What Would Jesus Do?

By: Carmen Ibarra

Dear Mary Rowlandson,

This is William Apess, writing to you based off your piece, The History of the Captivity. What I don’t seem to understand is the fact that you are being treated fairly by the Indians, yet you still decide to call them foul names because the color of their skin. I have a question for you. “Who are the children of God? Perhaps you may say, none but white. If so, The word of the Lord is not true.” (pg 1083) Did God not create us in his own image? If so, what makes a white person so special? What I am trying to say is, how can you claim to be a christian and follow the Lords ways when you can not even love your neighbor? Scripture says, “By this shall all men know that they are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13.35” (pg 1082) Rowlandson, if you were well-educated on what the scripture says, you would have already known this. We need to love one another equally, despite the color of our skins. I do understand the Indians had killed your family and friends, but take a look into their lives. They were not educated about the word of God nor did you want to teach them about it. Now let me ask, do you withhold all this information from them because the color of their skin is different from yours? I should say “Jesus Christ being a Jew, and those of his Apostles certainly were not whites-and did not he who com­pleted the plan of salvation complete it for the whites as well as for the Jews, and others? And were not the whites the most degraded people on the earth at that time? And none were more so, for they sacrificed their children to dumb idols!”And did not St. Paul labor more abundantly for building up a Christian nation among you than any of the Apostles? And you know as well as I that you are not indebted to a principle beneath a white skin for your religious services but to a colored one.” (pg 1082) Skin color should not affect the way we treat people. Besides, the do no know what is right and wrong so in a perspective it is sort of our fault for not educating them on the word of God. I hope you understand where I am coming from as a true christian and decide to take my advice on how to go about things as a true christian. Have a nice day.

Sincerely,

William Apess

3 thoughts on “What Would Jesus Do?

  1. Great letter! I love how you reference the scriptures to suggest that the important figures white christians looked up to were people of color. I also like the tone it felt very honest and the letter was straight to the point.

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  2. This creative writing piece serves as a literature of power because of the questions asked toward Mary Rowlandson – which provokes the reader to answer them internally. Literature of power motivates readers to connect the writing with their own life and this writing post does that by mentioning religious texts and issues that still exist today. This creative writing piece is formatted as a letter written in the first person point-of-view and that allows the writing to feel as if it is addressed to the writer him/herself instead of to Rowlandson.

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  3. I agree with the views that have been shared. I don’t understand how one can judge by skin color, nor do I understand how it was allowed when all claimed to be good Christians. This just really gives an insight of how far Christianity has come and how it still has a long way to go.

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