Sharpton Guest: Jesus was a “brown-skinned Palestinian man who understood he needed to resist”
“Jesus can be too white and too empired for us to understand.”
Jesus: social justice warrior? Apparently so, if you believe Jacqui Lewis, senior minister of the very liberal Middle Collegiate Church in NYC. During her appearance on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show this morning, Lewis described Jesus as a “brown-skinned Palestinian man who understood he needed to resist.”
The notion that Jesus was Palestinian has been thoroughly debunked. He was Jewish, after all. But that hasn’t stopped anti-Semites like Barack Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, from also making the claim.
Claiming that “America has forgotten what it means to be Christian,” Lewis said that “Jesus can be too white and too empired for us to understand.”
And was Lewis alluding to Jews, sometimes referred to as the Chosen People, when she said “the Jesus that is created by the white church . . . believes that because, quote, folks are chosen, that they have more money, more assets, more wealth, better education”?
Note: Lewis describes the Jesus created by white America as too “empired” to be understood. Empired? Is that even a word? Or is it a neologism of the sort left-wingers favor, to lend an intellectual gloss to their spiel?
Note segundo: here is Lewis in 2015 relying on Scripture to help Harry Smith make the case that the US should admit Syrian refugees.
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Apparently what the Bible says about Jesus isn’t important. Jesus is whoever I need him to be in order to further my agenda.
So those on the Left treat the Bible like they do the Constitution – it means whatever they choose it to mean. Sounds par for the course.
You nailed it!
That also goes this entire movement.
There never was a Palestinian country (just a name the Romans gave to Israel to rub salt into the wound of a conquered people).
There never was a Palestinian “race.” (They’re everything else but!)
While I completely agree Jesus possessed a Semitic appearance it doesn’t matter. He is the Unbegotten Son of God and it is WHAT He did that matters. Putting a contemporary political spin on Biblical figures reduces their true significance.
Besides, she was just talkin’ bout Brown Jesus. Remember that the most Divine Black Jesus recently finished up 8 years in the White House and is taking a trip to Chicago this weekend, if you want to see him. Rumor has it that he plans to walk across Lake Michigan, and if you doubt that you must be a racist!!!
My bad – I thought it was the anti-Christ from Chicago.
Didn’t some recent DNA testing of blood from the Shroud of Turin indicate that Jesus was Druze?
Reverend. She keeps using that word, but I don’t think it means what she thinks it means.
Wasn’t this fellow-traveler “lady” in the news not long ago about some college controversy…..and she was fired for it?!
I will have to look her up.
She needs to be saved. If you believe.
Al Sharpton still has a TV show?
Shouldn’t he be in Capone’s old cell for tax evasion?
The important thing is what He wasn’t.
And what He wasn’t was Muslim. He’d been dead for nearly six centuries before Muhammad began lowering property values in that general part of the world.
“Empired” – is that from “High Ebonics”?
It’s that old tradition of verging nouns. One especially grating one is “parenting”?
These people are a special brand of liar.
They believe it.
I meant to say the believe their own lies.
You are not being quite fair to her, you are taking the one reference to Jesus as Palestinian out of context. She clearly refers several times to Jesus as Rabbi Yeshua, acknowledging his Jewishness. Palestine was the Roman term for the geographic area, so she is also technically correct in calling him Palestinian in that sense. And he was likely of swarthy complexion and obviously was resisting the Romans. Otherwise, she’s obviously another confused lefty full of inherent contradictions in what she’s trying to communicate. But she was not trying to take away the Jewishness of Jesus, in my take on this.
You’re right that she also referred to him as Rabbi Yeshua. But given that there was no such term as Palestine at the time of Jesus’ birth, labeling him a Palestinian has current political implications.
As discussed in the linked Commentary article, the claim that Jesus was a Palestinian is used by modern-day leftists to delegitimize Jewish claims on Israel:
“It is a variant of liberation theology, the doctrine propounded in the 1960s to suggest that socialist revolution was the proper fulfillment of the Christian duty to the poor. In this iteration, Jesus becomes a Palestinian persecuted by the Jews while Jesus’s descendants—who knew he had any?—become today’s Palestinians, crucified in the very land that was promised to them. Their liberation would, of course, require the dissolution of the Jewish state.”
This is not a case of Mark being unfair; it’s a case of you being overly generous. Lewis is engaging in a long-standing tradition of anti-Semite Christians, a concept that has not existed in America on a large scale but that marks much of European history (including its darkest moments as manifested in the Holocaust).
When she says Jesus was a Palestinian, she doesn’t mean–or probably have any idea at all about–the ancient geographical area labeled “Palestine.” She ties Jesus to modern-day “Palestine” and to modern day social justice. This isn’t an accident.
She is using the term in application to Jesus as a clear jab at both “white” people and more pointedly at Jewish people, all of whom she imagines are white, rich, educated, and powerful.
We know all this because she goes on to mock God’s “chosen people,” the Jewish people.
She’s the worst sort of race-baiting hate-monger in that she is using people’s ignorance of both history and the Bible to conflate each into an anti-Semitic crusade.
This is no mental giant; she’s a warped, petty, superficial fraud who wouldn’t know the Bible if it walked up and hit her on the head.
