Jewish Artist Gives Obama Opportunity to Explain His Belief in Jesus
August 27, 2010
LOS ANGELES, (christiansunite.com) -- With only one third of Americans believing President Obama is a Christian, a Jewish artist is stepping forward with a chance for the President to offer testimony of his faith in Jesus.
Internationally renowned artist David Ilan (born in Israel; raised in Los Angeles), is creating what many around the world are calling "the ultimate portrait of Christ." It's made using only dots. Each hand-drawn dot represents a Christian. One dot = one believer.
Each participant is asked to attach a message to their dot answering the artist's question: "Why Jesus?" Ilan sees himself as representing all non-Christians who are uninformed about Jesus Christ.
It will take one million Christians to complete this interactive work of art, known as The People's Portrait of Christ. As more people go to the "Dots For Jesus" website ( www.DotsForJesus.com) to get a free dot in their name, they come together to form the image of Christ.
"The project gives President Obama a unique opportunity to set the record straight about his religious beliefs," Ilan said. "One million other Christians are doing the same thing, so the President isn't being singled out because of the controversy."
Today, Ilan issued an open invitation to the White House for Obama to get his dot and share how Jesus has made a positive difference in his life.
Since Ilan is Jewish, he feels he's in an impartial position to jump into the Christian/Muslim debate over Obama's faith.
Jason Schulz, a Hollywood producer who reserved his dot, said, "Although the President has not placed his faith at the forefront of his persona, I feel that he embraces Christianity. Dots for Jesus is a great way for him to express his faith in a nonpolitical setting."
The President's dot will be the same size as the dots representing all the other Christians who are coming together to form the image of Christ. Obama's dot will be right next to the dots of average people from nearly every country on Earth.
"When it comes to religion, the President is on the same level as everyone. He will be sharing his beliefs about Jesus just like the rest of the Christians in the project. The only difference is that President Obama will be proving something about himself at the same time."