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December 13th, 2013
09:30 AM ET

Call Jesus (or Santa) white? Expect a big fight

Opinion by Edward J. Blum, special to CNN

(CNN) - Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly sparked outrage this week by insisting that Jesus and Santa Claus are both white, saying it's "ridiculous" to argue that depicting Christ and St. Nick as Caucasian is "racist."

"And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," Kelly said, "but this person is arguing that we should also have a black Santa."

Kelly was responding to an article in Slate that said St. Nick needs a makeover from fat, old white guy to something less "melanin-deficient."

The Fox News host would have none of it.

"Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change," Kelly said. "Jesus was a white man, too. It's like we have, he's a historical figure; that's a verifiable fact. As is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy, in the story, and change Santa from white to black?"

Arguing about St. Nick, who was originally Greek before Currier & Ives got their hands on him, is one thing. But as for Jesus, people have been arguing about his skin color since the earliest days of American history. You might even call it an American tradition.

What's new about this latest brouhaha is how swiftly Kelly’s remarks were attacked. Thousands of people have rebuked her through blogs, articles, Twitter posts and Facebook updates.

Comedian Jon Stewart accused Kelly of "going full Christmas nog."

“And who are you actually talking to?" Stewart said on "The Daily Show." "Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real — yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white?”

It seems that now, if you want to call Christ — or even Santa — white, you should expect a fierce fight.

The immediate and widespread rebuttal showcases how much America has changed over the past few decades. The nation not only has a black president, but also has refused to endorse the Christian savior as white.

Since the earliest days of America, Jesus was thought of as a white man.

When white Protestant missionaries brought Bibles and whitened images of Jesus to Native Americans, at least a few mocked what they saw.

Taking the imagery seriously, the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh asked future President William Henry Harrison, “How can we have confidence in the white people? When Jesus Christ came upon the earth you kill’d and nail’d him on a cross.”

It was not until around 1900 that a group of white Americans explicitly claimed Jesus was white.

Concerned that large numbers of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, especially Jewish immigrants, were “polluting” the nation, anti-immigrant spokesmen like attorney Madison Grant asserted the whiteness of Jesus to justify calls for exclusionary legislation.

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Making Jesus white was a means to distance him from Judaism.

“In depicting the crucifixion no artist hesitates to make the two thieves brunet in contrast to the blond Savior,” Grant wrote in his xenophobic best-seller "The Passing of the Great Race."

“This is something more than a convention,” Grant continued, and suggested that Jesus had “Nordic, possibly Greek, physical and moral attributes.”

Even Martin Luther King Jr. claimed that Jesus was white, after being asked why God created Jesus as a white man.

King responded that the color of Christ’s skin didn’t matter. Jesus would have been just as important “if His skin had been black.” He “is no less significant because His skin was white.”

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Challenges to Christ’s whiteness have a long history, too.

Famed evangelist Billy Graham preached in the 1950s, and then wrote emphatically in his autobiography "Just As I Am," that, “Jesus was not a white man.”

But Graham was far from the first American to contradict the whiteness of Jesus. That honor goes to Methodist and Pequot Indian William Apess.

In 1833, he wrote to white Christians, “You know as well as I that you are not indebted to a principle beneath a white skin for your religious services but to a colored one.”

Almost 100 years later, the Jamaican born, “back-to-Africa” spokesman Marcus Garvey told his followers, “Never admit that Jesus Christ was a white man, otherwise he could not be the Son of God and God to redeem all mankind. Jesus Christ had the blood of all races in his veins.”

In our age, the color of Christ has become both politically dangerous and the butt of jokes.

In 2008, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s words “God damn America” and “Jesus was a poor black boy” almost derailed then-Sen. Barack Obama from winning the Democratic primary.

Now, Kelly bears the brunt of attacks and, in no surprise, was pilloried by comedians like Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Few Americans went on public record against King when he asserted Jesus had white skin in the 1950s. Today, thousands upon thousands from virtually every race and tribe of Americans have taken Kelly’s words seriously and seriously disdained them.

All the chatter about Jesus being white (or not) shows how much America has changed. There used to be “whites’ only” restaurants and schoolrooms. Now, even Jesus cannot be called white without repercussions.

What the debate hides, however, is what Jesus of the Bible actually did and how he related to people.

