Isn’t Jesus and Christianity the white man’s religion? Mark Custalow (Mattaponi)

Is Jesus the whiteman’s God? Mark Custalow, from the Mattaponi tribe in Virginia, answers this common question and perception that Christianity is the white man’s religion. He points out the truth that Jesus is not a white man but from the Middle East where the Christian faith actually has it’s roots among a tribal people. The carriers of the Gospel to the Americas were Anglo people. But that doesn’t make Christianity is a white man’s religion.

Mark is speaking from a Christian Native American – First Nations perspective. He points out that God is the Creator of all people.

Related: Christianity is not the white man’s religion. It is not the whiteman’s gospel. Pictures of a white Jesus are inaccurate and misleading. Christianity did not have it’s beginnings in Europe. Being a Christian is not tied to or dependent on one’s ethnicity. Jesus came for the Human race. The Gospel is God’s answer for the need of every person no matter their skin color, language, or identity. Jesus came for people from every tribe and nation. He said Himself, in the Bible in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Transcript:

– Man, I’ve had a lot of native people in native communities tell me that they see Jesus as a white man’s God and Christianity as a white man’s religion.And to an extent I get that, I understand that. There’s been much, much travesty, much tragedy that’s been perpetuated on our native people in our native communities over the course of our history more times than we should have had to endure.

So, yeah, so the other thing that we deal with as native people is that the carriers of the gospel to us were in fact Anglo people, they were white people. And so by perception, it’s an easy logical thing to conclude, well, this is a white man’s God, it’s a white man’s religion, we have our own religion.

But in truth, that’s not the case.

Now, ultimately, this is a leap of faith. And that’s what God, our creator requires of us. He requires of us that we approach Him by faith.

And when we approach Him by faith, as He requires on His terms, this is what He tells us, that He is God, the creator of all people. He’s the creator of all cultures, not just white culture or black culture or Asian culture, but of native culture as well.

The diversity of cultures that we see in all the world were created by our God, not by mistake, but by intention. The Bible says that when God created us, He created us in His image.

When God sent a message about Himself, He sent it through a tribal people like our people, it was the Jewish people, but they were tribal just like we are. They weren’t in fact white, they were brown skin much like we are. So Christianity, although those who, the messengers who brought the gospel to us at first were of white skin, God is much bigger than any color of humanity. He’s a creator of all colors and humanity.

And the religion, it’s really not a religion, it’s a relationship… And we come to Him on His terms. And He came to make a way for us to know Him personally.

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