Photo Credit: U. Postal Service. Rogers tackled a host of life issues with wisdom and winsome words during the half-hour program over the course of more than three decades, from February 19, , until August 31, , not long before his passing on February 27, This stamp news came just days after Sony TriStar Pictures revealed that it planned to produce a biopic about Rogers starring actor Tom Hanks.
Production is scheduled to begin this fall. Besides his thoughtful demeanor, fewer fans of Mister Rogers may know about his deep religious convictions. Rogers graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Surely the faith of Rogers filtered into the wisdom he communicated on air. His beliefs come into greater focus in his writings and comments off air. So in honor of Rogers, in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of his passing and just weeks before what would have been his 90th birthday, here are 10 inspiring quotes:. God is. That loving spirit would rather die than give up on any one of us. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds.
Life is for service. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive.
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Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed. We loved Mr. Thank you! One day in Winter Park, Florida, where they said he stayed in the winter months, he came out of the house which was next door to our Methodist Parsonage. Can you delve deeper into his Christian beliefs, i.
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If he truly had deep religious convictions, what were they? He never discussed anything about Christianity, because to be a true Christian means you love and forgive all, regardless if they believe in another God or no gods at all. That is, he was not good because he was Christian, he is just a good human being. However, we will agree Mr. Loving our neighbor, the Kingdom of God, forgiveness, love over hate, peace over war, and an infinitely loving and merciful God.
I do however want to assure us there are many folks who according to our standards are pretty good human beings Fred Rodgers and shamefully shine as light more brighter than many of us who profess Christ as our Savoir. Not just Christians. I agree. I wish all people would include everyone and not condemn people they do not know. Unfortunately some have taken over their interpretation of their holy scriptures to use for evil. Even though he loved the postman, that does not imply acceptance of his lifestyle.
My favorite story of Mr. Rogers is entwined with a story about President George H. My son was three at the time and watched Mr. Rogers every morning with me while I was in bed rest with my twins. This was early and George H. Bush was then president. My son loved watching Mr. President Bush gave his State of Union address in Rogers, mom. I jotted off a note to Mrs.
Lo and behold a few weeks later we received a note back from Mrs. Rogers brought a smile to her that day. What a wonderful memory. In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated. Rogers shared this radical belief in private and public.
In May , while walking to the office after taking his daily swim, he encountered a man who was arguing with his co-workers about salvation. The man recognized Rogers, grabbed him, and said: "Tell these people there's only one way to God. It seems the man was quite intent on making sure that his co-workers believed in the literal truth of Jesus' words in the Gospel of John: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. But Rogers did not take the bait of Christian exclusivism: "And I said," Rogers recounted, "'God loves you just the way you are.
Rogers held to this radical conviction for a very long time. In , in a letter to a woman who had asked about heaven, he wrote: "I believe we participate in eternal life through the grace of God.
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We are accepted as we are and loved exactly as we are. In other words, I believe heaven is sheer gift. It is where people do look at you with those eyes of Jesus" -- the eyes of an advocate who sees each and every one of us as good, valuable, and lovable. So is Fred Rogers in hell? Of course not, at least according to Rogers himself. He's in the "state" of heaven right this very moment, enjoying the fullness of the love of God.
Fred Phelps is there too, and so is Judas, and so are all those who wanted Phelps or Judas to burn in the flames of hell forever. That may sound utterly fanciful, preposterous, or horrific to many of us. But to Fred Rogers, a gateless heaven is the Neighborhood of all neighborhoods -- the perfect creation of the Neighbor whose love knows no bounds.
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