We are inundated with information. Everywhere we turn everywhere we look. With FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Aunt Marge, and Uncle John we can’t escape anyone’s 2 cents…so here’s mine, ha ha!
I came across a post earlier this week with a photo of the model that was created sometime ago of what is said Jesus “actually” looked liked. The caption was a remark to make sure Christians were aware that Jesus was not white and a question asking if Jesus were to immigrate to the U.S. today would they let him, in spite of of his ethnic background and his views.
My thoughts on this: First, the author seems to be wanting a debate and in my opinion not a healthy, constructive debate.
I grew up knowing that Jesus was not “white” although it is true in most pictures I saw depicting Christ he was very Anglican looking. Jesus was an Israelite, a direct descendant of Levi through Aaron. Levi was the son of Jacob, Jacob was named Israel by God. Jesus was also a direct descendant of Judah through David. Judah was a son of Jacob as well. Jacobs son’s were the first Israelites. Jesus was a Hebrew Israelite, Since there are no actual pictures, who really knows what he looked liked, skin tone, hair texture etc…
Speaking of looks. Many years ago my father had an artist friend that sculpted a bust of a man and depending on the angle at which you looked at the piece it would appear ethnically different. I would like to believe this is how Jesus appeared. That whatever your ethnic background when you gazed upon him you would see a representation of all God’s people, but when it comes down to it, all I really need to know is that Jesus is love and redemption, my salvation. Physical appearance does not diminish nor have any bearing on that fact!
Second, to the question of whether or not U.S. Christians would let Jesus in? Well, he was a radical according to the religious of his time but he did spread the message of inclusivity, of love, of hope. Though he sat with the sinners as many want to use to make their points, he also instructed them to “go and sin no more”. He didn’t say ” go ahead and keep doing what you’re doing.” Would the liberal left or the conservative right either one be accepting of Jesus? It seems his message doesn’t completely mesh with either side!
I don’t believe Jesus would condone the hate and judgement we see today from any group regardless of their affiliation. I don’t believe he would be ok with those that call for the death of anyone for any cause. I don’t know exactly how Jesus would respond to what is happening in our nation if only he were allowed in but it seems there are those that are certain they do know.
My question to Christians and non-Christians alike who may or may not welcome Jesus in is, how many people of any background have you invited to come into your world, your heart, or stay in your home?
Lets think about this.
We are pointing fingers, yes, even Christians at other Christians, making accusatory statements, condemning anyone who does not completely agree with us. Yet are those accusing doing anything they not only expect but demand of others?
Have any of them invited a woman with a criminal past, who is trying to turn her life around, to live with them? Or a drug addict trying to stay clean, a divorcee with children unable to make ends meet? Some of these are our fellow citizens, some are immigrants that have been forgotten because they don’t fit an agenda.
We keep yelling on opposite sides about immigration, the pros and cons of letting or not letting others in our country, using Jesus to debate this.If you study the Bible it shows that Jesus instructed that we respect law and authority. He himself submitted to authority. Romans 13:1 “All of you must yield to government rules “vs 5″ so you must yield to government not only because you might be punished but because you know it is right.” Of course there are times when laws must be challenged or changed but we would have utter chaos without any.
I do not wish anyone to be persecuted. I do not wish the door be closed on those that are truly looking for a better life but there is a right way and a wrong way of pursuing or helping people pursue their wants or needs.
If we should not worry about who comes in or out of our country why then is there a higher fence going up around the White House? Why are there any homeless women or children. wouldn’t we first make sure that our citizens here are welcome anywhere at any time? Wouldn’t all those that cry out for fairness make sure that the homeless in our country had a place to live even if it meant opening their own homes? If security is the reason for the higher fence shouldn’t we all have the benefit of that same security? If there is no reason to fear then there is no reason to fear for anyone regardless of their status.
Perhaps those that cry bigotry, racism, hate ,against anyone who has questions or concerns about immigration should reflect on their own lives and consider what they are doing to be welcoming and inclusive in their own neighborhoods and communities, their own homes. Actually we all need to do this!
We must all reflect and make sure we are each doing everything we can, with the abilities we have, to make the world a better place right where we are before we demand that others are unquestionably open to the demands of our agenda. No matter what that may be or who it may serve.
Growing up, my siblings and I never knew who might be living with us and as an adult my family has been subject to this. Anyone was welcome as long as they did not appear to want to inflict harm. If at any time their behavior became harmful or seemed it might become potentially harmful in any way they were no longer welcome. This was/is not bigotry, it is caution, it is discernment, to stop a problem before a problem begins
We have a right and an obligation to be cautious and protective, to question those who clearly have an agenda to inflict harm. Whether it be legal citizens born right here in America regardless of status, ethnicity or group affiliation or those slipping in with innocent immigrants that would and have wreaked havoc.
Would I let Jesus in….Absolutely!!!
Jesus upset the status quo, he caused discord but he brought fair justice. Jesus brought the message of peace and love, he was inclusive but not for one at the expense of another. Jesus showed righteous anger overturning the tables of those who would take unfair advantage of others because of their position in life (we need some of that today!) He enhanced communities. Jesus loved regardless of ethnic, religious, political, or personal differences. Jesus would not threaten my life or my way of life unless my way of life were destructive.
Who would I let in….Who would you let in? Who have you let in?
If this nation is going to heal, it is going to take, in the words of a very wise 1 and 1/2 yr old by the name of Kaidence Davids — LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
Peace, Love, and Blessings
BTW….If you have the inclination look up Akiane, Art-Soulworks.com. This is who I believe was gifted with the ability to depict Jesus in portrait form