Jesus of Nazareth



The fact that I offer a prologue to this poem says something, but I am not sure what. I simply want my readers to understand that the following verses are not meant to offend or disparage your honest faith or the good works thereof. Although I may not hold standard Christianized values, I respect all religions as much as I do my own. I truly believe we must all seek different paths, but we are all trying to get the same place. This is just the questioning mind of a young boy raised in a Christian home, when his education clashed with indoctrination and gave a whole different perspective on having a ‘White Christmas’. Namaste!



The greatest story ever told

A virgin birth of such majesty

Yet the tale that we are sold

Seems to me a travesty


All the words followed by rote

The wonders of most holy night

Geographically does not denote

Why your Savior born was white


Maybe if Europe held Bethlehem

But I am not sure that even then

The couple being from Nazareth

Would bear a child of color bereft


The pictures I have always seen

Of family from the Middle East

Seemed such an unlikely scene

When they would be brown at least


But it’s easier that our God be

Some version of our own race

In the hopes that we will see

Ourselves in His kind face


And if your Lord must be white

If science with faith cannot exist

Then I hope that you are right

Or you may be a touch racist




14 Responses to “Jesus of Nazareth”
  1. You raise an interesting thought….

  2. JustBeingMe says:

    I think you’re right. Jesus probably wasn’t white. We know he was Jewish and from Bethlehem/Nazareth. Someone came up with an image a few years ago of what he probably looked like. I think it’s pretty good. You can see it at

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you for your supportive views and for sharing the link. If religion causes us to close our minds and see the world around through such narrowed scopes of vision, than it may not be well-suited to its purpose.

      • JustBeingMe says:

        True. Religious beliefs can become very narrow and I’m not sure it was ever meant to be that way. After all I believe that God is greater than any of our human minds can fathom. I don’t think we should try to squash Him into our man made boxes.

  3. yassy says:

    You are right , Brad. Bravo.

  4. Harley Unhinged says:

    Am I rubbing off on you? 🤔😻🖤❤

    Very very good piece, Love

  5. Jim Borden says:

    an interesting perspective; hadn’t really given it much thought, until now…

  6. edward dougherty says:

    I see no color in our Lord. Imageography of Jesus has historically been portrayed as the race of the viewer. Throughout the centuries Jesus had been portrayed
    as black, white, brown, red, yellow, whatever shade you can imagine even as female. Your perspective has been as a white man brought up in a predominantly white society and should have no connection with racism.

    The soul has no color……

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