If Jesus Were Born Black

If Jesus Were Born Black
would white men still worship Him?
Would He still Be Lifted Up As The Son of God
by the evangelicals?
If He Were Born Black Instead of Olive Skinned
If His Skin were Dusky, the color of coal
Would men in the bible belt still call Him their Saviour?
What would change but the color of His skin?
He still would have been nailed to The Cross
Paid for the sins of a bigoted world
If The Lord of Glory were born in Africa
instead of Jerusalem,
Would it matter to His Deity?
Whether or not The Lord was
born a black man
His ivory portrait hung with care
in Berean bible houses
Yet, Our God with a palette of variation
created us in browns and blacks
embracing every race of man
as sons and daughters
As a testament to His Glory
to teach us His Love,
But sin distorted what God
meant for beauty,
When men attempt to Twist His Cross for their own
agendas into the hatred
Jesus vehemently condemns
God didn’t create a white Jesus
this blue eyed Jesus
caucasians painted in their own image
Even though Our Lord has no more skin
pale, dark or otherwise
But in the history of this nation
enslaving and murdering in the name and the image
of God
faith built on lynchings and cross burnings
seared into the fabric of a nation
assuming God has prejudices as men
glorifying Jesus as white for centuries
when He was of the tribe of Judah
a carpenter whose skin would have been
burned by the sun,
whose copper coloured eyes,
penetrated the sins of men
If Jesus were born black
He would expose bigots
to a Gospel without colour
He was not a Roman,
nor a Swede
He was a Jew
despised and rejected
as the race
brought over in slave
whipped as the slaves
who for centuries tried
to be free
Saviour to both black and white
to all who are contrite and to all who mourn
HE is Glorified,
ascended and seated at The Right Hand
of His Father on The Throne
with eyes of flame as a witness
sees the defamation of what is done
In His Name
the desecration in the hearts of men
If Jesus Were Born Black
Would the boy Emmet Till have been slaughtered still?
by lovers of a white Jesus
a boy who was not born white now cradled in the arms
of a Jesus without a colour.

If Jesus Were Born Black

Matty B. Duran

Joined July 2009

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Artist's Description

A thought came to me after watching an episode of The Original Twilight Zone, entitled," I Am The Night Color Me Black." Rod Serling also wrote an episode for Playhouse 90, entitled, “A Town Turned To Dust”, based on the Emmett Till case. May he rest in peace. However, being the 1950’s Mr. Serling was censored, and the play he had written was telecast with changes to his story. Instead of African American, the character was Mexican.
To Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is seated at The Right Hand of The Father Have all The Glory. May He cleanse us from our prejudices. We know Our Lord was born A Jew when he walked the earth. But really, whatever skin color He would have had, He is Our Lord who died for our sins. The rest is just skin deep.
Read about Emmett Till

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