I hardly ever go the movies, but I’m so glad on this extremely hot Saturday I ventured off on my own to the Amherst Cinema to see “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” It’s the story of Fred Rogers, aka “Mr. Rogers.” If you want to be uplifted, if you want to be challenged, if you want to see what really living the gospel is rather than only preaching it with words, then find the time to see this movie. This is not a movie for children. This is a story for adults. The tone of our world has become extremely mean-spirited. Thank God for people like Mr. Rogers.
There are too many things to talk about in this movie, so I’m only going to offer one insight that I gathered. I’ve often spoken about how Jesus continued on to Jerusalem at the end of His ministry even though everyone around Him seemed unable to grasp His message. He went forward anyway because it was in Him to do this. I could never find a suitable example to convey this struggle and this determination. I saw it in Mr. Rogers. I saw it in his battle against the violence and hatred marketed to children. I saw it in his embrace of unequivocal, unconditional love. As strange as Mr. Rogers may seem to some, I think he gets what Christianity is all about.
This was a saint among us. Like I said, if you have the chance, catch this movie
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