A young man challenged me on this subject a couple weeks ago. He said to me “Did you not know that you are helping to uphold the agenda of white supremacy by teaching people a pagan religion that has absolutely nothing to do with life and existence?” I followed up this question with an invitation to discuss it further in person. We sat down and conversed over the subject for about three hours.

Is Jesus White? Jesus was Jewish. However, I think we get onto seriously shaky ground when we try to understand Jesus strictly from His humanity without regard to His deity.

What does Jesus say about Himself?

Joshua 5:13-15 (NIV) states:

“Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” [14] “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” [15] The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

When Israel was getting ready for the conquest of the Promised Land, the angel of the Lord appeared before Joshua. Sometimes the Old Testament refers to a being as the “angel of the Lord” appearing to key biblical figures. In some of these instances, this person was not just an angel, but a manifestation of Christ in the Old Testament. We know this was the case in this instance because He accepted Joshua’s worship. A heavenly angel would never command or receive the worship of a human. Only God is worthy to be worshiped.

Joshua saw the angel of the Lord (Christ) with His sword drawn for battle. He wanted to know if He was going to fight for them or their enemies. Christ instructed Joshua that He was not there to represent Israel or their enemies. He stood only for the will of heaven. Joshua was to align with heaven’s purposes, not heaven align with Joshua’s.

Unfortunately, some people have feebly attempted to co-opt Jesus for their narrow-minded or satanically-inspired agendas based on racial overtones. Even worse, men turn away from Jesus because of racially motivated religion. What they fail to see is that Christ never represents human-inspired agendas or religion. He represents God’s agenda, which is to be His representative for all redeemed humanity and a sacrifice for all of our sins.

Christ does not represent Black, White, Indian, Chinese, or any other color. Jesus is not a Democrat, Republican, Totalitarian, conservative, liberal, moderate, or of any other political affiliation. He is not Baptist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Methodist or of any denomination. He is not the Norwegian Jesus with blue eyes and blond hair, either.

What is diabolical and sickening is that wicked men who do not have a clue as to His divinity attempt to support their cause or theology based solely on His humanity. Slavery, White supremacy, Black supremacy, or whatever the cause has been, and can be wickedly justified by pigeon-holing Jesus’ humanity to fit their agenda or rejecting Him because of it. Although He was Jewish, He did not represent any Jewish cause. He did not come to make us Jews, racially inferior or superior, but to make dead men live.

Paul the apostle said,. “Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a purely human point of view in terms of natural standards of value. No even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now we have such knowledge of Him that we know Him no longer in terms of the flesh” (2 Corinthians 5:16, Amplified).

Paul so eloquently stated in this Scripture that while we must recognize Jesus’ humanity as a Jewish man, we don’t zero in on his humanity without regard to His resurrection or deity. We must recognize Him for who He is right now in His glorified state.

He was fully human as a Jewish male and fully God. However after His resurrection and ascension, we know Him solely after His glorified state. Jesus can never be reduced to any race or any group.

John the apostle got a glimpse of the glorified Christ. He said He was ” … dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. [14] The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. [15] His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. [16] In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance” (Revelation 1:13-16 NIV).

We worship the glorified Christ, the Son of the living God. The issue of race completely loses all significance in the presence of His majestic deity. I do not know Him after the flesh, but after the power of His resurrection.

One more time, listen to the Words of the pre-incarnate Christ: “Are you for us or for our enemies?” [14] “NEITHER,” he replied, “but as COMMANDER OF THE ARMY OF THE LORD I have now come.”

Joshua was instructed to remove his shoes. Remove your agenda, humble yourself before the Almighty, and worship Him. We either undress in the presence of glorified deity or we stumble over his humanity refusing to take off our shoes.

In the end of all things, the question of race will not matter as each race is an expression of God’s uniqueness. What will matter is whether we have aligned with heaven’s agenda or tried to get heaven to align with ours. Our worship is the biggest indicator as to whether the proverbial dog is wagging the tail or the tail is trying to wag the dog. You cannot squeeze Raleigh into Garner no matter how hard you try.

Jesus is God. Period. All races are an extension of who He is and not the other way around. To see Jesus as Black, White, or any other race is to view Him strictly though his humanity with no regard to His deity, ascension and glorification for all of humanity.

Apostle Phillip A. Walker