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Judgment House shows pathways for drug users

By Keldy Ortiz
Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.
Updated Nov. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.

Greg Wise gets help fixing a serpentine contact lens as he prepares to play Satan in this year's Judgment House at First Baptist Church in Edna on  Saturday. The house is a drama where tourers are led from room to room as a story is played out in front of them ending in death and God's judgement.

If You Go

• WHAT: Judgment House

• WHERE: 309 Cottonwood St.; Edna

• WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. daily through Tuesday

EDNA - Jimmy Crume, 48, didn't know what to expect when he arrived at the Judgment House on Saturday evening. He thought he was just going to see a live performance.

It was not until leaving the performance that he and his wife, Susan, had a revelation about the play and their own lives.

"I knew it was plays, but I didn't know it was going to be heart-wrenching," Jimmy Crume said. "It's something that digs deep. Seeing this type of deal and being mature, I took a lot from this."

That was a reference Jimmy Crume and others expressed as people went through the many rooms of the Judgment House. Held at the First Baptist Church in Edna, the house featured scenarios, including lies, death and salvation by God. The Judgment House revolved around the topic of drug overdose and possible outcomes if one chooses the route of drugs.

"I started crying," said Susan Crume as she watched the show. "It hit home."

Characters such as Jesus and the devil played a role in helping convey their message of what paths would be taken if drugs were a part of someone's life.

"It was scary," said Jesse Smith, 8. "I learned to not do drugs. You have tons of consequences if you do drugs."

Charles Covin, director of the play, said he wanted people who enter the house to walk away understanding the topic of conversation.

"I couldn't get away from how real and relevant this story is, and how it would hit home," Covin said. "I want people to come face to face with the reality that this life is not all there is. Ultimately, we all stand before judgment."

Playing the role of Jesus was Clay Whitley, 32. Not worried about playing a big role - he's been playing the role of Jesus for five years - he just worried about making sure people understood.

"I hope they become a Christian," said Whitley, wearing a white robe with a crown on his head. "It's a pretty crazy world we live in and hope is what we need. We do it to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Dressed in all black with chains wrapped around him and wings on his back was the devil, played by Greg White. In his role, White wanted to let the audience know about the route taken if one continues on a path of drugs.

"I'm hoping they realize there's something after death," said White, 31. "If they don't prepare, you may pay the price for eternity. I've experienced some things in my life, but I know one way or the other, there is a heaven or hell."

After realizing that the event was not only for adults, but for kids as well, Susan and Jimmy Crume thought about their own two children.

"We need to bring our kids here," Susan said.

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