What next? Black Jesus smoking a ganja spliff?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Once again, this is the season when some of those of us who consider Jesus to be divine celebrate His birth. Now while some celebrate his gift of 'salvation', there are others who celebrate his colour - or should I say, the colour they have given Him.
Have you ever taken note of the many black Jesus images that adorn our churches and other places these days? Why is it that so many black Christians are changing Jesus' colour to black? Is it even right to do so?
While there has always been some debate as to what Jesus' true complexion actually was, there is no debate, as far as many Christians are concerned, as to what that complexion should be.
We have always been presented with an image of Jesus being white and European looking: straight hair and nose, blue eyes and slender-built. In other words, the perfect European.
Black people, too, want a black god - and many definitely don't want a white one. That, I am sure, is why Jesus, in many of our black churches, is increasingly becoming black. It is not good enough for us black people to be like God - it is more important for God to be like us.
However, this blackening of Jesus is a mistake, just like Europe's whitening of him.
For one thing, changing Jesus' colour is the first step in a long series of acts to remake Jesus in the black man's image. I have already seen a dreadlocked Jesus. I am sure we will soon see one nailed to the cross with a ganja spliff in his mouth. Maybe we may even see Jesus the gangster - topless, with a halo over his head and with his underpants above his waist and his trousers way below it.
Making Jesus black is not helping the cause of unity. It is actually promoting division. It would be better for those of us who want to make Jesus black (or any other colour) to concentrate on what he had to say, instead of his complexion.
MICHAEL A. DINGWALL