What Would You Do?

Yesterday at our 4:00 Jazz Service, we focused on the parable of the Good Samaritan.  At some recent youth events I have introduced this parable with clips from the ABC news series What Would You Do? This show is a fascinating examination of ethics that uses hidden cameras to see how real people will respond to a variety of situations.  Many of these would make great discussion starters or provocative clips for reflection in worship.

Since the Fourth Church sanctuary is not really equipped for showing videos, I transformed one of these clips into a reading that I did with three other liturgists.  The clip I adapted is about discrimination against a Muslim customer in a Texas bakery.  You can see the clip here.

My adaptation wasn’t perfect, but I thought it worked pretty well and certainly conveyed the sense of the video.  I might continue to explore this method of translating contemporary media into a format that can be used in our traditional gothic sanctuary.

If you are interested, here is the reading:

What Would You Do?

1:   What would you do?

2:   What would you do?

3:   What would you do?

4:   What would you do?

1:   At a roadside bakery in Waco, Texas…

2:   A Muslim woman with her head covered approaches the counter.

4:   “I have a question,” she says.

3:   “We don’t serve Muslims here,” says the man behind the counter.

1:   What would you do?

3:   “You need to take your business elsewhere.  We don’t serve your kind.”

1:   What would you do?

2:   The other customers hear these strong words but barely look her way.

1:   What would you do?

3:   “Get back on your camel and go back to wherever you came from.”

1:   What would you do?

4:   “Sir, I’m an American. I was born and raised here.”

3:   “No, you’re not.  Americans don’t wear towels on their head.  Take your jihad back to the parking lot.”

2:   Several customers speak out.

1:   What would you do?

2:   “Sir, we’re not buying our pastries because you are really offensive.”

1:   What would you do?

2:   “I can’t believe you could be so discriminatory.”

1:   What would you do?

2:   “I don’t know any Jews or Christians who have blown up anything recently.”

1:   What would you do?

2:   “If I was running this place I would do the same thing.”

1:   What would you do?

2:   What would you do?

3:   What would you do?

4:   What would you do?

1:   What would you do?

John W. Vest

John W. Vest

John is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He is co-founder of the Progressive Youth Ministry conference and blogs about his “Adventures in Post-Christendom” at johnvest.com. An enthusiastic pitmaster, he dreams of one day achieving the mystical union of church and BBQ.
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  1. says

    Loved the clip when you used it at Pathways John and your scripted version is captivating. Jeff and I have done the same thing with clips since our sanctuary is not projection friendly – yet!

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