The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Removal of artwork upsets readers

The art depicts historical Jesus

No words can describe my heartache over the story (November, "'Rabbi Jesus' controversial?") of the paintings of Clara Maria Goldstein being removed from Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. I took the time to find all 10 of these paintings so I could see what the controversy was about. Whoever saw these as controversial hasn’t read their Gospels, nor do they understand what the Incarnation was about. As a Lutheran, I’m deeply embarrassed by the actions of a medical facility that bears the Lutheran title and cannot affirm the human and historical Jesus.

Jan Otto
Olympia, Wash.

Jesus is still Jewish

The only thing I find controversial about Goldstein’s artwork depicting Jesus as a Jew is the fact that an organization using the word Lutheran in its corporate name would find it a problem. As far as I know, Jesus is still Jewish.

Bill Spaulding
Louisville, Ky.

A good sign

For a piece of artwork to be considered controversial is a pretty good sign that it speaks to people and that it will continue to have meaning for years to come. It’s unfortunate that some Christians seem to be in denial about the family and community into which Jesus was born and raised. My reading of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians seems to be saying: Good news! You (Ephesian Gentiles) can now be children of God (i.e., the children of Israel, part of the Jewish family), and you don’t even have to be circumcised!

Joan Karnuth
Sparta, Ill.

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