Megyn Kelly, Fox News commentator says Jesus and Santa Claus are both white. Before we offend anyone let’s look at this from a cultural stand point and with secular reason. The article by Max Fisher found in WorldViews contains this excerpt of a respected professor of such subjects and his view.
What, as far as we know, did Jesus look like? What do we actually know about him?
“Well, what we know about him is that he was Galilean. As a Galilean, he would have been what is referred to as a Palestinian Jew. He would look the way that the average Palestinian would look today. So that would mean dark features, hairy, probably a longer nose, black hair.”
Nothing offensive here, a reasonable statement that really does not rise to the level of insult, disrespect or wishful thinking; now let’s look at what the Bible says. Genesis 1:27 King James Version.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
One thing about the community of believers is of course their diversity, so it is only reasonable to find diversity in the acceptance and use of various translations of the bible. I have chosen the KJV because most of the recent translations are newer forms that in no way change the content of the message. The verse above leads us to ask the next question. If I am created in his image, would not God be white? Some of you reading this might ask, or black, yellow, red, whatever. Next place to go is the dictionary and see what it says about “image”.
exact likeness/semblance” God created man in his own image Genesis 1:27(Revised Standard Version)
If you believe as I do that God, Son, and the Holy Spirit are one, maybe it is not important what Jesus looks like but what makes him what he is, his image in our mind so to speak. Now as a person sitting in the pews and not a theological student I often read a wide range of thought on different matters, then pick the one that I am most comfortable with through study and prayer. God does not have a problem, we do and it is one of image. I settled on an article by Dick Staub written in March of 2013. Here are his six points of what the “Image of God” really means.
-God is Creative –
-God is Spirit
-God communicates God is intelligent
-God is relational
-God is a moral being
One last thing from Dick Stuab…..”In his image we should reflect God’s creative, spiritual, intelligent, communicative, relational, moral and purposeful capacities”……. How do you see yourself, what image do you present to the world?