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Do me a favor. Type the word ‘Jesus’ into the Google images search field and see what comes up.

Thousands upon thousands of images of a long-haired, bearded, youngish, granola-crunchy, tree hugging types is what you’ll get. You know the make love not war, hippy type from the 1970’s.

So just last week just as I was contemplating what type of Christmas tree to get- how tall, how fat-I happened to walk by the temporary  tree shop that crops up every Thanksgiving just down from my apartment in Harlem.

This year it was the same two guys as last year, Adam and Michael.

Both are from Vermont.  At least they spend most of the year in Vermont when they’re not selling Christmas trees.

Both are hippy types.

Both look a lot like the fictional, popular portrayal of Jesus, the movie version. Michael is even a carpenter.

Right then it struck me as funny and interesting that Jesus is selling Christmas trees in my neighborhood; or at least someone who bears a resemblance.

I told him to strike his best messiah like pose, took the picture, laughed about it with him and some customers and left.

A few days later I remembered the photo and posted on social media writing quote:  “Look who’s selling Christmas trees in my neighborhood. He says his father sent him. Think he’s the real one? Hmm.” (Photo above)

The responses came immediately.

The first few on twitter read:

“It figures your Jesus is white.”

“Come on bro…white Jesus and the saturnalia tree?…….yea I said it, keep it 100 Don…smh”

On Facebook someone wrote, “Jesus was not a white man. Who are you these days?… Take a serious step back and think things through.”

Another poster wrote, “Oh man, I can’t even joke about something like that, especially not on a Sunday. A Christmas tree and the Messiah…ugh! Sorry Don, not liking that.”

Someone else wrote,  “To all my good strong black people. Don Lemon is an Uncle Tom. You shouldn’t be shocked by it.”

I don’t take any of those comments personally because those people really don’t know me. To me everything is material for either a news story or a commentary.

But the post that really inspired me to discuss it in this commentary was from a poster called Soulful Body Movers who wrote, “Don, you didn’t do anything wrong, this post was a “good thing” and the issue was overdue for discussion, and I think it’s the reason why you got such a great response. I love Christmas and a good laugh! Love Conquers ALL, Peace and Love Everybody!!!”

That’s my kind of person; someone who takes nothing personally or too seriously; especially a Christian who doesn’t judge.  Imagine that?

Anyone who has read what the Bible says about Jesus, knows his origins and what he might have looked like- dark with wavy hair with darker features. But do we know for sure?  NO.

But what I do know for sure is for those of us who have studied the Bible is that even Jesus had a sense of humor.

Is it really that important that Jesus looked like us black or white or whatever? Isn’t it more important that we act like him and lighten up? And turn the other cheek?

11 thoughts on “Don Lemon: Come On Christians, Lighten Up

  1. Melanin Man on said:

    Let’s talk historically. Jesus NEVER existed!!! I challenge ANYONE to provide historical documentation (not the Bible) to show evidence that Jesus existed. Jesus is an allegorical figure in the Bible, which was written by man. The Bible is not proof of Jesus’ existence. It is an argument for Jesus’ existence. Of course Don Lemmon would try to minimize the importance of rejecting a white image of Jesus. What else would you expect from him?
    Jesus’ story is a wonderful one, but it is just that, a story.

  2. Ivan Cohen on said:

    Yahshua is his true name, not Jesus. His father is Yahweh. He did the suffering and dying for all who live on this planet. Yahshua is a black Hebrew Israelite from the tribe of Judah. In as much that no letter j existed, the tribe is actually Yoowhodah. It does matter about the ethnicity, he was not the blonde blue eyed figured which has been on display in black churches and white churches also. When one takes into account that all this “bible studying” has been from the King James version, the end results are defective lessons. Turning “the other cheek” is rather passe, the ancestors have been doing that for years. What do they and their descendants have to show for it? Salvation of one’s immortal soul is at stake, Don. Christians cannot afford the luxury of “lightening up.”

    • Louise Ford on said:

      I don’t know why a Christian can’t afford the luxury of, “lightening up”. I am Christian and I love a good laugh. Remember the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 : For everything there is a season, (3:4) a time to cry and a time to laugh. Therefore, I the Bible give a time for everything, what’s wrong with having a good laugh. You need to try it, just maybe, you won’t be so stiff- necked and super deep/ spiritual. It don’t make you any less a Christian or spiritual, if you take a little time to laugh. Take time out and try it, you’ll be glad you did.

  3. There’s a difference between having a sense of humor and marking someone. Especially Jesus and all he went thru. No reverence at all to him in no respectable aspect. Got a comment. Do you know how he looked after he took all the beatings?? He was neither black or white, he was bloody and torn apart with a destination to fill which is to save souls. How humourous is that?

    • Louise Ford on said:

      There’s nothing in what Don Lemon said is marking anyone, especially not Jesus. I going to repeat what on said, lighten up. It just a joke. Jesus probably reading all of these crazy comments you all are writing and said, they still have a lot to learn about me.

  4. Nice commentary Don. Generally speaking (most) Christians never lighten up (except if it’s a sin they partake in). Don’t get me started on Christians; in my opinion most are HYPOCRITES.

  5. ethan erickson on said:

    don lemon, stand down!
    you are narcissistic, solipsistic and, increasingly fond of controversy.
    We have had enough of your antics!
    it’s not cute, son.
    no doubt we will see you soon on fox news, next to lara ******* logan!
    how dreadful!
    get it together, please..

  6. msyellarose on said:

    Oh come on, I could see the humor in this. There are so many disgusting and distasteful things we see each day, let’s just step back and find a reason to lighten up a bit before we all blow a gasket.

  7. LarryLee on said:

    Sir, regarding your segment today. We all make judgments every day. Likewise, Christians make judgments. However, a maturing Christian knows it is appropriate to judge sin, not people. Ultimately, we should not allow our freedom to be a cover-up for sinning (1 Pet 2:16).

  8. I said it. on said:

    No matter about the color. The most important thing is to not use him in your jokes. No other religion does, or allows this.

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