In the previous post, Alan, a much loved friend and man after my own heart, asserted that metrosexuals (although, he may not have meant that term? It is my presumption) would do well to remove their earrings.
My maternally-challenged clone, Paul, stated that perhaps Jesus might, in this day and age, don earrings - and what would be wrong with that?
What indeed? Is that likely? Be in no doubt that humanity has shaped Christ after their own image for the last 2000 years and will continue to do so. Artwork abounds throughout the ages, twisting Christ and framing these impressions of Our Lord into forms most beauteous in the eye of the artisan.
Maybe we don't like the idea of a Christ that wears earrings. Maybe we don't like the idea of a Christ who might be tattooed. Maybe we don't like the idea of an African Christ. Maybe we don't like the idea of an Asian Christ. Maybe we don't like the idea of a feminine Christ. Maybe we don't like the idea of a fat Christ.
Who are we to make those decisions? Who are we to say that Christ cannot meet people where they are, relating to them as 100% human at whatever level they're at or body-image that they have?
When you or I meet Christ one day, he will ask us why we didn't help him. He'll ask why we didn't help him when we saw the Asian struggling to be understood. He'll ask us why we didn't help him when we saw the homeless man shivering under Grafton Bridge. He'll ask us why we didn't help him when we saw the woman squirming in her seat from the lewd comments of the other passengers on the Bus.
We see Christ every day, we walk past Christ every day. If we only see Christ in other people who are just like us, then we are only loving images of ourselves.
So I bring to you Janet McKenzie's painting, "Jesus of the People" (click for larger image, I hope).
Caption from here:
Jesus Christ is dominantly represented as a white, European male. Grant says non-European women, such as African American women are "twice removed from the image of God" . . . This image "Jesus of the People" by Janet McKenzie
portrays Jesus as relatively androgynous and as black.
If you are uncomfortable with this image, as with many possible images of Christ, then it begs the question, "Why?"