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More Than Just a “Friendly Neighbor”, Mr. Rodgers Was a Counter-Cultural Christian Icon

What may come as a bit of a surprise to many, one author has discovered that Mr. Rodgers was far from just a friendly television personality

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The cheerful sounds of “Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood” were a staple part of the childhood of millions of Americans, who grew up learning simple lessons on kindness, neighborliness, and just how vast a collection of sweater-vests one can own.

Fred Rodgers, the man behind the classic children’s show, has long been a symbol of everything wholesome and good, and his legacy has been given new light in the wake of a recently-released documentary on his life, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

What may come as a bit of a surprise to many, one author has discovered that Mr. Rodgers was far from just a friendly television personality, he was also a deeply ideological Christian pacifist, who used his platform to speak out against the variety armed global conflicts that went on during the time his show ran.

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Michael G. Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College, chronicles Rodgers’ quest to promote faith-based pacifism in the book Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers.

The Christian Post has the story:

In comments given to The Christian Post, Long explained that he was drawn to write the book because, like so many others, he “watched the viral videos of Fred Rogers speaking to children and adults in light of horrific violence — clips in which he speaks of the need to care for another and to keep one another safe.”

“Partly because of my interest in peace studies, these videos led me to wonder about his vision of a peaceful society. And so I began digging through the Fred Rogers archives at St Vincent College in Latrobe,” said Long.

“I discovered that Fred Rogers was not only the gentle soul we all imagined him to be, but also a fierce peacemaker intent on creating other peacemakers who would help establish God’s peaceable reign right here on Earth.”

During his research, Long explained to CP that he analyzed the letters, sermons, prayers, essays, books, and television programs of Mr. Rogers, who was an ordained Presbyterian minister.

“Rogers broadcast antiwar programs during the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War, and he broadcast programs opposing the nuclear arms race in the 1980s,” explained Long.

“Rogers always advanced the idea that there is a better way to solve conflicts, and to deal with our anger, than going to war or fighting.”

You may not agree with his theology, but it is always admirable to see any Christian have such a large impact on the world with a simple message of kindness, love, and decency.

Lord knows we need more of that today.

 

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This Man’s Truck Went Up In Flames, But What Happened Next Has Him Praising God

Even in our worst circumstances, God has an incredible way of showing up and making himself, and his care for us, known.

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Even in our worst circumstances, God has an incredible way of showing up and making himself, and his care for us, known.

This is just what happened to Steven Gaut, an Oklahoma man who could very easily have lost everything had God not clearly had his hand on the situation.

As a single dad to five precious children, life certainly isn’t easy on Gaut, but he gets by and he praises Jesus for what he has.

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Just two weeks before Christmas, Gaut says he went to a local grocery store for dog food while his dad stayed at home with the kids. After returning home from the errand, Gaut took a few moments while the kids were occupied to stash away Christmas presents in the garage.

It’s then that Gaut said he heard a car horn blasting just moments before his oldest son burst into the garage with the urgent message that his truck, his only means of transportation for work, was on fire.

Gaut rushed out to the driveway to discover that his truck, parked just a couple of feet from the family’s home, was completely engulfed in flames. He immediately phoned for help and the Vinita Fire Department arrived within minutes to battle the blaze.

According to Gaut, the fire department surmised that the most likely cause of the fire was a fellow shopper at the grocery store carelessly tossing a cigarette into the truck.

“God sent! If the horn never went off the whole truck and the house would be gone,” Gaut said in a Facebook post sharing security footage of the inferno. “Thank you Jesus…”

Although it most likely wasn’t the first thing on his mind as he stood watching his truck be destroyed, a small, unlikely miracle reminded Gaut that God was still in control: his Bible was totally unharmed by the raging fire.

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The case that contained Gaut’s Bible was utterly destroyed by the fire, but the Bible itself was totally unharmed.

“Heal our broken hearts and the fear that is in the kids’ eyes,” Gaut said in another Facebook post, noting that his family has been deeply shaken up by this close call. “Please help us find an eight-passenger car as soon as possible. Thank you for making sure that we were safe, and saving my Bible. Love you forever, in Jesus’s name, Amen.”

Since his story first went viral, Gaut humbly says he hopes it points more people to Jesus.

When we have eyes to see even God’s smallest miracles in our lives and we focus on him and what he’s done, our fears just melt away.

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FedEx Worker’s Video Goes Viral After She Shares Stunning Reason Why She Made Unexpected Stop on Delivery Route

You truly never know where He may call you to minister to others and share His love with the world.

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I’ve always wondered just what it must be like to be a postman or delivery driver. Visiting so many houses every day, seeing into people’s lives through a collection of short moments, and seeing what they order online, of course.

But for one faithful FedEx driver, one short visit with a stranger led to an incredible experience that answered her constant prayer for God to use her on her route.

Fox News reports that Amanda Riggan, a South Carolina FedEx driver and founder of “Hungry Heroes,” a charity for veterans and first responders, tearfully shared a profound encounter with a customer in a video Facebook video, which ultimately led to a stunning 11 million views.

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After bringing a package to a woman who explained her husband had cancer, Riggans found herself unable to think of anything else as she continued on with her deliveries.

“I drove off, my heart’s pounding. I do probably 20 more stops, and I have to go back,” Riggan shared in a video on Facebook after pulling to the side of the road. “I stopped what I was doing. I went back to that neighborhood. I rang her doorbell…and when she came down the stairs she had tears in eyes. When she saw it was me, she smiled.”

“She came out on the front porch and squeezed me so tight, this lady I’ve never met,” Riggan said, “and I prayed for her and her family — for her husband.”

Riggan used the heartfelt moment as a chance to share about following God.

“I pray every day for the Lord to use me,” Riggan said through tears. “When you feel those tugs on your heartstrings, and you feel like you need to do this, stop and do it.”

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The Bible calls us to serve the Lord in all we do. You truly never know where He may call you to minister to others and share His love with the world.

Riggan was not only able to pray for and comfort this woman, but she was able to share the inspiring experience with 11 million people.

Don’t hide that light of yours under a basket folks, let it shine!

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