by Jeff Strite

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Jeff Strite
John 20:1-18

OPEN: I'm going to name 4 characters in a famous TV show and then I'm going to ask you to name that show. Ready?
Bert and Ernie
The Cookie Monster
Big Bird
Name that show! (Sesame Street).

Now, how many of you remember a character from that show named "Mr. Hooper"? (a few hands were raised) Years ago the producers of Sesame Street were faced with a dilemma. The actor who played the popular "Mr. Hooper" had passed away, and the producers were faced with how to communicate the concept of death to the 10 million children (most of whom are under 6) who watch the show. So they consulted with some child psychologists on how they should handle it.
The Child psychologists suggested they NOT say, "Mr. Hooper got sick and died," because children get sick and they are not going to die.
And the psychologists suggested they NOT say, "Mr. Hooper got old and died," because little children think of their parents as being old.
And the staff of Sesame Street decided to AVOID religious issues and not say, "Mr. Hooper died and went to Heaven."
The show's producers decided to say just a few basics: He's gone, he won't be back, and he'll be missed.

The day of the show, Big Bird came out on the stage and said he had a picture for Mr. Hooper and he couldn't wait to see him. But someone said, "Big Bird, remember, we told you that Mr. Hooper died."
And Big Bird said, "Oh yeah, I forgot." Then he said, "Well, I'll give it to him when he comes back."
And one of the staff members put an arm around Big Bird and said, "Big Bird, Mr. Hooper isn't coming back."
"Why not," Big Bird asked innocently.
"Big Bird, when people die, they don't come back."
(Brian Jones - Standard Publishing Illustrations)

"When people die, they don't come back." What a sad and tragic thing to teach children.

APPLY: Now Sesame Street was a secular show.
It's Public Television and they're generall ...

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