Straight Shots is a short drama series. Each episode focuses on one specific conduct of TPM believers. You will be able to identify how TPM believers instinctively act in specific settings. Each behaviour will be met by a candid response from Molly.
Major Characters: Read Episode 1 to know the major players.
Background: Its lockdown all over India. Manju and Molly are asked to work from home. Molly is software-coder. So she has some work to do. Manju, on the other hand, sits at the reception in office. She, therefore, has no work to do from home, but rather sit at her home and keep laughing watching Tiktok videos. After 6 pm, in the evening, the two girls meet at molly’s home and spend some time together. Their houses are in just one row separate from each other.
Its 6:30 pm and Manju is at Molly’s residence. The girls are on the jogging track of Molly’s house having some good exercise. Suddenly TPM WhatsApp group shows notification of a new message. Manju looks at her mobile and in a few seconds, she is all praise for the new photo that has arrived. It shows a tpm worker wearing a mask, A TPM Cap and giving water bottle to a woman on the street. Few more photos arrive, showing TPM worker Samuel donating water bottle to police persons.
Manju is busy stacking praises for the saint who has photographed himself while doing alms.
Molly: What are you busy on?
Manju: See how kind our servants of God are!
Molly: Really? Let me see.
Scene: Manju shows the photographs to Molly.
Molly: Why is he asking the photographer to follow him everywhere he is going?
Manju: Why can’t you find any good in anything Molly? Always negative!
Molly: What’s good in it Manju? Are you so blind to notice that he has planned this event? Can’t you see that he has asked himself to be photographed while donating water bottles? Didn’t Jesus command us to do our donation and alms secretly?
3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.Matt 6:3,4
Molly Continues: Why is he sounding drums and trumpets for people to see?
Scene: Manju is speechless. Molly continues.
Molly: Don’t you remember how the same saints change colours during convention days? This fellow will not even offer you tea, if you happen to go to workers area, during the convention. And if you happen to take tea by mistake from the workers’ area, he will rebuke and grab the tea back from your hand and kick you out saying, “This tea is for workers. Get the tea for believers from believers shade.” If you happen to ask him packaged mineral water, during convention days, then he will tell you that mineral water is for centre pastors and chief pastors. Go and get yourself water from general public taps.
See this sermon by Charles Spurgeon. He says “The hypocrite sounds trumpet as he gives money to the poor, and chooses the corner of the street for his prayers. The True Christian, like the nightingale, sings in the night; but the hypocrite sings all his songs in the day when he can be seen and heard of all men. Let us deal honestly with ourselves. Applause is what hypocrites are seeking after. They avoid all secret religion, and only live where men may see them.”
Manju: (Angrily!) I am going home.
Molly smiles as she sees Manju walk off!