coast live audience who, ready of not….there it was—unscripted and all.
Unscripted. Go unscripted. In the churches today you know a whole month or more ahead what the script is going to be, and there’s just no going ahead without it. We know who is going to preach, sing, teach, comment, read the scripted programs for the scripts, play the piano…..nothing is left to chance. It’s a wonder we don’t have one of those scripted piano that just plays by programmed sheets. These days, you have as commonplace, many deaths as a result of Co2, and Radon gas poisoning in new construction homes. They are built so airtight with vapor blocking barriers, and insulation up to wazoo that forget about a fly, not even air can get in or out without it being in the script. Older houses like mine, you have to watch out you don’t get blown over by the mighty drafts that are known to have the run of the place, providing frequent atmospheric exchanges through the house; but these new house….no air gets in, no air gets out. The Holy Spirit doesn’t care to be scripted. If you can see God coming, it isn’t him. It’s almost as though every thing God tells us not to do we go ahead and do it any way with reckless blissful abandon, and we wonder why we are not seeing the results in the churches that we desire. God forbid someone should preach without a script, sing an unscripted song.
The script that rules in the church is our new king; it rules the church in all of it’s inglorious manifestations the way it ruled Israel. Their script grew from 10 commandments to six hundred and thirteen. The almighty script.
Last night I attended the closing ceremony of my kid’s Vacation Bible School. The skits were understandably scripted, the message was delivered form a prepared written schematic from which the speaker barely lifted up his head long enough to make eye contact, slides which were pre-selected to illustrate the scripted programs, and songs that were projected on the wall, but what no one saw, was the handwriting on the wall. We are in dire straits, though not quite as tight as the straight jacket we’ve put on the Holy Spirit. I think that’s just about the only definition we’re not so keen to query the archives for —“quenching the Holy Spirit”. Instead of life happening right there for them to experience, these people’s energies were focused on learning a script as it was presented to them, instead of expressing unfettered joy in the Holy Ghost. Closing comments, as you guessed it by now, were thought out before hand and offered by the leader who attempted a definition of religion as not being what they were doing as opposed to what man does. With that kind of ironclad denial, you got to wonder if there’s actually any hope for better. When you bring a script to minister you are telling God to take the back seat, we got it under control.
Absent the power of God in demonstration you have to put forth more strength to write more script instead of just experiencing God in the moment. What do you mean experience God in the moment….that can’t be scripted. Well, that just the idea, God is real he lives and want to be not a part of your life, he is all of it, of it or none of it. None of us was there to help him die, he died alone……none of us are required to help him live; if we want to participate, the script calls for us to die, but we can’t seem to handle that. We’d be too insignificant. Well compared to God that’s self evident, and that’s why he revealed his glory to you because it is given to you, it’s what he has in mind for you…. to be him, but that can’t happen until you die totally. DEATH IS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT FATAL! Try it, if you want to experience God’s script for you to be him…the gift of God he gave to Abraham, and confirmed in Jesus for you.