Friday, July 17, 2009

Christianity and improv

A good friend asked me to write about how Christians can be seen as ambassadors for Christ on the stage of improv.


Colossians 1:28-29 (New International Version)

28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.

As Christians we are called to set an example. The example we set is Jesus. The question is, where is your energy to do that? My energy is improv and God works powerfully in that. If I have the energy and passion I know I can let God use it for being the example.

Colossians 3:17 (New International Version)

17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

My improv needs to be a "thank you" to God. There's many ways to say thank you to God. Not falling into peer pressure and being vulgar is a way of saying thank you. Doing your best is a way to be grateful. Finally, this is my favorite, entertaining others is a great way to show thankfulness.

Colossians 3:2-3 (New International Version)

2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Improv is a tool that reveals the truth of your mind, body and soul. Many Christians are afraid of it because it has revealed that a lot of people are vulgar and irreverent in their mind, body and soul. my take on it is to never forget that improv was the tool that helped me see where I am vulgar and disrespectful and where I am strong. Good improv is good honesty and that teaches us where we stand. Ten minutes of play reveals your center of worship. The motivation for the Christian is to choose whether they want to strengthen the earthly side ( greed, insecurity, fear) or the heavenly side (selflessness, love, faith).

When people see my struggle toward one side I know that they see who I serve and what I am about.

Thank you.

1 comment:

KristyWes said...

Hey there,

Just ran across your site. As a Christian and a (beginning) Improv-er, I really appreciated this post.