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The Pulse of Justice – The Passion of Jesus

By: Hassan Henderson
June 20, 2016

Today, we are met with the charge to not only stand in solidarity but to sing, dance, vogue, death-drop, write, speak, and fight with Jesus.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at approximately 2 a.m., a gunman violently stole the lives of 49 of God’s beloved people. I cried that night, in my car, by myself, but I was not alone. Together, with my community, I am in mourning, grieving:

  • the shed of guiltless blood,
  • the loss of innocent lives,
  • the pain of families whose lives would be stained by the tarnish of perpetual suffering,
  • and the fear and anxiety of queer children everywhere, whose security has been disrupted - whose joys have been disturbed.

And among the layers of my complex state of mourning, I grieved - in my car - for the lost life of Jesus. I am convinced, and it is my theological conviction that Jesus is among those whose lives were lost in that Orlando night club. The Christian faith is founded upon the central pillar which decrees that the person of Jesus, a poor and outcast first-century Jewish man from Nazareth, is in fact ‘the Word made flesh.’ Jesus Christ is the embodied presence of God—through the body of Jesus and in His flesh, God is blamelessly revealed to humanity.

Yet Jesus declares that this divinely incarnate revelation occurs not only in Him, but in all socially and politically marginal people, who suffer with Him. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus announces, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these…ye have done it unto me.” Here, Jesus proclaims that the immaculate incarnation will occur in bodies who are hungry. It will occur in thirsty bodies, those who are alienated, bodies who are naked, and those who are in prison.

Essentially, Jesus declares that people who experience social and political injury, are they whom God has inhabited.

Queer folk, among countless other marginalized communities, experience the depraved lash back of hate, and fit seamlessly within the category, ‘least of these.’ Regardless of one’s violent theological stance on the value of queer lives; despite ahistorical biblical arguments against the marriage of autonomous, consensual, loving adults of the same gender, God chooses to dwell in the bodies of queer folk everywhere. Hence, I am convinced that Jesus was in fact, in that Orlando night club. Sunday evening, among ‘the least of these,’ Jesus in #Formation, sang the lyrics to popular hit songs; slaying the dance floor; voguing, and death-dropping, as an act of Grace and resistance, did the work with us. And now in us, God strives toward the achievement of self-love and affirmation of all people.

Today, we are met with the charge to not only stand in solidarity but to sing, dance, vogue, death-drop, write, speak, and fight with Jesus. As Christians, we are demanded of Christ to not only walk alongside ‘the least of these,’ but like Jesus, to become one with ‘the least of these,’ that we would miraculously – through the miracle of God – undergo a divine transfiguration.

With our hearts and in our flesh, we hope for the advent of our awaited Kingdom. By faith we believe that Joy will come through the movement of justice, and the gift of salvation witnessed by our own will in action. We do this, with a faith to believe that one day, we would join our queer sisters, and our queer brothers, and our bristas again, to hear the Word of our Lord say to us also, “Come, ye blessed of [Heaven], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Caption: Vigil in response to the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Photo by Fibonacci Blue.

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