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How would re-imagining God as a black woman impact the identity and relevance of African Christianity? | This is africa

The Afro-Cuban painter, Harmonia Rosales, raises a double-pronged counter narrative in her artistic creations: racial as well as gender. When God pre-dated white christian missionaries in Africa, how much damage does the white and male images of the divine done to the identity consciousness of African christians? Perhaps, African Christianity may succeed in saving African peoples from the alienating christian narratives by studying the Christian scriptures for motifs of the image of God in human beings that shape empowering narratives for African peoples. Evidently the divine image in the human is “male-female” and certainly it is not “white Caucasoid.”

Religious sensitivity has always been a difficult issue to navigate, even in the contemporary world. When it comes to the depiction of God, the whitewashing of the Almighty is not only historically false in the case of Jesus but creates an implicit cultural and historical bias in favour of one race.

When you think of the Christian God, what does the great “I Am” look like? Is the presence you feel feminine or masculine? Does the Almighty resemble you or your oppressor? Do you even imagine His form at all? Unlike Judaism and Islam, which forbid the depiction of God in any way, Christianity is peculiar in almost mainstreaming a very singular image and understanding of God and the Son of God (read Jesus Christ). In most churches, Jesus is depicted as a white Caucasian man, with light-brown hair and blue eyes, despite the fact that the Bible gives scarce and conflicting accounts of his appearance.

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