Monday, August 13, 2012

Drama in the Kingdom (Follow up)

Here is the follow-up post to our allegorical tale of Drama in the Kingdom.
Did you ponder over these questions? What were your conclusions? Here are mine:

Who do the characters in this story represent?
The characters all represent members of the body of Christ. All are people in the kingdom of God, but some represent people who have grown deeper in their walk with Christ, like Meek.

Our relationships within the body of Christ are very important. They can strengthen us and encourage us to grow in Christ. Unfortunately, when we treat relationships with a self-centered attitude of what we can gain from the relationship rather than what we can give, we can find ourselves in broken friendships.

On what does Vanity and Prance base their relationship?
From the evidence of their activities and conversations, their relationship is based upon a fellow and how they can attract the eyes and attention of the fellow and make everyone jealous. 

Do they strive to grow a deeper relationship with each other?
Because Prance and Vanity base their relationship on shallow things, their relationship is shallow. It's based on variables -- fellows, fashion, and fame are always changing. Basing relationships on things that change will only make a friendship unsteady. If Prance and Vanity had developed a friendship with Christ as their foundation, their conversations and priorities would be different and their relationship a much deeper one. 

What is the difference between Meek vs. Prance and Vanity?
Meek shows us what a person who cares about others looks like. No, she may not have the latest and greatest fads, but her concern is not on fads and what the popular culture decides. She would rather honor her grandmother.

What does each character value in this story?
Vanity and Prance value clothing, popularity, attention, and scoring a dance with the prince.

Meek values people, is wise about how she spends money, and takes time to talk with others -- even those who might not "like her."

Does this story reflect real life issues?
Unfortunately, yes. You may be going through a tough time in a friendship right now. Take a step back and evaluate what you have based the friendship on. Ask yourself how you could have been a better friend and if you've sinned against her. If necessary, go to her and ask for forgiveness.

Is the argument over the shoes the real issue in this tale?
No, the real issue is all we have talked about above. The shoes are only a small scenario of how Vanity and Prance really value each other.

Who has more fault? Vanity or Prance?
They are both at fault and both could work to restore the relationship. They are both competitive about who will be deemed the fairest in the land. The ending of this store doesn't have to be tragic. Each could work to deepen the relationship with each other, but before they do this, they need to grow in Christ! Growing closer to Him will help them in all the relationships they have, and it will do the same for us!

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