We all want to connect to the powers that be,
and deep in our hearts, hope that He reflects "me"
Whatever the color, whatever the race BECAUSE
No matter what else, Jesus has shed precious blood
"They" may see white palms, others see black
But Jesus looks down upon all things that we lack
I just see a light that fills the old emptiness
And pray for the fulfilled promise of happiness
We are ALL family, brothers and sisters, you and I
Born of Adam, born of Noah, born of God in the sky
we all spend green and bleed that ever crimson red
Even God's first born, at least that's what I've read
Sometimes I wish the world blind because then
we'd be forced to see where our hearts have been
To see from the inside out, not the other way 'round
Forced to hear with our faith... God's loving sound
So, God, blind me to the injustices of the world
let me hear not hatred as it shouts unfurled
Close my nose to the nauseating smell of bigotry
let me not feel the anger that ever threatens me
Let me see instead your precious promise of Paradise
Let me feel the current of hope that surely underlies
every word, every prophecy, every miracle, every promise
And please, God, keep me from becoming a doubting Thomas
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil the monkeys said
I pray the same for my heart as I nightly kneel by my bed
May I see the best in men, may I hear your truth daily
May my speech reflect yours so I may be saved... maybe
May we really become one in union with you, dear God
And like Jesus, may my own feet with The Good News be shod
May I wear your armor and continually fight the Fine Fight
And may I ever strive to do what I know is right
For only then, Jehovah, will I truly and completely be
Acting in unison with our brotherhood here in harmony
And only then will we have what we've been wanting, what we lack
When once and for all we're forgiven with Jesus' blood, white or black
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(This was Inspired by Libra, a poem by Brian Jones)
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The main photo at top is an anthropological view
of what Jesus would actually look like and was obtained from...
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A much further look into who Jesus is and what he's done for us
(and will yet do for us) can be found at ...
Jesus' Miracles - History or Myth?
Jesus' Worlwide Influence
Why Believe In Jesus?
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I posted this on my blog site
and this was an answer I left to someone's comment there...
Boudreaux Saturday October 28, 2006 - 10:16am (CDT)
beautifully shared ~ good morning mareee.
BrytEyz Saturday October 28, 2006 - 12:08pm (EDT)
Wow... that was quick! Do you LIVE here? LOL. Glad you like it though... Brian is a great writer and familiar with the scriptures as well. I read his poem and felt a pain for him, imagining him sitting there in a pew, staring up at the statue of Jesus and being somewhat unable to connect with "God" because in his mind... he was black and Jesus was white.
I wished then, that we were all color blind, because it shouldn't matter what our skin color is, whether we're applying for a job, considering a friendship, or trying to relate to God. We ALL came from Adam, we all later come from Noah, and we are ALL family. Even though I am light skinned (having Cherokee and Philippine coursing through my American Mutt veins), I don't try to picture God in any human form, just a spirit being, a light to guide the way.
Much research has been done and has pretty much ruled out that Jesus was not white or black, but more of a middle-eastern man with dark brown skin and black or dark brown thick wavy hair (and not LONG like everyone depicts either). I included a link at the bottom of my post to a very interesting article I thought others would like too. And I also headed my poem with the most likely version of what Jesus looked like. In the end, though, does it really matter? If he was black, would he be unable to identify with me? Would he love me less? Would he be unable to understand my trials and tribulations?
No! For the scriptures plainly state that "We have as high priest, not one who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tested in all respects like ourselves, but without sin." Paul then encourages those who exercise faith in Jesus Christ to take full advantage of this arrangement for reconciliation to God saying: "Let us, therefore, approach with freeness of speech to the throne of undeserved kindness... for help at the right time." (Heb. 4:14-16; 1 John 2:2)
No, it doesn't matter what color Christ's skin was. What matters is that he is, that he remained faithful to God's and fulfilled his will and ensured God's purpose was met. With Christ as our leader, the things that matter are inside and unseen... not visible to the naked eye. When reading the following scripture, do you think of color? Or comfort?
"Come to me, all you who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for your souls. For my yoke is kindly and my load is light." (Matt. 11:28-30)