WORLDWIDE — Do white Christians feel different about Jesus after paying attention to his actual, physical description? Or do they still “not see color”?
As you know, most of the photos you’ve ever seen of Jesus have been showcased in contrast to the Christian bible’s depiction of his appearance.
And just from a historical standpoint, alone, the Middle East — approximately 2,000 years ago — definitely wasn’t whitewashed.
‘THERE IS NO WHITE JESUS’
In a recent Facebook post, BBC Three uploaded a video which shows a man praying in church. Accordingly, he’s praying to who he believes to be Jesus.
Man: “Jesus…can you hear me? I don’t know where else to turn. I’m desperate. I need your help.”
However, when Jesus shows up, the guy doesn’t recognize him at all.
“Who are you?” the man asks.
Jesus: “It is I, Jesus. I’ve heard your prayer, and I’ve come to help you.”
“You’re not Jesus,” the man protests, pointing out that Jesus looks more like him.
NOTE: Funny how this is the case, but non-minorities are always the ones saying that representation isn’t everything.
Well, as the video continues, Jesus clarifies things for the man and even alludes to the fact that he was arrested and punished for a crime he didn’t commit — much like Blacks today.
If you’re interested in the video, it’s below.
So far, the video has accumulated nearly 10 million views since its upload 3 weeks ago. And you’d best believe the video has its share of comments.
Of course, this is possibly the No.1 statement among many white commentators.
For instance, Facebook user Christine Meyer mentions:
“Seriously??? I am so sick and tired of this kind of garbage. Time to STOP using Jesus in order to race bait!! Folks that do this are just disgusting. Shame on them!!! May God have mercy on their souls!!!”
Oh she mad. The truth stings something fierce, huh? Lol.
“This is ridiculous,” Evan E. Parat also states. “Historically, each culture has portrayed Christ as being of the same race in their iconography in order to make Him a more relatable figure. Due to the Church being centered in Rome and Greece, it’s no surprise that iconography of Christ are predominantly caucasian.”
Even if that were true, the one we mostly see is speculated to be a striking similarity to Cesare Borgia, an Italian-Spaniard from the Renaissance.
NOTE: If you didn’t know, that was the era where history and everything important became either “blonde hair, blue eyes” or extremely whitewashed.
Hilariously, G.C. Folds states:
“There is no decryption of Jesus on how he looked. Jesus wanted people to repent of their sins and follow Him. Salvation is the message of the Word of God and not skin color. Jesus was Jewish in race but other than that the only other description can be found in Daniel and in Revelation after He was resurrected.”
Looks like someone doesn’t know their bible scripture; Revelations begs to differ.
NOTE: Also, “Jewish” is not a race or ethnicity. Sooooo…
In agreement, Facebook commentator Yenom Bee mentions as follows.
“Actuallyyyyyyyy the Bible stated his hair of white wool, eyes of fire and skin of bronze ….. only white person I’ve seen with that description had a REALLY bad tanning accident.”
Anyway, all in all, what are your thoughts about this particular topic and the video above?
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[Featured Photo via screengrab]