Drama

Posted on 09/14/2014 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Well, today, I'd like for us to take a look at a subject that even those who say they hate it, most of us like it. We like it alot.

In fact, we're desperately addicted to it. We like to watch it on T.V. We like to talk about it on Facebook and other social media. We like to think about it. We like to read about it. And even if we think we hate being involved in it, we love hating it, and, without even knowing it, we seek more opportunities to hate it first hand. That's why some of us keep encountring it so often.

And that thing that has many of us hooked like junkies is........ Drama.

And I'm not talking about acting. Instead, I'm talking about the fourth definition in my dictionary:

A situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent.

This is the type of "drama" that would be used in the term "Drama Queen."

And this type of drama comes from the corrupt fleshly mind, as it makes an enemy out of someone in a subconscious attempt to build up its false image of self.

It's the same thing that, throughout history, has resulted in lynch mobs and unwarranted crucifixions. Today, it just makes for very spicy and really tiresome social media chatter.

Most of us here probably don't get involved in drama. In fact, you're probably wondering when I'll talk about something that actually applies to you. But just like complaining, drama, the close relative of grumbling, is something that goes on extensively in the Church despite the Bible's clear condemnation of it.

Titus 3:1-3 (NKJV)

1 Remind (the believers) to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

So verse two instructs us to speak evil of no one. Why? Well, verse three says, "For we were also once foolish, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another." In other words, because we're walking in humility. We're too human to be puffed up with the pride that is necessary for drama to exist.

As Proverbs 26:20 (NIV) says,

20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

If you don't keep it going, the drama fizzles out. It depends upon your cooperation with your flesh. And without pride, it just falls flat before it even begins.

"Yeah, but so-and-so did something really horrible, and I need to tell everyone about it."

Why? If they did something illegal and you need to stop them to protect others, report it to the authorities. If someone else is in danger because of what someone is doing, you might need to let that person know. But in the attitude of humility, not to stir up drama.

But do you need to post it to Facebook so everyone else can feed on the resulting drama and can say things that will give your fleshly mind an even greater drama fix? What will that accomplish? Maybe it will make people feel better about themselves, because THEY wouldn't do what THAT person did. And because of human pride, it makes them feel good to pass judgement on someone else.

Even if the facts aren't in, the jury announces a verdict of "guilty." The jury... or the mob, take your pick. It's against Godly Love, and it is in opposition to true humility.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (NKJV), the author says this:

9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;
11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,
12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

So verse 11 instructs us to lead a quiet life and to mind our own business. Obviously this isn't saying that we shouldn't intervene if someone is in danger; rather, it is saying that we shouldn't stir up and spread drama.

And this is in the context of brotherly love. Consider this: much of the drama that gets passed around depends upon certain assumptions. And here's what I mean by that:

In almost every situation, there are blanks -- things we simply do not and perhaps can not know. And our mind fills in those blanks with assumptions. And most of us accept our mind's assumptions as facts. At least, factual "enough" for us to believe they're true.

"If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck..." and so-on.

And you know what? It might BE a duck! But what good will it do ANYONE to announce to the whole world that Susie Smith is really a duck? It feeds nothing but the flesh. And we should have no part in it whatsoever.

Amen?


Here's a passage that begins with a widely misused verse.

Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)

1 "Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Judge not, that you be not judged. Of course anyone who identifies with and is holding onto a sin that someone is exposing as wrong, they might quote that verse as though it applies. But the Bible, in many, many places, clearly condemns sin. Sin is, after all, what nailed Jesus to the cross. Yes, it was His Love for us that kept Him there, but let's be honest here: without sin, OUR sin, Jesus would not, COULD not, have suffered and died.

When we, in love and true humility, expose someone's sin to them, it just might result in the salvation of their soul.

After all, a lifestyle of adultery, for example, is a little bit more than just a "speck in someone's eye." So this passage isn't talking about that.

Verse three asks, "Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?"

This is addressed to more than just one person. In other words, the one asking that question cannot possibly know if the fault you're pointing out is bigger or smaller than your own fault. Can he?

And yet this states that is IS. What does that tell us? Well, let's take a closer look.

Remember that pride is what causes drama, and addiction couples with that pride to cause habitual drama. It rises up when you look at others with a judgmental attitude.

