I reblogged that same post a few days back about Americanizing Jesus. I'm thinking the post is less actual "americanizing" Jesus and more putting a different spin on what the typical western portrayal of Jesus is, and what the average American pictures Jesus as. That's just my thoughts.
I disagree. We don’t get to just “put a different spin” on Jesus. The reality is that how each of those issues were seen in 1st century Palestine is wildly different from the way we see them today. That’s why it’s disingenuous to say something like, “Jesus was a brown man who was an illegal immigrant on the run from the police!” That’s a VERY politicized statement and means something very different than any of those issues would have meant in 1st century Palestine.
The goal isn’t to redefine white, American, Republican, capitalist, etc Jesus as the exact opposite and the poster child of the radical left. That’s just as inaccurate. The goal is to study the history and the culture that Jesus was born into and understand how that context affected the life and ministry of Christ. And the ultimate goal is to serve him, not use him for our political campaigns.