The gospels are full of discussions about Jesus and bodies. He healed the blind and those who suffered from disease. He touched and was touched by the sick. His body was pierced by thorns, a spear and nails. And he died.

READ MORE: What all those Jesus jokes tell us

The phenotype of Jesus was never an issue in the Bible. Neither Matthew, nor Mark, nor Luke, nor John mentioned Christ’s skin tone or hair color. None called him white or black or red or brown.

Obsessions about race are obsessions of our age, not the biblical one. When asked what mattered most, Jesus did not say his skin tone or body shape. He instructed his followers to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

Maybe this Christmas season, we can reflect not so much on whether or not Jesus was white and instead consider what it meant for him to be called the “light” of the world.

Edward J. Blum is the co-author of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America. He can be followed on Twitter @edwardjblum. The views expressed in this column belong to Blum alone.

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. Fish

    Which Jesus are we referring, the Jewish Jesus from Nazareth or the Christian Jesus who represents us all to our God??? The mortal Jesus from Nazareth was of course a Semite who are white but the Christian Jesus was of all races, all colors and all things!!! He expressly pointed out his mortal incarnation was merely for him to exist among his children not as any example off how he actually existed in his father's kingdom. He took great pains to point out that he was in the goodness and kindness of all mankind, not of any race creed or color but of only the kingdom of God!!!

    December 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  2. TomH

    Jesus would not have been black nor white. He would most definitely be profiled at the airport, though.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  3. Keith

    Since most of the story is an invention it really doesn't matter what color he was.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Let's not be too hasty. The santa story probably had a real person in its lineage, somewhere.

      December 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • Steven

        The origins of Santa are in present day Turkey. He likely appeared similar to the present day population.

        December 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  4. Donowen

    Jesus was Caucasian- white is a color not a race.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
    • sarge325

      According to the US census, "white" is the term for the people from North Africa, the Middle-East and Europe, that is, Caucasians. Megyn Kelly was simply using the official US descriptor for people of the same ethnic background as Jesus, a Middle-Eastern Jew.

      December 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  5. Elbonian

    One show I watched displayed a computer reconstruction of the face of St. Nicklaus (a man from what is now Turkey, although that area was under Greek control at the time). All those brown skinned people throughout the Middle East today would be much closer in skin color to both Jesus and St. Nick than would anybody today of white European descent. It is just totally ignorant to claim Jesus or St. Nick as white. We can probably blame the artists of the Italian renaissance for making Jesus white as they painted him usually in contemporary Italian clothes worn by Italian models.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • sarge325

      Incorrect, Elbonian. Those swarthy Middle-Easterners are "white" according to those who use the racial terms of white, black and Asian (including the US government). "White" doesn't mean that their skin is ivory white in color. I've never seen a "white" person, from any part of the world, whose skin color was actually white.

      December 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
      • Steven

        On the US Census Jesus would have to choose white, just like Middle Easterners, or Hispanics. Which is even more of a reason not to falsely make Jesus or Santa appear like a very light skinned man. The issue is changing the appearance of people with Middle Eastern origins to give the impression they looked similar to that of the present day white American population. In doing so they are being dishonest and using The Son of God to further increase the status of the white population while disregarding the concerns of minorities.

        December 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
      • wolverene13

        Generally, when people say "white," they are referring to someone who looks "Nordic" or "Western European" (i.e. straight brown or blonde hair, blue or green eyes, thin lips, a thin nose, etc.). So while Jesus was probably "white" from a U.S. Census-style perspective, he definitely wasn't the white that most people mean when they say the word.

        December 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  6. karl from az

    Fear not, y'all will find out on Judgement Day!

    December 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Thor

      And aren't YOU in for a surprise!

      December 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      What a disgusting god to enforce such a horrific and infinite punishment for any reason at all. Sicko.

