I think it depends on the artist's rendition. Here are some Catholic Jesus images.Further, he went on to explain that we Mormons and Catholics, cults, you know, in our idolatry, portray Jesus as white with blonde hair and blue eyes, but most likely he was dark, if not considered 'black'.
While Christians may generally believe that Jesus is dark, that was not the case years ago. The best representations I have from Protestant life are those I posted in an earlier post.Now, this guy who is getting all anthropological on me is the same guy who believes the earth is 6,000 years old. But he insists that "Christians" don't know what Jesus looks like and generally believe he was dark.
I'd guess that most Protestant congregations aren't about politics like at all.From the little I've heard him talk about his congregation, they don't seem to be all about politics. I know they take Covid seriously, didn't have services for nearly a year, and now have heavy social distancing measures.
If you look at those 2 images I posted in an earlier post, you can see that the skin on Jesus is tanned and his eyes appear to be brown. That's all I know. When I saw Mormon representations of Jesus, I was shocked. I don't know if that helps anything.It's possible that he's one the one hand, a run-of-the-mill Fox-news republican, but on the other, just happened to have found a congregation that is more progressive than most. He doesn't see any conflicts but logic isn't his strength. Well, I'm at a loss here, because as I think about it, I've always assumed that Christians like Mormons believe in a Nordic-like Jesus, but just going by memory, I can't recall any conversation I've ever had with an Evangelical on my mission, or any materials I've encountered that establish Jesus as white. I can't imagine that white nationalist Christians believe in a dark Jesus, but I'm thinking more about traditional Baptists, or Pentecostals, do traditional Christians believe Jesus was white? Portray him as white? Is portraying Jesus idolatry? Is portraying him specifically on a cross idolatry?
I never thought one way or the other about Jesus on/off the cross and what that means. I do know in my youth I always thought of, say, a necklace of Jesus on the cross was a Catholic cross. I never thought of it as idolatry or as having a deeper meaning.
On another note. When I was a kid my grandparents lived with us. Both Catholic at that point. They had a thing of Jesus and the Sacred heart in their bedroom with little candles. I didn't like looking at it but I recognized that as part of their Catholicism. I dunno. I don't think anything of it either way. It's just whatever artistic rendering comes from or to a religious community I guess?
I think it's completely possible for a white nationalist to believe that Christ was dark. I think a ton of people are able to compartmentalize and justify their positions and beliefs. White nationalists could easily separate their ideas about Jesus from everything else they claim to stand for.
I mean then you get people like me, for example, who wouldn't even consider joining something like an anti-gay protest on the part of the religious community organized by folks who reference mainly the OT but also the writings of Paul where I look at the words of Jesus and see that he's telling me something different that doesn't involve anti-gay protests, anti-gay voting practices, or anything remotely like that.
So...religious principles, scripture, and all, are subject to individual interpretation. I think that was the way it was meant to be.
Anyway thanks for asking "us" a question. I'd like to see if Jack shows up and what she has to say as well. You'll probably get different answers from each of us. We're not exactly one size fits all.
p.s. I have no idea what Jesus looks like. It doesn't matter to me.