Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
No churches with their glowing stained glass windows, no murals, no paintings of Christ with the children, no depictions of Mary being touched by God—all these will disappear if Shaun King has his way. He told his 1.1 million followers that all images of a white Jesus and his ‘European’ mother should be destroyed. White Jesus is a symbol of ‘white supremacy,’ and has been used over the centuries to oppress anyone not white.
How many of his followers will take his pronouncement and follow through with destroying churches, statues of Jesus and Mary, paintings, etc.? Should armed guards be stationed 24/7 to protect “The Last Supper?” What about the statue of Mary and Jesus, “The Pieta?” Wasn’t there an attempt years ago to damage that? How many paintings and murals with a white Jesus also show people of other races? In many of those, Jesus is seated among the people. Would an oppressor feel comfortable enough to sit with those he is supposedly oppressing?
Full disclosure — I do not go to church, the last time I was in a church was for my mother’s funeral in 2013. However, I would feel the loss keenly if I see churches being smashed on TV, whatever the denomination. Just being outside, in the sun, rain, wind, whatever, is a reminder to me that man needs more than himself for fulfillment. Does that sound corny? I’ve never tried to express these feelings in print before, so probably not doing it very well.
I just know those destroying statues and monuments will never be able to produce such beauty; beauty that people want to stop and stare at for hours. Beauty that people will travel miles and miles to be able to gaze upon. Beauty created by man, with talent and skill from God, that has inspired countless millions.Published in