      December 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
  7. Nancy

    Y'all, this is not a BLACK or WHITE issue. It is clearly a BROWN one. People born in Palestine 2,000 years ago were brown. Most people in the world have brown skin. So they can claim Jesus looked kind of like them, and they will be right.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  8. realist

    Jesus and Santa are both fairy tale characters so who cares what color people think they are. Are we actually talking about this?? There are more important issues in the world.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • sarge325

      Well, you're talking about it. You apparently think it is an interesting topic. "Fairy tale characters"? Jesus is a historical figure, a Jewish man who lived in the Palestine area about 2,000 years ago. You don't have to believe he is a God or a savior to recognize that. Santa Claus is clearly a mythical figure, but he is based a real person who lived in Europe. Both of these historical men belonged to the group that we today call "white" – anyone from North Africa, the Middle East, or Europe. The controversy is simply people who don't like Fox News trying to claim one of their news anchors is a stupid racist – when it is the people criticizing her who are stupid (or, at least, misinformed about racial categories) and/or racist (if they deny that Jesus was white).

      December 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
      • John

        You are obviously white. I say this only because you disregard peoples concerns without any evidence because they conflict with your ideals. The significance of her statement is that white people have claimed the Son of God is one of them. Thats not something to be taken lightly. Nor is it true, so for it to be stated on a News network is appalling.

        December 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  9. Joe

    of course.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
  10. Fae

    would skin color have mattered to Jesus?

    December 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
  11. Chris

    I am so sick of the "COLOR" thing, who cares. If you believe in Christ, you do not worry about his color, only that one day you will be welcomed into heaven by the Lord himself.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  12. jaredbradshaw

    I'm a fan of Megyn's and Fox. Thank you, Megyn, for telling it like it is. Political correctness and leveling playing fields for minorities have gone too far. Time for sensible Americans to start fighting back. Thank you, Megyn, for speaking for the silent majority.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Cathy

      Is Megan a Jew or an Arab? No she is from Syracuse. And, let me take a guess you are from Indiana or Alabama.

      Jesus was from the Middle East. Middle Eastern are not Black but they are not white either. They are Middle Easterns not European.

      Why is this so hard to understand. Bethlehem is a Palestinian city. He was born in a Palestinian city. No wonder Europeans and people from the Middle East think that we are not so bright..

      December 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • sarge325

        Middle-Easterners are white according to the US census. Megyn Kelly was correctly placing these Middle-Eastern men in one of the three widely recognized racial groups of white, black or Asian. I don't personally care about these racial designations. I put "other" and write in "human" on my census form. But Megyn was correctly using the term – and it has caused an uproar among the unimformed.

        December 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • person

      Yeah because whites shouldnt have to feel uncomfortable so only they can change the truth.... too bad u wont be the majority in a short while and slightly after that u will cease to exist all together

      December 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      The silent majority? Since when are christians silent?

      December 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
      • theshadowsmoon

        Oh, isn't that the truth? Where I live (yes, Indiana), they pretty much shout from the rooftops, "Heathen! You're going to hell!" when they find a non-believer (yes, like me) in their midst. Maybe Christians everywhere aren't vocal, but they sure as Hades are here.

        December 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Really Now

      So, Mr. Megan Kelly Fan, you do know that the original blog never made any mention of Jesus at all, much less his color, and it's Megyn who invented this PC fraud controversy, right? You do realize it is her and FOX creating their own PC, that they totally invented the issue out of thin air to make sure it is right-wing PC for a guy from the Middle East to be white, right? The blog she is ranting about NEVER mentions Jesus, and never says Santa has to be a different color.

      Megyn served up total nonsense, and you gulped it down without a thought or a clue.

      December 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
      • sarge325

        Huh? Megyn Kelly didn't say the original story mentioned Jesus. She decided to add that on her own. "Total nonsense"? Racial demographers have classified people from the Middle East as white for decades. The US census currently classifies them that way as well.

        December 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • tara

      I think you need to look up "silent" in the dictionary. You lot scream louder than everyone else in the States.

      December 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
  13. Ted

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOIyrwoVGD4&w=640&h=390]
    #

    December 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Nice!

      December 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  14. Rainer Braendlein

    Certainly the historical Jesus had a certain color. Yet, the Church, Jesus Christ's mystical body today, is multi-colored. Therefore, don't discuss Jesus' color but seek the real Church, or restore her.

    The incarnated God Jesus spent a period of time of about 30 years on earth. At the one side he was the ordinary carpenter Jesus, Joseph's son, from Nazareth living in Capernaum at Lake Tiberias, on the other side supernatural power came from him, he was sacral. When Jesus spoke with somebody that was more than human talk. When Jesus spoke with somebody, at the same time Christ or God spoke with the certain person. People which encountered Jesus in fact encountered God or the whole Godhead. That was the special thing and mystery of Jesus. Meeting Jesus meant to get into God's presence.