Maybe they're insensitive to others. Or they're a "jerk," whatever that means. Or they're a Liberal or a Socialist. Or they're on the opposite side of an issue you hold dear. Are they therefore your enemy? It sure feels like it, doesn't it?

Well here's the equasion: the fleshly mind = a false sense of self = the need to feed that self by making enemies = the use of drama, fed by pride, to build up and justify the self.

In other words, it is fleshly, it is rooted in pride, it is highly addictive, and it is devoid of Godly love. And it has no place whatsoever in the life of a Christian.

And verse five says, "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

In other words, address your own pride, stop cooperating with and getting caught up in your fleshly mind's carnal games, and draw close to God so His love will start to manifest through you.

THEN, maybe you will be able to help your brother in some way. Not to change them so they are more pleasing to your idea of how they should be. That's just pride sneaking back in and calling itself holy.

Stepping uninvited into your brother's or sister's personal life is almost never productive. It's just pride creeping in the back door. Instead, pray for them, pray for your own humility and godly Love, and let it go. Completely. Ignore your mind's repeated attempts to get you to entertain the story again.

And perhaps you'll need to acknowledge your fleshly addiction to the drama, as you choose to not take any part in it.

And... if you're not the one promoting the drama, be careful. Verse six says this:

"Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces."

Now this doesn't mean you should make drama in your head about how they're swine. That's not the point.

Not everyone is at the place where they're ready to accept this truth; and, of course, the only place we can be right now is where we are right now.

What this verse means is that if you step in the middle of people who are discussing the object of their drama, then you're likely to be labeled by their minds as another enemy, and they may project that drama onto YOU, too.

As Proverbs 26:17 (NKJV) says,

17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own, is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

I've done that on several occasions. It was foolish. And unproductive. When someone's earthly mind is feeding on a fresh kill, don't try to tell them that's what's happening. Their mind has a lot more reasons why what they're doing is good, or at least, excusable, then you have reasons why it's not. And before you know it, you've been dragged into drama yourself. It's nasty stuff. Just stay away. FAR away.


Ephesians 4:29 (NASB)

29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

So I had an encounter with someone who my mind thinks is a real jerk. Here are a few questions to which I can simply know the answers:

- Am I getting caught up in my mind's judging him?

- Is rambling on about him in my head helping anyone or glorifying God?

- Is telling others about it going to help them or bring them closer to God?

- Is God pleased by my judgmental, gossiping, drama queen attitude?

- Does God like my pride?


Proverbs 20:3 (NKJV)

3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel.

A quarrel is not necessarily directly with a person. It could come in the form of talking bad about that person to others. But there is no honor in that. Any fool can start drama. Any fool can jump on board in a feeding frenzy on drama. But a man or woman of honor opts out 100% of the time.


Romans 12:18 (NKJV) says this:

18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

And this does NOT mean that if you can get them to agree with you or do things or see things your way, THEN it's possible to live at peace with them, otherwise the drama's just not your fault.

Most of the time, it IS possible. You can just drop that heated issue. You're not going to change their mind by smacking them upside the head verbally. And if you need to simply steer clear of them, then you can do that too. Including with your attention. Pray for them, and then let them go. If you're taking part in your mind's hidden drama about them, then on the inside, you aren't really at peace.

And finally, Hebrews 12:14 (NKJV) says this:

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

Is your partaking in drama holy? Is your talking bad about someone holy? Is your dwelling on their faults, and feeding on those feelings, holy?

If not, then have nothing to do with it. Pursue holiness, because without holiness, you will not see the Lord. Period.

So instead, pursue peace. Peace with ALL people. TRUE peace, which doesn't require them to agree with you, which doesn't require you to do whatever they want you to do, which doesn't require you to not help protect others from their actions that would destroy them, but which DOES require you to release them, to not participate in the building up of judgementalism and drama in your mind.

And if such a lifestyle sounds boring to you, that's just your fleshly mind objecting to its own crucifixion. See the discomfort and pain. And do the right thing. Peace will come. And when you're walking in the holiness of that peace and the peace of that holiness, you will start to see God. Everywhere. And in every situation.


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Come, and let's surrender all our drama to God, as we live fully in His holiness and peace instead.


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