Selected Racism Does it matter if Jesus Christ was black or white?

If God created us in his own image, does the race of his beloved son really matter?

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Does it matter if Jesus Christ was black or white?

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Social media has given a different spectrum on how debates and activism are held these days.

For some genuinely concerned people who want to make a change, the approach is somehow structured is a more plausible routine. Others have missed the slight margin between making your voice heard for a cause or simply wanting to go viral for the hype.

The quest to just join the masses without having foreknowledge of exactly what the story is about is also on the rise like stew (Hello Flowking Stone).

A small test to find out whether all the social media users involved in most rants care or just jump on the bandwagon proved a sad result.

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Ghanaians woke up to a New York Times article titled:

‘Obesity was rising as Ghana embraced fast food. Then came KFC’

This article created a real buzz on social media with the writer having called Ghana’s president His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo overweight.

A depiction of black Jesus play

A depiction of black Jesus

 

Irrespective of the many rants, very few people actually did read the long article by New York Times as most people could not answer a simple question with a very clear answer in the article: Where does KFC Ghana import their chicken from?

But that did not stop them from joining the conversation from a seemingly well read angle. Deep down, it was just a social media fuzz.

So when a lot of people joined the Nivea pull it down campaign, it is very hard to ignore the fact that for most, that could just be their way of belonging on social media.

That topic, however, is for another day.

Racism is real. No doubt or question about that. In the effort to fight racism though, one might slightly fall in the zone of being racist to others too if not careful. So it’s a really hard fight to battle.

Nonetheless, in the face of religion, does it matter if Jesus Christ was black or white?

Mark Emery, a 30-year-old from Kentucky spent huge sums of money just to look like Jesus Christ. So obviously, the question of how does Jesus look came to mind.

Upon research, one would find a never-ending debate between Black Jesus and White Jesus.

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For the sake of Christianity, is that even necessary?

People may argue the point that letting others know Jesus was black or white may ‘deliver’ them from some form of mental slavery.

A depiction of white Jesus play

A depiction of white Jesus

 

However, there’s been a series of Bible verses pointing out how stressing on these petty things could be kind of vanity in the end.

Genesis 1:26 states:

“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

If so, the image of God should have no colour. Neither should the image of God be concerned about the race of God’s beloved son, Jesus Christ. Whether Jesus is from Africa or Europe should be purely irrelevant.

Because frankly speaking, there’s no point. The only point is winning souls for Christ irrespective of their background as stated in Mark 16:15:

‘And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”’

So cultural appropriation and racial discrimination when it comes to Jesus Christ is not a gospel truth to preach.

Find a more relevant case, be a genuine activist and stop the cheap publicity and ‘look cool’ factor on social media.

And if you’re not a Christian or don’t believe in the Bible, why do you even care?

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