Here is a powerful thought from Mr. Rogers. He is speaking about the role of the media, in particular television. (This was referenced in Learning to Speak God From Scratch.)
“It doesn’t matter what our particular job is. We are chosen to help meet the deeper needs of those who watch and listen, day and night . . . Life isn’t cheap. It’s the greatest mystery of any millennium, and television needs to do all it can to broadcast that – to show and tell what the good life is all about. But how do we make goodness attractive? By doing all we can to bring courage to those whose lives move near our own. By treating our ‘neighbor’ at least as well as we treat ourselves.”(Emphasis is mine.)
Yes, goodness does need to be made attractive. Badness, even if it is not attractive, is alluring. And its allure makes it attractive. So how about goodness? How does that which is hard and difficult become attractive? While it may involve more than what Mr. Rogers says, it will not involve less–namely, to be people of goodness for the sake of others.
As we begin our reJesus series, I am struck by this:
Jesus made goodness irresistibly attractive!
The more the followers of Jesus participate in the life of Christ and imitate (pattern, model, display) the ways of Christ, the more we will make goodness attractive as well.
Who is close to you that you can show the attractiveness of goodness to? When you do this, you will make the goodness of Christ attractive to them as well.
That’s your mission for today, for this week, for as long as Christ gives you.