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MONUMENT 3'?m2f Salvation, ministry, works vs grace

AMY -- (enters pulling liz by the elbow) Right over here.

LIZ -- Where are you taking me?! I've already seen all the
landmarks in Washington, D.C.!

AMY -- (points broadly up and down with hand toward audience
back wall) There.

LIZ -- (inspects imaginary monument from bottom to top) The
Washington Monument?

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- I've already been there.

AMY -- You want to buy it?

LIZ -- Buy it?!

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- BUY the Washington Monument?!

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- No! I'm not going to BUY the Washington Monument!

AMY -- Why not?

LIZ -- Well, I can think of three reasons right off the top of
my head.

AMY -- I'm listening.

LIZ -- First, it's not for sale. Second, even if it was for
sale, there's no way I could afford it. Did you see how many
millions of dollars it took just to refurbish it?!

AMY -- You said there were THREE reasons why you wouldn't BUY
the Washington Monument.

LIZ -- Why would I want to BUY it when it already belongs to me?

AMY -- It already belongs to you?

LIZ -- Yes. As a citizen of this country, I am part owner of ALL
the possessions of the United States. Why would you think I
would want to BUY something that already belongs to me?!

AMY -- Those are good arguments. Don't they also apply to your
salvation?

LIZ -- You're not making any sense.

AMY -- Isn't your salvation exactly the same as the Washington
Monument?

LIZ -- How?

AMY -- First, it's not for sale. Second, even if it was for
sale, there's no way you could afford it.

LIZ -- Well, I guess you're right about that.

AMY -- And what about your third reason?

LIZ -- My third reason.

AMY -- The third reason you gave for not wanting to buy the
Washington Monument.

LIZ -- Oh. Because it already belongs to... me... (pauses) Oh.
(scratches head) Oh.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- I've been acting like I'm not a citizen of Heaven, like
I'm on the outside looking in, like I have to BUY my way back
in.

AMY -- When was the last time you read the Book of Galatians.

LIZ -- The Book of Galatians?!

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- Is that supposed to mean something to me?

AMY -- If you read the Book of Galatians once in a while, you
wouldn't be trying to buy something that already belongs to you.

LIZ -- This is not just about the Book of Galatians. You've been
after me for months to read my Bible.

AMY -- How would YOU feel if you created the universe and then
the creatures you created didn't read their owner's manual?

LIZ -- I'd think they were pretty stupid. Listen, I'm sorry. I
didn't realize.

AMY -- If you don't read your Bible, you forget how much God
loves you and how much he bought for you. (exiting) Come on. I
have a Bible in the car. It will only take a few minutes to read
the Book of Galatians.

LIZ -- (exiting) Yes. It's about time.

AMY -- Literally.

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