What is “The White Man’s God”? It sounds so ridiculous to me when I hear that expression.
The idea seems to be held by many people of color and is based primarily on three things:
- the many depictions of Jesus Christ as a Caucasian male in art dating back to the 7th century A.D.;
- the unpopularity of a few largely unknown depictions of Jesus Christ as a person of color in art from the 3rd, 4th and 6th centuries A.D.; and
- the well-known use of the Holy Bible to control people during slavery.
The expression “The White Man’s God” is based on mistaken thought and unsound argument. People who subscribe to this mistaken thought have failed to consider a few things from the Old Testament.
- Adam’s body was made by God from the red dirt (Genesis 2:7) so Adam was a man of color. Scholars have accepted the fact that this was in Africa.
- Abram, who became Abraham, came from a place called Ur of the Chaldees (Joshua 24:2), which was located in North Africa, in the region of Iraq (Mesopotamia) to be precise.
- Abram had a son, Ishmael, with an Egyptian woman Hagar. Hagar prayed to God. God heard her and sent an Angel to speak to her and comfort her (Genesis 16:7-15).
- Anthropologically, despite the modern depictions in media, we know Egyptians and Hebrews of the time were people of color.
- To the chagrin of his siblings Moses married an Ethiopian woman (Numbers 12:1). She would have worshipped Moses’ God as was the custom at the time. Ethiopians are also people of color.
- Adam, Abraham and Moses all worshipped the same God, and so did all the foreigners of color who became their family.
Fast forward to the New Testament:
- From the outset, when the Good News of Jesus the Messiah began to spread at Pentecost, there were people from every nation who were in Jerusalem at that place. This included Asians, Arabs and Africans, who were Jews, who believed on and became followers of Jesus (Acts 2:5-11).
- Specific mention is made of an Ethiopian (a blessed people who were destined to know God) nobleman from Queen Candace’s court, to whom the Apostle Philip opened the scriptures, who believed, was baptized and became a follower of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:26-38).
- As a direct result, Ethiopians were prepared from the Old Testament and received the blessing of God in Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
- The Ethiopian Christian Church of today traces it’s lineage directly back to Jesus through the Apostle Philip.
From a logical and historical point of view, the ten points above give enough evidence for the unbiased mind, to debunk the false ideology that our God, the God of the Holy Bible, JAH, Jehovah, YaHWeH, Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, is “The White Man’s God”.
Our God is not “The White Man’s God”, He is the God of every nation. I urge everyone to think and grow from this. Blessings!