Jesus Christ, as portrayed by Mr. Rogers
There have been many portrayals of Jesus. And to me, the best portrayal of Him was by Fred Rogers, who had the kid's TV show "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood".
No, I'm not insinuating that Fred Rogers was even attempting to portray Jesus. But his calm manner, and his acceptance and forgiveness of children, is the closest I've ever seen to a portrayal of the kind of forgiveness that Jesus had, and has. Please let me explain.
If you're learning about Christianity, and your first question has to do with damnation, and an angry and vengeful God, then it's time that you met Jesus Christ. In spite of people who have twisted around His words for the past 2,000 years, His message is of love, and forgiveness, for His children.
If the only thing that you remember from Sunday school is a vengeful God, well, I can't blame you. Grown-ups have been using that trick to control children forever. And it is an effective way to control children, much like the fear of not getting toys from Santa Claus.
But Jesus isn't a vengeful God, and he isn't Santa Claus. His is a gentle message of peace, acceptance, forgiveness, and love. And if you've made the mistake of confusing Him with "The Church", or anything else, it's time to step away, and listen to His voice. And there's no better place to start than with listening to the voice of Mr. Rogers.
Posted by Brad Hall