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Friday, February 27, 2009

Jesus was a Reformed Racist, Says Anglican Church of Canada

From The Telegraph
By Damian Thompson

The Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) has published a Lenten reflection that portrays Jesus as a racist who saw the error of his ways after being challenged by the Canaanite woman in Matthew's Gospel. The ACoC was long ago taken over by politically correct bores but, as Anglican Samizdat notes, this "reflection" turns Jesus into a sinner - in Christian terms, a pretty basic heresy. Here's the reflection. Sick-bags at the ready:

“… a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the houseof Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.’ ” - Matthew 14:22-27

This not a story for people who need to think that Jesus always had it together, because it looks like we’ve caught him being mean to a lady because of her ethnicity. At first, he ignores her cries. Then he refuses to help her and compares her people to dogs.

But she challenges his prejudice. And he listens to her challenge and grows in response to it. He ends up healing her daughter. What we may have here is an important moment of self-discovery in Jesus’ life, an enlargement of what it will mean to be who he was. Maybe we are seeing Jesus understand his universality for the first time.

Or maybe not. Maybe someone has been on a "racism awareness course" and decided to redefine the divinity of Jesus in a way that flatters ethnic sensibilities. How very Anglican. How very Canadian.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like heresy to me!

Of course, to understand the passage in its historical context you have to believe that God's mission, through Jesus, was first and foremost to Israel. Then, to the Gentiles.

Israel will always be the apple of God's eye. The Caananites were what are known to us today as Greeks. So is the author trying to fan the flames of prejudice against the Jews again? Don't they get enough of that already?

And this part REALLY stinks:

"But she challenges his prejudice. And he listens to her challenge and grows in response to it."

Yep. That's our "silly-putty" Jesus. Open to our manipulations, as if it is our mission to minister to him. You know, help him grow and develop and ~find himself~ !


P.S. The passage is from Matthew 15: 21-28. I found a lot of good commentary about it here:


If you are into exposing heresies -- check out the firestorm around "The Shack." Churches have been downright blindsided by this paper-backed, mass-marketed garbage!