- Created: Tuesday, 11 February 2020 18:40
When the Pharisee tried to justify himself before Jesus, by asking ‘who is my neighbor?’, he was trying to limit the scope of his responsibilities. Jesus’ answer expanded the 'pharisee in us all limitations' to ‘anyone that we are proximate to’. But the fully expounded, lived out lesson of this encounter with Jesus is really found in a children’s TV show host I had never even heard of until a few weeks ago, called Fred Rogers.
New, Big Screen (Sony) Film About a Christian TV show for Kids
I enjoy watching Tom Hanks, so I read up on his latest movie release in the paper, called ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’. Nothing about the picture of him in a daggy red cardigan and glasses made me think this movie would be such a treat. Tom Hanks plays the Presbyterian minister who in the 1970’s started a TV show in the United States for young kids (preschool and up?) to equip them for life’s challenges and show them their true value from God.
Fred Rogers started the show in a local, free to air TV station that gradually grew to be a much loved and later lampooned, childhood TV classic across the United States. The production values weren’t high, the sets were colourful but very simple, the puppets were elementary but effective. Fred wrote his own scripts, songs and directed and produced the show. Nuts! I think they ended up filming almost a 1000 episodes. I mean it’s staggering and yet, in Australia, we’ve never heard of him.