    However, today Jesus is beyond, and no longer in our world.

    How can we get into God's presence today?

    Is there a temple? The Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed 70 after Christ, therefore this possibility is cancelled. Is there another temple? Yes, thank God, there is the Christian Church. The Christian Church is the place of God's presence today. Through sacral acts of the whole Church we get into God's presence, and that conforms an encounter with the earthly Jesus former times.

    The Church, of course, consists of people of all nations, colours, status, ranks, etc.

    Conclusion: It plays no role if Jesus was red, black, white or yellow. The historical Jesus who certainly had a certain color is represented today through a multi-tude of people of different colour.

    Don't discuss about the colour of the historical Jesus but join his Church where you can still meet him today. The Church, Christ's mystical body.

    What is the Christian Church?

    The real Church preaches discipleship of Jesus on the basis of the releasing power of his sacrifice. This power is dedicated to us through sacramental baptism. Discipleship is kept through Lord's Supper and private confession of sins. I admit that it is hard or nearly impossible to find such a church today. Let us pray.

    If Jesus would return today, would he find the faith on earth? Hardly, or does anybody know better?

    No color talk but pastoral care for our toasted souls – that is what we need. Does anybody know a church preaching discipleship on the basis of Jesus' sacrifice and sacramental baptism?

    December 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Joe

      Historical Jesus is an oxymoron. It is much more probable, given the overwhelming amount of evidence that exists today, that Jesus never even existed. He was probably the creation of the Romans (helped by the Jewish historian Josephus) used to pacify the Jewish rebels of the times.

      December 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
      • David

        You do realize how ridiculous this sounds, right?

        December 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
      • Justin

        That's ridiculous.

        "Bart Ehrman (a secular agnostic) wrote: "He certainly existed, as virtually every competent scholar of antiquity, Christian or non-Christian, agrees" B. Ehrman, 2011 Forged : writing in the name of God ISBN 978-0-06-207863-6. page 285"

        December 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Jill

      Rainer Braendlein, gargle with petunias and comic books. Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

      So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

      Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

      Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

      Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

      And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      December 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • theshadowsmoon

        I laughed so hard I cried reading your reply, Jill. It is utterly brilliant. My husband does something he calls "Chaotic Words" and I applaud yours as this year's finest. Well done!

        December 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
      • whatever

        Wow. You, like, totally speak to me. Praise!
        Can I send you some money so that you can cleanse me of my sin? That would be awesome.

        December 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • RC@Jill

        That all sounds reasonable to me except the part about controlling my wood. I have a hard time with that.....

        December 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • Ed

      Jill has it right. Rainer, you are a stupid blowhard. Be brief or SHUSH already!

      December 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • theshadowsmoon

      Wow, thanks! I think you've just given me my new favorite phrase! I have so got to find an excuse to say, "Their toasted souls," today!

      December 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
      • Lawrence of Syria

        Rainer, is that you?

        December 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • RC

      This is the 3rd or 4th time you've posted this same drivel word for word. ENOUGH! If you can't be more creative, then SHUT UP!

      December 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • Bibletruth

      There is only one true church on earth today. That is not to say there are not true believers in the various churches, although those churches are false and when those true believers see some things, they depart the false church they are in and go to the true church...as the bible calls to the true ones who are in the false systems...."come out of her my people"...come out of Babylon!
      The true church has ever been comprised of those who love God and keep his commandments. Jesus likewise says "If you love me, keep my commandments". All one need do is read the ten commandments in Exodus chapter 20 and one can eliminate almost all the churches in Christendom and know they are false. So dear friends, read the ten commandments in the word of God (the bible) and if you love Jesus, act accordingly.

      December 26, 2013 at 11:39 am |
      • Jen

        Considering St Peter and Paul started the first Christian churches, i think you are wrong

        December 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  15. How To Get Rich And Famous As A Conservative

    1. Publicly say something really wild and very stupid about one of our hot-button non-issues like The War On Christmas.

    2. Blame the liberals for everything (using immature junior high school language cliches). Make semi-racist comments about Obama.

