Can We All Agree Jesus Wasn’t White?

We Jesus freaks sure argue with one another.

“What did he mean when he said ____” 
“I’m sure he said you were sinning when you do ______”
Or my favorite: When we say he said something he never really said.

We are crazy.

But lets put aside our making Jesus out to be who we need him to be to suit our individual desire for a moment. Can we please all agree that Jesus wasn’t of Caucasian persuasion?

Yesterday, we met friends for a showing of Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games Trilogy. (Also, we were in a practically empty theater because we went at 1:00pm. You can do that when you home-school. But, I digress.)

Walking out of the theater I saw this movie poster:

And I got riled.

“Black Nativity”? Shouldn’t it just be, “Nativity – The Musical”? Since when do we need to preface Christ’s birth with the race re-enacting the event? I’m so confused.

We know Jesus was born in Bethlehem. (Though probably not December 25. We modern day folk needed a reason to celebrate Winter Solstice while not being pagan about it. Again, I digress.) He lived in Egypt. He hung out around the shores of Galilee. I bet if his skin were as light as mine, words would have been written about the pale Savior of the world. 

Thank God He sent His Son for all. Whether you are African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian, or Green with Purple Polka Dots, you should be able to act out any part of the Biblical story without the need to state skin color.

What’s your take? Am I over-reacting, or does this bother you as well?

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