Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee if responded to Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King’s called to remove all depictions of Jesus as a White man.
As Christian Headlines reported earlier this week, King asserted that statues showing Jesus as a White man are “gross form[s] of white supremacy” and called for them to be torn down.
His controversial remarks set off a firestorm of backlash from Christians.
Huckabee, who also served as a Southern Baptist minister before entering the political arena, criticized King’s comments in a Fox News interview on Wednesday.
“To say that in any way Jesus is a symbol of white anything is absurd, in part because Jesus wasn’t a white guy,” Huckabee said. “He was a Middle Easterner and probably had more olive skin than he did white skin.”
In Huckabee’s words, Shaun King’s proposal is “one of the most unbelievable things I’ve ever heard.”
“If someone would study Jesus, they would find that he was the ultimate person who loved the unlovable, who cared for the ones that no one else cared for,” Huckabee explained.
“He cared about people who were slaves. He cared about people who were prostitutes. He stepped in the path of those who were ready to stone to death a woman caught in adultery.”
The former governor also noted that people are forgetting that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values as ordained by God, not the government.
“Our fundamental rights don't come from the government because if [the] government gives them, [the] government can take them," Huckabee argued. "They come from God. And we created a government unlike any that's ever been, whose sole purpose was to protect those God-given rights so that we could live in our personal individual liberty.”
Huckabee cautioned that people who want to remove statues of Jesus are those who don’t want to have any religion. He also noted that faith often shines in the midst of persecution.
“You can take down the images and the art of depicting Jesus, but you can never take the true spirit of Jesus Christ out of the lives of his followers. And historically, under oppression and persecution, the true faith begins to show even more dramatically. It's because, in the midst of darkness, light becomes more obvious,” Huckabee said.
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