White Jesus

Regarding the “Santa is white and so is Jesus” kerfuffle: I guess I wouldn’t mind if Saint Nick was a white guy, although why a TV news person like Megyn Kelly would go out of her way to make that point about a fictional character is beyond me. (She says now that her remarks were tongue-in-cheek, but the original video doesn’t appear to display much twinkle-in-the-eye.) There is a delightful black Santa patrolling downtown L.A. this Christmas season, and children of all ethnicities seem to take great delight in relating to a Santa Claus who looks like what they see in the mirror. But the “white Jesus” bit is absurd on a deeper level – setting aside that He was born of a Jewish girl and shared the DNA of millions of Middle Eastern people. Not once does the Bible suggest that Jesus looked any different from His twelve disciples or the teeming crowds He came to our world to serve. There’s also this: having spent years in Thailand as the son of church workers, it is already difficult enough to dispel the common notion that wealthy American missionaries jet over to Bangkok with their prosperity gospel and Disneyland attitudes, their L.A. Lakers, and this all-white, stars-and-stripes Jesus-y new religion. Jesus is the Savior of the world; the most important “color statement” to be made about Him might be that the blood He shed for us was, you know, red.




About David B. Smith

I'm a math professor at San Bernardino Valley College - awesome place! - and author of adult Christian fiction. Lisa and I have two grown daughters and four grandkids.
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