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Nov302015

no white JESUS {christmas, part 1}

i love christmas SO MUCH. i love sharing the stories of God's peace and His Son Jesus' birth with the children + families of my church. 

there's just one problem i run into each year when looking for nativity play sets, christmas books + bibles, and biblical images of the nativity family. 

EVERY PERSON IS WHITE. 

oddly enough, JESUS + HIS FAMILY WERE NOT WHITE. 

thus making it very difficult to teach the biblical story of Christmas in an accurate way to children. {jesus was born in the middle east, and many scholars believe jesus had brownish skin.} 

seriously, though. have you ever tried to buy a nativity play set at target? impossible. 

last christmas, our insanely-gifted graphic designers molly + aaron created artwork for us to use at willow chicago. this led me to wonder if other church leaders were experiencing similar issues. 

i give to you: no white JESUS. this christmas, let's say no to: white dolls wrapped in blankets representing baby jesus, and bibles, books, videos that only show white pictures of jesus' family.

deal? 

if it's helpful -- download our images. we'd love to share them! {also, you can click the "God Brings Peace" image on the left sidebar anytime to download the images.}

oh, and while we're on the topic: use the hashtag #nowhiteJESUS on twitter to share what you're doing this christmas. let's turn this tide around for good -- and for our children. 

next post: my favorite #nowhiteJESUS resources that do exist. 

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