Bravo Zulu!! Well said!
The Roman term for the Province was Judea and that remained the name for almost 2,000 years. It acknowledges the Jewish tribes that lived in the area, Judea, Samaria, and Edom. The tribes were together the Kingdom of Israel. Judea played a major part in the Roman empire, and while we read in the bible of fairly new Roman presence, in fact for hundreds of years it was a major player. It indigenous citizens, the Jews took full advantage to the safe Roman trade routes and become strong components of the empire. Like the general Roman policy of the time, the Jews were fully authorized to practice their religion in peace.
The Roman term for the province became Syria Palestinia after the Kokhba revolt. It pains me to say it. There it is.
But on the upside my ancestors may have been enslaved as due to the latifundia system 25% of thle Italian population were slaves.
So, Jews, feel free to like me.
Wow, talk about cultural appropriation.
Since there are no first hand accounts of what Jesus looked like the only hint of his skin color would be by where his parents came from. Since he was Galilean his skin could have been anything from Olive to a Dark Brown.
Either way this woman is incorrect and probably nuts.
I’m going to catch h3ll for this, but it was a death sentence to call Muhammad black.
“Narrated Abu Juhaifa: By chance I went to the Prophet at noon while he was at Al-Abtah (resting) in a tent. Bilal came out (of the tent) and pronounced the Adhan for the prayer, and entering again, he brought out the water which was left after Allah’s Apostle had performed the ablution. The people rushed to take some of the water. Bilal again went in and brought out a spear-headed stick, and then Allah’s Apostle came out. As if I were now looking at the whiteness of his leg…”
“…and probably nuts”
Any man who dates a crazy woman deserves what he’s going to get.
So called “Palestinians,” on campuses, in politics, heading movements, have successfully managed to hijack American institutions and to change historical narratives to “prove” that the Jews and Israel, and whites and the West have only done wrong to the poor underdog Muslims of the world. And Americans, especially on campuses are taking the bait. Black Lives Matter, the feminist marches on Washington, and organizations working against Judeo-Christian values on campuses are examples of successful hijackings of Palestinians for Justice and other oxymoronic organizations who’s ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel and increased influence of Islam in American institutions.
He was a Jew that looked just like in appearance. e the Eastern Jewish Communities of West Asia look today. Much like Sephardic Jews. Almost indistinguishable.
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Yep, Jesus was a “palestinian”.
It’s written right there.
Clear as water. /sarc
1 Timothy 2:12 nuff said!
Tell you the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, and sitting on an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Hmmmm…. she’s looking pretty good for a 2000+ year old! Imagine us having an actual witness to tell us about Jesus Christ…
“Isn’t Palestine the latinized name of Philistia, home of the Philistines and Judea’s enemy?”
Indeed it is!
She is correct about what too many churches are becoming, with the belief that God wants you to have material wealth.
Any church misusing theology or outright ignoring it is hardly new.
But Jesus being a religious minority… in Judea… surrounded by quite literally half the Jews in the entire world at the time…
And the area wasn’t renamed Palestine until after the Romans rumbled Jerusalem in 70ad. The Romans did that to destroy any connection The Jews would have to the land. The Diaspora is the event that took away the Jewish homeland until 1948.
Isn’t Palestine the latinized name of Philistia, home of the Philistines and Judea’s enemy?
If this bozo is a ‘doctor,’ we’re all Martians.
Well, his skin was almost certainly light brown. The Mishna (Nega`im 2:) describes Jews as being neither black like Africans nor white like Germans, but rather the color of boxwood.
But “Palestinian”? The name would have meant nothing to him, since he died more than a century before Hadrian destroyed Judæa and renamed it Palæstina so as to eliminate all memory of the Jewish nation.
How do you know this? I can cite from authentic hadith that Muhammad was white as snow. It actually matters little to me less than nothing what shade Jesus was. But from what I can glean from history Middle Easterners came in all shades.
How is Mohammed’s color relevant? This is about Jesus, not Mohammed, and he was a Jew of that period, and therefore had skin like boxwood. I’ve already cited my source: the Mishna, Nega`im 2:1. What more authoritative source could possibly exist for the appearance of Judæan Jews of that period?
A) Semitic people are Caucasian. Caucasians are all kinds of colors.
B) I asked you how you know this. You answered. Good enough. Thanks for clearing things up.
You know they’re at their wits end when the godless invoke god.
Reverend???? She sounds much more like “Irreverend”.
If only the ancient Israelites had listened to God and killed ALL of the inhabitants of the Promised Land when they entered…perhaps current politics and history would be a lot different.
How so? Surely you’re not falling for the ridiculous theory that the arabs who call themselves “palestinian” are descended from those ancient Canaanites?
Have I ever given you the the least leave that I’ve fallen for that theory? If that was aimed at me.
Still, it’s a good question.
Why would you think a reply to “buckeyeminuteman” was aimed at you? He does seem to have fallen for that theory, or his comment would not make any sense.
I apologize. They called themselves Hagarines, Saracens, Ishmaelites. Not Arabs.
The ancient inhabitants did not call themselves any of those things. The Arabs were off in Arabia at the time, doing their own thing.
Ok. They called themselves Maghrebines.
What do I say to this?