Every so often sitcoms create a character that people connect with or relate. Whether a friend or foe, hero or villain, this individual is like someone from your own life. When Seinfeld introduced the Soup Nazi in November of 1995, this anal business owner was rigid, strict and quick to refuse non-conforming customers food. This setting provided ideal segments for viewers to laugh.
Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; 2 and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance, Ephesians 5:1-2.
During my final few years of teaching high school, I relied on Summit Ministries to provide cutting edge material for my curriculum. One of the seminars that I attended involved the concept that art often imitates life. A 2011 article in Psychology Today eludes to how poetry often reflects cultural, philosophical and societal trends. Thus, its no wonder that the practices of the Soup Nazi decades ago have resurfaced today.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope, Romans 15:13.
In recent weeks, those who support, wear apparel or work for president Trump are being denied service, harassed and heckled whenever they go. Florida attorney general Pamela Bondi was bullied at a movie theater, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied service at a Virginia restaurant and others have been followed by protesters outside of their homes. Perhaps, its time to go back in time to the days of Mr. Rogers so that neighborhoods will overcome a soup Nazi mentality with a spirit of hope, faith and love.
by Jay Mankus