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KINGDOM  5'3m4f Salvation allegory: Children of the King

(Scene: Throne room, Queen, Mrs Twig, Miss Cook enter together, 
stand along the path to the throne)

QUEEN - Oh, dear, the King will not be happy about this. He will 
not be happy at all.

AIDE -- (enters, pounds walking stick on floor, shouts) The king 
is coming. The king is coming. Make way for the King. (crosses 
to throne)

KING -- (enters, walks slowly to throne, nodding to each person 
who bows, sits on throne, nods to Aide) 

AIDE -- The king is on his throne. Let those having business 
before the king draw near and be heard.

KING -- Wait a minute. Wait a minute. This is the Kingdom of 
Perfection, the happiest kingdom on Earth. Why are there no 
smiling faces in my kingdom this morning?

AIDE -- I'm afraid that the news is not good, your majesty. 
(shouts) Send in the prisoners.

AMY --- (enters) Hi, Daddy.

BOB --- (follows) Hi, Dad.

KING -- Children, when I am on the throne, you must call me 
"Your majesty". 

AMY & BOB --- Yes, your majesty. (bow)

KING -- (looks around) Can anyone tell me why my children are 
being held prisoner?

AIDE -- They have broken the laws of the kingdom, your majesty.

KING -- Children, what do you have to say about this?

AMY --- It's no big deal, Daddy.... I mean, Your Majesty.

BOB --- Yeah, Dad, I don't know what all the fuss is about.

KING -- We shall see. (to Aide) Read the charges.

AIDE -- (reads from scroll) The princess is charged with 
cheating on her test at school.

KING -- This sounds pretty serious to me. Would you care to 
explain?

AMY --- Well, it was just a weekly quiz.

KING -- Who is the accuser here?

QUEEN - This is Mrs Twig, our daughter's teacher.

KING -- Mrs Twig, is this true. Did my daughter really cheat in 
school?

TWIG -- She was taking a test and I saw her look at her 
neighbor's test for an answer. When I looked on their tests both 
had the same wrong answer.

KING -- That's cheating! Cheating is not allowed in our perfect 
kingdom! Princess, what do you have to say for yourself?

AMY --- I forgot to study for the test, but I didn't want to 
admit it to anyone, so I cheated.

KING -- This kind of selfishness has no place in the Kingdom of 
Perfection. Read the charge against my son.

AIDE -- (reads from scroll) The prince is charged with greed 
and disobedience.

BOB --- He makes it sound like something really serious. It 
isn't like I was stealing from the poor or anything. What's all 
this fuss over a few cookies, Dad? I mean, Your Majesty.

KING -- Who is the accuser here?

QUEEN - Both the royal cook and I are the accusers in this case, 
your majesty.

KING -- Please`explain.

QUEEN - The royal cook had just baked a batch of cookies and the 
prince had already eaten several of them before I told him that 
more cookies would spoil his appetite for dinner.

KING -- But he ate more cookies anyway?

COOK -- Yes, your majesty, when he thought I wasn't watching, 
the prince ate two more cookies and put a handful of cookies 
into his pockets.

KING -- Children, do you know the name of this kingdom?

BOB & AMY --- Perfection.

KING -- That's right, The name of this Kingdom is Perfection. 
The reason people move to this kingdom when they could live 
anywhere else in the whole world is because this is the happiest 
kingdom on earth. The reason this kingdom is happy is because 
everything here is perfect. People in this kingdom are kind and 
generous with one another. If they were not, this would not be a 
perfect kingdom, and noone would want to live here. I can't let 
you get away with being selfish in a perfect kingdom.

BOB --- Yeah, but it was just a handful of cookies.

AMY --- It was just a stupid test, Daddy.... Your majesty.

KING -- Children, even the slightest hint selfishness creates 
unhappiness. And in order to insure that this kingdom remains a 
happy place to live, we can't allow ANY selfishness no matter 
how small it seems to you. (to Aide) What is the penalty for 
this kind of selfishness?

AIDE -- (reads from scroll) The law calls for the selfish people 
to be banished the kingdom forever, your majesty.

ALL --- (gasp)

KING -- Banished from the kingdom?!

AIDE -- That's the way the law reads, your majesty. The wording 
is very clear.

KING -- You mean expel them?! Kick them out?!

AIDE -- Yes, Your Majesty.

KING -- This won't do! This won't do at all! These children are 
the heirs to my throne. They will rule this kingdom some day.

AIDE -- There may be a way out of this predicament, Your 
Majesty.

KING -- Oh? How so?

AIDE -- The Bible says "Folly is bound up in the heart of a 
child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him."

KING -- You mean, a spanking for the prince and princess?!

ALL --- (gasp)

AIDE -- That was the solution in ancient times, your majesty. 
That way the price was paid for selfishness, so perfection and 
happiness could be maintained in the Kingdom of Perfection.

KING -- (deep breath) Very well, I hereby pass the sentence of 
spanking for my selfish children.

ALL --- (gasp)

AMY --- Daddy, no!
BOB --- Ah, come on, Dad!

AIDE -- Are you sure this is what you want to do, your majesty?

KING -- I have only two choices in this case. Either the 
children must be banished from the Kingdom of Perfection forever 
for their selfishness or they must be severely punished. I don't 
see any other way to maintain the perfection and happiness of 
the kingdom, do you?

AIDE -- I suppose not, Your Majesty. 

KING -- My queen?

MOM --- As painful as it is to see my children punished, I 
don't see any other way.

KING -- Well then, the penalty for selfishness is spanking and 
the penalty will be carried out immediately.... (removes his 
royal robe, drops it on the throne, removes his crown) ....On 
me.

ALL --- (gasp)

AIDE -- Did you say that YOU will take their punishment, Your 
Majesty?

KING -- (exiting) That's right. I will step down from my throne 
and take the punishment for my children so that they may remain 
in my kingdom forever.

ALL --- (bow as King passes, then follow King)

AMY --- (exiting tearfully) I'm sorry, Daddy.

AIDE -- (steps toward audience, pounds walking stick) Hear ye, 
hear ye, hear ye. The King has taken the punishment for his 
children. Let the kingdom rejoice and be glad in his sacrifice. 
(exits)

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