I wrote recently about the play I saw in Winnepeg, Harvey. Harvey was an imaginary rabbit whose own name, he said, happened to be favorite name of the person whose mind had created him. I thought of how much Bible interpretion is about what a person’s mind envisions it should be. That’s where our many denominations came from.
Today I saw another famous play, Alice in Wonderland, Jr. in Des Moines, IA. This is a musical version of the Alice in Wonderland story aimed at young people. But, it is not without implications that I chose to find religious.
Alice follows a rabbit into its rabbit hole and enters a world of zany characters. They do outlandish things until Alice feels obligated to say, “Where I come from we play by the rules.” (my take:”…we follow what the Bible says..”)
The Mad Hatter character laments, “Rules are so limiting.”
“It’s so much more fun to make up your own rules,” chimes in the rabbit.
Alice laments, “Then, how do you know if you’re playing the game right?”
The Mad Hatter has it figured out, “That’s part of the game..”
The part of the Christian faith I grew up in is about making up rules, or, changing the interpretation of rules. Sin changes as secular values change. Gay marriage, abortion, alchohol, divorce and interracial marriage are sins today but will be replaced with others.
The theater arts provide insight into human behavior that helps us understand ourselves.