Friday, January 11, 2008

Psalm 82: Polytheism, Henotheism, Monotheism

(Outside Prophet is haranguing, Person was peacefully chillin’ out reading a book before Prophet shows up)
Prophet: God is one. God is one! All other gods are idols; you cook your food over the wood one day, pray to it the next! Foolish foolish people.
Person: Of course I have heard “The LORD our God, the LORD, is one.” But He is simply first among equals.
Prophet: What! No! All other God’s are idols.
Person: But Ba’al is El’s son!
Prophet: Ah... No... They’re Idols... Ah... It’s like this!
(God enters "council of gods" pours coffee for all the gods. Linger on coffee pot- pan across the pantheon)
God: (Sighs) You guys seriously! You aren’t doing your jobs!
(paces the floor, gods drink their coffee) I mean, how long are you going to rule wrongly and side with the wicked?
You’re supposed to side with the bastard child and the homeless. You’re supposed to help the hungry and save the oppressed from the oppressor!
(God looks around at the gods) Look at the lot of you! Its like you’re flying blind and bumping into things. Well those bumps are nasty, tsunamis get stirred up, the earth quakes, volcanos bellow, buildings fall.
(God shakes head) You are gods; you are as children to me. All of you. Yet, this is unacceptable. You know, I brought you into this world, I can take you out.
(gods start choking on poisoned coffee, fall over dramatically)
God: Arise, O God, judge the earth! For to thee belong all the nations! (Smiles and stands up)
(Back to Prophet and person)
Person: Oh... (Smile) God is one! All other gods are idols!

1 comment:

Katie Drefke said...

Cute. I think. I'll have to go read the "original" (per the NRSV) as soon as I dig my Bible out of the front seat of my truck.