I was recently engaged in a conversation with a colleague regarding race, specifically on the importance of the race of Jesus. The conversation is posted below. His argument, in summary, is that the skin tone of Jesus is of great importance in knowing "the truth". In other words, Jesus was Black or descended from blacks (which I am not interested in arguing), and that knowing this is TRUTH and it will set you free (which I am arguing). You’ve got to be kidding me. I had no plans of sharing the conversation, but I decided to just because it really infuriates me. It is so sad. This points to a greater human problem of drawing boundaries between itself based on trivial human matters like race, and other physical, economical, and ideological characteristics—the same boundaries that the theologically, spiritually, and historically true Christ came to erase. The only boundary Christ upheld was that one which divided evil from good. Historically, Jesus was one of the first, if not the major, influential people to stir controversy by going against societal and cultural norms in views regarding race, nationality, gender, economic class, religious class. And he was HATED and killed for that by Pharisees, who were the intellectuals and the religious Ph.Ds of the time.
Anyway, here is the conversation:
I never did get back with you about why does Christ shade of skin matters. Instead of just giving you a plethora of information. I'll just drive to the point of why it matters. Before I say anything in regards to that, let me ask you a couple of questions so we can build some level of consensus.
Do you believe in the bible from Genesis all the way to Revelation? Do you uphold truth over lies and opinions?
I need to know these answers because if you do not believe in the bible then this conversation does not matter and nothing fruitful will become of it. Two, if you honor peoples opinions that can be disputed it will be very hard for you to see truth.
Also to add to that question, if you uphold truth over lies and opinions then what is truth?
I believe in God, in Christ, and in every letter and word of the Bible. And in the Bible, Christ's race is not the focus. And race in general is not the focus. Salvation is for everyone, not just for a specific race, but everyone. Anything else, is heresy. I am not really interested in getting into an intellectual debate about racial matters, specifically if they relate to God, because those two don't go together. Let's talk about racism in the world, but not Christ's race. Let's talk about economic disparities and injustice, prejudice which Jesus was more interested in, not about Christ's race or God's gender and all that other meaningless jazz that is dividing humanity and even getting Christians divided against one another. At the end of the day, race is as trivial as gender, body weight, height, etc. I respect and trust your intellectual understanding of truth and the Bible. If you do want to have this conversation, all I ask is for 1 or 2 scriptures from the Bible that say race is important. I can give you many scriptures that say our indwelling sin is more important and that Christ is our cure, and of greater importance
[Name removed], I trust you are on the search for truth brother, and I pray you find it and that it changes who you are on the inside, and I think all of us are. But let's not deviate too far into intellectuallism and man-made teachings that don't really give us freedom from slavery of our own messed up desires, that we are all so aware of.
I [absolutely] love intellectual conversations, and I can have those, but I have learned to be careful to not mix intellectuallism with spiritualism, especially as it relates to God. God's intellect is above human wisdom and intelligence. I tried to mix those two this year, and it was a disaster. But I don't question your knowledge bro, but I do hope down the line, you can accept the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ, which is God-centered, Christ-centered, to all races, genders, sexual orientations, etc.
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