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In recent days some have called for all images and statues of a white Jesus to be removed because, they say, it promotes “white privilege.” Shaun King, in particular tweeted “All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down.”
Shaun King is a civil rights activist and writer associated with such groups as BLM. He has also been embroiled in controversy with various fund-raising schemes he started and then ended abruptly. Some have claimed that the objects of his fund-raising charities never saw any of the money he raised. It is also quite interesting that Shaun is very light skinned black man. Some have even questioned his status as a black man since the people on his birth certificate designated as his mother and father were both white. He claims, however, that his real biological father was a light skinned black man.
I never knew who Shawn King was until his recent tweet garnered so much attention. Others have tried to make the same argument, namely that Jesus was not white and specifically that He was black. I want to address this issue here. . . .
The Mt. Vernon Church of Christ is building a digital library to aid serious Bible students in their study. When possible, we will be adding new volumes. We are grateful to the many sources from which we draw these volumes for making these available. We take no credit for them ourselves. We do not necesarrily endorse everything in every volume. We simply provide them as aids to Bible study. This week:
This is the day of the placid pulpit and the comfortable pew. Today’s Christians slip around in smooth slippers, fearful of giving offense. The cry to preachers today is to water down the implications of the gospel story, lest we offend someone. Placid being an adjective meaning; “pleasantly calm or peaceful; quiet”, such as placid lake. Although this may be desirable if you’re swimming or skiing, it is not in preaching God’s Word and his church should not tolerate it! Jesus himself said, “Think not that I came to send peace on the earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matt. 10:34).. . .
"We cannot please God merely by leaving evil alone. We must actively oppose it."
~~ Garland Elkins ~~
cf. Ephesians 5:11
SAMSON AND DELILAH
What is Samson's boasted strength
Before Delilah's art!
He must yield to her at length
And tell her all his heart.
She has got his secret now,
Got his head upon her lap,
And cuts the locks which shade his brow,
Then wakes him from his nap:
Wakes him from his pleasing sleep
And sells him to his foes;
Now, too late, he comes to reap
The harvest of his woes:
Mocked by cruel enemies,
Fettered with the captive's chain,
He mourns the loss of both his eyes
And groans with inward pain.
Samson's is no lonely case;
We have Delilah's still--
Men who could a lion face,
Yet bend to woman's will,
Men, tho' physically strong,
Made a woman's willing slave,
To vice and ruin urged along,
And dragged down to the grave.
If you wish your strength to keep,
Beware of Samson's nap,
Never lay your head to sleep
Upon Delilah's lap;
She will ply her cunning art,
Making you her easy tool;
And when you've told her all your heart,
She'll spurn you as a fool.
--by S. Moore
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.)
Who cut Samson's hair?
Answer To Last Week's Question: What did Joshua say would happen to those who "fosake the Lord and serve strange gods"?
Joshua 24:20 - If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
WEEKLY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE Read the Bible Through with Alexander Scourby