There are many liberal denominations today that appear to be little more than tentacles stretching out from the Democratic National Committee, but few better fit this description than the United Church of Christ with its secular humanism melded with Frankfurt School Marxism with only the thinnest of religious veneers. It is not uncommon to see UCC congregational websites repeatedly mentioning “gay rights,” “tolerance,” “diversity,” “fighting racism,” and the like with very few references to either the Father or Son. To make matters worse, when they do reference the Lord, it is often just to make some sort of progressive political point. Take, for example, this image of the United Church in University Place, WA.

UCUP lists itself as “a theologically progressive faith community,” one that quotes a Muslim poet and calls on people to “protect the environment,” “reject racism,” “embrace diversity,” “enjoy this life,” and to welcome “those who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender” yet makes no mention of abandoning sin or the Lord’s coming judgement. That provides necessary context for the picture above, which went viral after a local congregant tweeted it out, saying how proud they were of it, and it serves to demonstrate what is wrong with the “United Church.” Cathlynn “Pastor Cathy” Law, who is listed on the sign, is an open lesbian and homosexual advocate, and we can tell from this message that Ms. Law’s understanding of history appears to be about as sound as her understanding of theology, which is to say not at all.

Regardless of the meaninglessness of “white supremacy,” Jesus was not “a brown Middle Eastern Jew.” Firstly, Jesus was a Levantine. As seen in the Egyptian depiction above, the Levantine (“Asiatic”) and Libyan are not “brown” by any stretch of the imagination. Prior to the spread of Islam, which brought darker peoples from Arabia, the Levant and North Africa were home to various Mediterranean peoples who would have looked little different from Southern Europeans. Secondly, what we think of when we hear “Jew” is not the same thing as would have been meant by Judæan then. Consider: approximately 4 out of every 5 Jews today has Ashkenazi ancestry, which means they are all at least 30th cousins as they all descend from a population of about 350 people living between AD 1200 and 1400. Additionally, recent genetic research has suggested that over 90% of “Ashkenazic ancestors come from a converted partially Greek-originating ancient community in north-east Turkey,” and other studies show that various Jewish populations average 3-5% Sub-Saharan African DNA. The Turkic conversions, genetic bottleneck, and black African admixture all occurred well after the time of Jesus, which is a rather important detail.

Similarly, Jesus was not a practitioner of Judaism, which developed from the Pharisees after the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in AD 70. Those would be the same people to whom Jesus said, “If God were your Father, you would indeed love me. For from God I proceeded, and came; for I came not of myself, but he sent me… You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do.” Jesus also told the Pharisees, “Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof.” It seems safe to say that Jesus was not a Pharisee, but it was those Pharisees, those Christ-killers, who would develop Rabbinic Judaism. For example, the Mishnah, Tosefta, Jerusalem Talmud, and Babylonian Talmud were developed between AD 200 and 600. Various other texts were written between AD 400 and 1200. When you see male Orthodox Jews wearing a shtreimel, spodik, or kolpik, none of that has anything to do with First Century Judæa or the Lord.

Jesus and the Apostles never looked like this

So, if Jesus was neither “brown” nor “a Jew,” what would He say about “white supremacy,” by which they mean white nations staying white? Well, let’s consider the fact that God divided mankind and set the boundaries of nations. God also issued dire warnings against allowing nonbelievers to remain in lands given to believers, even commanding outright genocide. What then would the Son say about liberals attempting to join together that which the Father divided, to build a new Tower of Babel while spreading filth and sin in the process? What would He say about a “church” that spends time praising idolaters, encouraging sin, and the like? Thankfully, the Word tells us precisely what will happen to such people.