What's it about?
The play was about a man and his son. A man who claims to be Boston's greatest robber with a want to leave his legacy with his son, who is entering into his manhood. The father however is on this mission to be cleanse from his life long sins in order to make it to Heaven. As we learn the fathers objective to beat God at his own game, we are put on hilarious journey, as the tale of father and son plays out.
What'd I experience?
I saw Salvation on an activity-packed day. Right after ice skating with my friends, I walked from Bryant Park to the theater. The day was finally at an end with the final activity being to see this play. As I walked in, I looked for a place to sit and decided I would sit in the front row, last seat to the wall. As I sat down, I realized the chair was very comfortable which was a convenience. I thought myself lucky and hoped the play was good.
When the play started, I wondered why the name "salvation" but there would be no need for additional explanation, the play plays it all out. A man is striving to quote, unquote please God before his attempted suicide takes its full effect.
It's funny to me because I saw the play on Friday but on Sunday at church the message was similar. A man's heart desperately wicked. Like Bartholomew's father, who lived a reckless and sinful life because he thought if he ever was about to die he would have the time to confess and repent his sins before he died (hence his suicide and timing of his own death). And then he would then make it into Heaven.
I ended up in that theater that Friday, and calculating the timing of each thing that led to me sitting in church on Sunday listening to the message - I feel like God is speaking to me. Weird.
Sin is easy. Everything the Bible preaches against is hard not to do because our nature is to live sinfully. As I reflected on the play and the Bible scripture preached, I came to an understanding that as human beings outside of our environment and genes, we must know who we are and identify with those things that make us different. Now the father in the play was a wicked man, a bank robber who was proud and had a need to beat God. But the son was the complete opposite he feared the world and had no desire to be like his father. The nature of the son was less corruptible, not because he was certain of who he was, but more because he was searching.
We don't become incorruptible by searching for ourselves but from acknowledging that we are unable to make it on our own. It was evident from the play that the son couldn't have made it without his natural father present. And at the end, we see him following through on his father's final instructions. The message on Sunday spoke about working the word, following through on those instructions that are prophesied to us. I found myself trying to evaluate myself, self-examining to see what sins I have. Time and time again I tend to self-examining to see where I am as a child of God but this time I felt as though it was begged or requested for. And maybe I have even acquired new ways to overcome sin, maybe so.
We all doubt what God or the Father has to say, likewise did the son in the play. He had no idea of his father's legend being true. Nonetheless, for the sake of pleasing his natural father, he pretended he was this computer hacker. In reality, he stays at home to ignore the outside world and ensure he spends every waking moment with his father. Sometimes I just want to please God but I doubt the greatest story of all. And though I am his child and I love him, because of my human nature I am often times stubborn to his will. In the play, the father had an investment put aside for his son and so does God, for each of us.