Sometimes I wonder what the world would look like if white Christians worshipped the real Jesus. And sometimes I wonder what their religion really is if they changed the face of their savior.
Sometimes, I think they're the most notorious terrorists in modern history. And, right now, they're amping up for another run. But this isn't what the real Jesus would have done.
If they worshipped the real Jesus, with his dark skin and his curly hair and his dark eyes, would they have thought differently of Indigenous Nations? Would white historian after white historian have continued the savage myth? When, really, there were sophisticated societies and governments and roads and towns - right here, with no need of murderous "saving" or white "wisdom." Our origin was an invasion, was a genocide, led by white men in the name of a white Jesus - who never was.
If they worshipped the real Jesus, with his dark skin and his curly hair and his dark eyes, would they have enslaved black Africans? Would they have sung their holy songs while lashing the backs of souls whose image was closer to their savior than their own? Would their churches still have hosted barbecues where they laid out blankets and ate well all while watching black bodies be burned or hung or dismembered? Would there have been an Auschwitz? Would they, today, be chanting "Let's Go Brandon" from their pews and peddling fear about CRT?
But then, I think...
Of course they're making CRT their calling card. Because an accurate telling of our history - of their history - would reveal them. Jesus wasn't white and the white American story isn't a fairytale of courage and valor. At least not the white evangelical story. File that one under horror.
So what if, all those hundreds and hundreds of years ago...white men hadn't made Jesus in THEIR image...what if they'd done what they so piously tell us to do - remained loyal to HIS image, his real image? Would they have welcomed the stranger? Loved their neighbor? Withheld judgement? Washed feet - worn masks?
Maybe I'm naive, but I think it could have changed the face of the world. Because white supremacy is rooted in white christianity. Would that be so if Christians were worshipping a dark-skinned savior? If, all along, Christians had worshipped Jesus as he was - a dark-skinned Jewish man - if churches had crafted stained glass windows and alters out of this true image - would white supremacy have been the foundation for the birth of nations? When a church changes the image of Jesus - what else is the church changing?
Seems to me that a brown-skinned Jesus is what the white Christian world needs. Because to worship someone who looks differently than you is to understand that you are not the center of the universe. It's to understand that great and beautiful and holy and omniscient men and women and children - aren't white by default - that the world is wider than nations or tribes or skin colors, or even religions.
That we're all family...
just walking each other home.