And it has, at its center, the focal point, a very, very white Jesus.
This may or may not be an issue to anyone who reads my blog, but it is apparently an issue for some of my congregation. Less than half of those typically in attendance on Sunday morning are Anglo.
Whatever Jesus might actually have looked like, I don’t know many people who would claim he looked much like this particular image.
Some would reply with something like, “it isn’t important what Jesus actually looked like, or what color he was, so this isn’t an issue.” I agree with the former, but I am really not so sure about the latter. It does matter if a person, upon seeing this image, immediately thinks he or she is left-out, de-valued, less-acceptable merely because of color.
Now, other than this stained-glass image, is my Jesus too white? Do I imagine Jesus as a comfortably well-off, over-educated European-American?
How about your Jesus? How much like you is your Jesus?