There’s a documentary in theaters about Mr. Rogers, the beloved character so many of us grew up watching, called, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” I haven’t seen it yet, but I plan to. Did you know that Fred Rogers was an ordained minister? He used his platform, a children’s program on PBS, so effectively to bring a more loving and Christ-like tone to our culture – particularly in difficult times. Rogers was a close friend of renowned Cellist, Yo Yo Ma. He said Rogers helped him navigate fame. Mr. Rogers told Ma that fame was not necessarily a bad thing and mentored him on how it could be used for good in the world. Ma’s son, Nicholas (above), is the producer of the Mr. Rogers documentary.
kindness. A neighborhood is not just a community within a town; it’s the neighborly feeling you have about those in your sphere and your conduct toward them. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is the second greatest commandment. He said that it’s just as important as the first, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” (Mark 12:30-31) We, like Jesus’ disciples, struggle with loving anyone outside of those that love us, are like us, or believe as we do. (Matt. 5:46-47). We’re no better than the world, and we ask the same qualifying question they did,“Who is my neighbor?”
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