Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hey! Jesus Wasn't White!

It's so surprising to me (although I suppose it shouldn't be at this point) how many nativity scenes, books, art, everything! features a white Jesus. People know he was born in the middle east right? The Bible does talk a lot about deserts, sun, and sand. People who live in the desert generally don't look like the pearly-white-skin-american-looking Bible characters that are marketed to us from a young age.

Just recently I saw a nativity scene where all of the characters are white except for the three wise men. What the heck? Did I miss something here? Does it say in the Bible that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus sport Eastern European features and pasty white skin despite being from the middle east, and the three wise men are the only ones who actually looked like they're supposed to be where they're from? I think there's come kind of conspiracy going on here.

Oh, by the way, thanks to Janiece and Rachel for the blog title!


Rachel said...

I know, its is crazy. Our country is so ethnocentric it makes me sick. Especially when they try to justify it with God.

Meg said...

Oh my gosh, J-Momma. Mateo is adorable! I don't think he could be any cuter!

janiece said...

I tell you--growing up in the midwest and graduating from high school with 399 white kids and 1 black kid--moving to a more culturally diverse community and having a multi-colored family has been eye opening. Travelling internationally helps too! And my life is so much better for it. Now if I could just share that with the rest of the world. Life is so much more fun and interesting once you realize---everyone isn't black and white--there is much more variety!

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