Your Jesus

whitejesusWhat if your Jesus looks more like a Black Lives Matter protestor than he looks like you? What if your Jesus looks more like a Syrian refugee than he looks like you? What if your Jesus looks like a Mexican immigrant, a Muslim cab driver; what if your Jesus looks more like the people you fear than he looks like you?

If Jesus showed up on your doorstep in the middle of the night, would you shoot him like that white man shot that black woman who knocked on his door after her car broke down? Do you think your Jesus looks more like Dylann Roof than the 9 black people who welcomed him to pray with them? Or does your Jesus look more like Officer Daniel Pantaleo than Eric Garner, the black man he choked to death for selling loose cigarettes?

Does your Jesus live in a gated community, drive a Cadillac SUV, and send his kids to all-white, private, “Christian” schools to segregate them from poorer, browner children? Does he go to a megachurch where the pastor owns a private jet? Is that your Jesus? A rich, white, powerful Jesus who blames the poor for their poverty, women for their sexual assaults, and brown and black women and men for their own murders at the hands of police? Does your Jesus call women murderers because of their abortions, whores because of their birth control pills, and welfare queens when they “choose life” and find themselves unable to pay for it? Is that your Jesus?

Did your Jesus vote for a racist, misogynist, pathologically lying, rich, spoiled white boy with no character and no integrity who has never once done an honest day’s work, who has never scrubbed a toilet or gotten up in the middle of the night with a sick kid, who won the lottery that YOU SHOULD HAVE WON? Is that your savior?

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