Activist Shaun King Says “White” Jesus Must Go
Activist Shaun King Says “White” Jesus Must Go
We don’t have enough anarchy and turmoil going on in our Country, right? Riots, anarchy, pandemic, police murders and nooses. Enter Shaun King. Apparently, the activist was feeling kind of salty because he wasn’t getting any clicks, ink or air time. Mr. King has declared that all images of “white” Jesus must be removed.
If you are asking, Shaun King, who is that? Don’t feel embarrassed. King pops up from time to time and his claims of ethnicity are quite sketchy. He has glommed on to the Black Lives Matter movement in much the same way Rachel Dolezal did. Lisa wrote about BLM activist King five years ago. You can read her full post here. Here is a portion:
What does it say about one of your leaders if he or she cannot be authentic about their past? What does it say about a white person (by birth and other public records) who takes advantage of an opportunity that they should not take advantage of (scholarships, jobs, etcetera?) What does it say about a person-any person of any ethnicity-who is willing to LIE and capitalize on a movement and not willing to give straight answers when pressed with them? What does it say about a person when they are fueling the fires of racism and he, himself is a sham?
Even Don Lemon questioned King’s claim to being black:
The 40 year old King has been searching for an audience for decades. After college, he taught high school for a year and started his own church in 2008. In 2012, he left the church citing stress and disillusionment. Well, possibly defrauding people and charities might be stressful. He has accused others of crimes and when those people were found innocent, he has not apologized.
In order get his relevancy back, activist King has decided to pull Jesus in to the quagmire. Here are some excerpts from his nonsense, courtesy of the Washington Times:
“Yes,” Mr. King said regarding his support for tearing down images of Christ. “All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form [of] white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.”
“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” he said. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.
In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down.”
And, this tweet:
I am a practicing Christian.
I am an ordained minister and was a Senior Pastor for many years.
If my critiques of the white supremacy within the Christian world bother you to the point of wanting to kill me, you are the problem.
Christian whiteness has ALWAYS been dangerous.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 23, 2020
Shaun King has so much hatred flowing in those words, it’s hard to know where to start. The earliest documentation of the land now known as Denmark is from 500 A.D.. Travel was quite limited in Jesus’s time. A boat from Nazareth to Egypt would have made the most sense. As to what Jesus looked like, History.com gives us, not the answer, but an answer:
For many scholars, Revelation 1:14-15 offers a clue that Jesus’s skin was a darker hue and that his hair was woolly in texture. The hairs of his head, it says, “were white as white wool, white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace.”
“We don’t know what [Jesus] looked like, but if all of the things that we do know about him are true, he was a Palestinian Jewish man living in Galilee in the first century,” says Robert Cargill, assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa and editor of Biblical Archaeology Review. “So he would have looked like a Palestinian Jewish man of the first century. He would have looked like a Jewish Galilean.”
Revelations was written 500 years before Jesus’s birth, so the writer never met Jesus. The paintings and stained-glass windows depicting Jesus have generally reflected the ethnicity of the painter. Shaun King may claim to be an ordained pastor and I am just a backsliding Southern Baptist, but I do know this: The color or ethnicity of Jesus is not the point. We are all created in God’s image, Jesus the the Son of God and Man. Therefore, Jesus looks like all of us. Am I missing something?
The Black Lives Matters movement does not need a flamethrower like Shaun King helping them. I’ma pray for him.
Correction: As several readers have pointed out, I made a huge and easily checked mistake. The Book of Revelation was written sometime around 96 CE in Asia Minor. The author was probably a Christian from Ephesus known as “John the Elder.” According to the Book, this John was on the island of Patmos, not far from the coast of Asia Minor, “because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 1.10).
Thank you, Readers.