Following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in custody of police in US, racial topic are now a trend around the world. Black Lives Matters (BLM) movement has taken to streets to raise a voice against racism. But this is not all, this issue has also entered into the religion area.
People are including Jesus Christ into this topic as some are declaring that He was not white.
Although, it is not clear what people want to do by giving this statements, there are more and more that are adding the list of proclaiming about what they think was Jesus’ skin color.
On Saturday, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby brought a wave of comments on social media due to a statement he shared through his Twitter account.
“Jesus was Middle Eastern, not white. It’s important we remember this,” Welby wrote on his post.
Along with his statement, Welby also shared some of his favourite images of Christ. All the images show Jesus with dark skin.
Welby’s statements comes after he said the Church of England should rethink its portrayal of Jesus as white.
During an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday , archbishop said that the imnage of Jesus, in many churches over the world, is not depicted as white.
“You see a black Jesus, a Chinese Jesus, a Middle-Eastern Jesus, which is of course the most accurate – you see a Fijian Jesus,” Archbishop Justin said.
“Jesus is portrayed in as many ways as there are cultures, languages and understandings,” he continued.
“And I don’t think that throwing out everything we’ve got in the past is the way to do it but I do think saying: ‘That’s not the Jesus who exists, that’s not who we worship,’ it is a reminder of the universality of the God who became fully human,” he added.
Jesus was Middle Eastern, not white. It’s important we remember this.
But the God we worship in Christ is universal, and the hope he offers is good news for us all. Here are some of my favourites images of Christ from around the world.
What are yours? pic.twitter.com/iXEUdJJFGQ
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) June 27, 2020
Source: Premier.Christian News