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SODOM    4'1m*f RT: The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

(RT == Readers' Theater: requires little or no memorization,
little or no rehearsal. An indefinite number of reporters are
salted throughout the audience.)

LOT -- (enters wearing tunic, headdress and sandals, crosses to
podium) Good morning. My name is Lot. I'm a former resident of
the city of Sodom. As you all know, both Sodom and Gomorrah were
completely destroyed recently. And there were no survivors.

REPORTER -- Is it true that the two cities were destroyed by
fire raining down from the sky?

LOT -- That's right.

REPORTER -- How does fire rain down from the sky?

LOT -- It was burning sulfur. I could smell it.

REPORTER -- But you didn't feel it?

LOT -- No. The burning sulfur fell only on the two cities.

REPORTER -- So, you must have been outside of the cities when
the sulfur began to fall.

LOT -- That's right.

REPORTER -- How is it that you just happened to be outside the
cities when they were destroyed?

LOT -- My family was evacuated from the city before the
disaster.

REPORTER -- WAS evacuated? Are you saying that someone warned
you about the disaster and told you to leave?

LOT -- That's right.

REPORTER -- Who told you to leave?

LOT -- It was two messengers from the God of my uncle Abraham.

REPORTER -- Messengers? You mean angels?

LOT -- That's right.

REPORTER -- How did these angels know that the disaster would
happen?

LOT -- Because they were the ones who caused the disaster.

REPORTER -- You mean the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah were
caused by the god of Abraham?

LOT -- That's right.

REPORTER -- Why would God want to destroy two whole cities and
every living person in them?

LOT -- Because of their sexual immorality.

REPORTER -- You mean God destroyed two cities and thousands of
people and animals because the citizens played around a little?!

LOT -- It was more serious than "playing around a little". These
people were obsessed with sex. They even tried to rape the
angels who came to evacuate my family.

REPORTER -- Yes. But it was just sex. Why kill them and destroy
their town?

LOT -- Sexually immorality produces sexually transmitted
diseases. These people were having sex with children and
animals. Everything was infected with diseases. The only way to
wipe out the diseases was to wipe out the carriers of the
diseases.

REPORTER -- What do you say to critics who claim that the REAL
reason Sodom and Gomorrah were wiped out was because of their
lack of hospitality?

LOT -- These so-called critics don't know much about what went
on in Sodom and Gomorrah. The attempted rape of two angels is
not merely a lack of hospitality. It is an afront on God
himself.

REPORTER -- Is it true that not everyone in your family made it
out of Sodom alive?

LOT -- That's right. My wife was killed

REPORTER -- How did she die? Was she hit my flying debris?

LOT -- No. The angels warned us as we were leaving the city not
to look back. Unfortunately, my wife couldn't resist looking
back. And when she did, she was instantly turned into a pillar
of salt.

REPORTER -- Why would the god of Abraham turn her into a pillar
of salt merely for looking back?

LOT -- The Lord God calls it being double-minded. My wife hadn't
really left the cities behind. She still had some allegiance to
them. She didn't think that their sexual immorality was so bad.
My uncle Abraham had begged the Lord God to spare all the
righteous people of Sodom and Gomorrah. So, I suspect that this
was God's way of telling us that one of our family members was
not all that righteous after all.

You'll have to pardon me now. I am required by family custom to
begin a period of mourning for my dead wife. (exits)

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