    3. Never back down from the stupid thing you said. Indeed, become self-righteously defiant about the matter.

    4. Blame the liberals for everything (using immature junior high school language cliches). Make more semi-racist comments about Obama.

    In only a few weeks, you will have a highly paid position saying wild stupid things with your own show on FOX or the radio. Where you can blame the liberals for everything (using immature junior high school language cliches) and make semi-racist comments about Obama. Have books ghost-written for you blaming the liberals for everything (using immature junior high school language cliches) and making semi-racist comments about Obama.

    You too will become rich for stirring up hatred.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  16. His panic

    😀 😀 Everyone claims Jesus as one of their own!!

    They must be in State of Panic. She certainly was having an attack of seasonal anxiety possibly Hysteria. That is what happens when you do not really, really Trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son. Those who really, really Trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son WILL NOT Panic like that. Neither believe or say such absurdities..

    December 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  17. V. Preston

    I suggest all of you read Revelation chapter 2:9 and 3:9 where Jesus was described as having hair like lambs wool and skin like brass burnt in an oven. The book of Daniels also decribes him as having skin like burnt brass and eyes like flaming coals. yes Jesus was jewish but the word jew is short for Judah one of the 12 children of Jacob who later changed his name to Isreal after wreslting all night with God's angel. He was also hewbrew which simply means to 'cross over." When the childrenof Isreal wandered in the desert they cross over the Euphrates river.

    He certainly was not european.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • Winter

      I'm not saying Jesus was a white European, but those descriptions in Revelations are allegorical. It also said he had a double edged sword coming out of his mouth. It didn't mean he literally has a tongue for a sword. It meant he defeats evil with truth, not violence.

      December 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Quest ion

      How good is your Geography?

      Did not they crossed the Jordan river?

      Do you know where the Euphrates river is?

      December 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  18. typicalwhitemale

    Last time I checked, the govt considers Arabs, middle easterners and jews to be white. They are counted as white on the census, so yes, Jesus was white. Plain and simple. The same liberal media that wants to divorce us whites from Jesus by saying he wasn't white are the same media that works to tell us that Zimmerman IN white. It's a racial game they play to that anything bad=white, anything good=not white. The original article that provoked all of this was a racist article from an uppity black woman telling whites we shouldn't have our white santa. Santa was an invention of whites, based on a Greek man. Greeks are white.

    December 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • David

      So you're telling me if the gov't called them all black, you'd accept that they are all black.

      Phenomonoal... you're like a mental slave tho the US govt

      December 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Jesus was a mutt. All sorts of races mixed in...if you believe that babble, anyway. Santa is white, obviously. Both are mythical icons to soothe the hardships of life.

      December 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • person

      Yes the govt considers them white but that is not how most of them feel and the only reason the government recently started counting arabs and jews as white is because the bigots like you are scared of your ever dwindling numbers. The middle east is in asia and leads into africa which makes them all asian. U r the typical white maleand I am sure ur not an arab or jew. But soon white jesus and white santa will fade just like white people in general so enjoy ur nonsense while it lasts

      December 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • David

      LOL and greeks are not white. Hilarious.

      yes I get it, if in africa they are not as dark as can be then they are not black. So you steal Eggypt, by calling them Caucasians and trying to interpret their DNA to match.

      But in Europe, you cant have any notion that anyone there is less than completely white, so of course, since the Greeks are pretty much the furthest ones from the genetic line, you gotta include them... again reinterpret the DNA to match.

      Oh Golden Dawn called for you, they want your phiosophy to help them along.

      December 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  19. Bianca

    As a Christian my opinion on this is simply put: Does it matter? The fact that this lady brought this up shows me exactly where her faith is. So any opinion she has doesn't matter. Anyone who tries to categorize JESUS CHRIST in category with any man in any way has very little faith. In saying that..

    Im Black American and I believe in Jesus Christ as my LORD and Savior. The color of his skin has nothing to do with my religion or relationship. I don't know what color Jesus is. I don't care what color Jesus is.

    Jesus died for ALL OF OUR SINS. If he was black white green or purple simply doesn't matter. Why argue about this?

    December 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
  20. spider

    If you were a biblical scholar they would tell you He is all colors. Check it out His genealogy is in the Old Testament!

    December 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
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