Neither Saviors Nor Demons, But Neighbors — Just Neighbors

Neither Saviors Nor Demons, But Neighbors — Just Neighbors January 1, 2021

by Dexter Van Zile

A long time ago, I was in a city called Bukavu preparing to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in a country that was then called Zaire and is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On a weekend walk into the city, I walked past a church with some other trainees. It had a statue of Jesus on the cross. It was a memorable statue because of how white Jesus was. The Jesus who hung on that cross was no olive-skinned Jew from first century Jerusalem, but a whiter-than-white, almost ghostly apparition of the redeemer.

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