The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby says Jesus Christ shouldn’t be portrayed as white stating that Christians should have a rethink considering the black lives matter movement.
He said this while speaking on the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme as he was asked if Jesus’ characterization needed to be looked at.
“Yes of course it does, this sense that God was white. You go into churches around the world and you don’t see a white Jesus. You see a black Jesus, a Chinese Jesus, a Middle Eastern Jesus, which is, of course, the most accurate, you see a Fijian Jesus.”
The Archbishop insisted he did not want to “throw out” the past but said the “universality” of Christ needs a rethink
“Jesus is portrayed in as many ways as there are cultures, languages and understandings. And I don’t think that throwing out everything we’ve got in the past is the way to do it. But I do think saying ‘that’s not the Jesus who exists, that’s not who we worship’, it is a reminder of the universality of the God who became fully human.”