Jesus Comes Out
Coming out is a big part of the LGBTQ experience. And one of the things, that we talked about at queer theology sometimes, is that Jesus actually had a coming up moment as well. This is something that I first heard from Shay. So Shay, what’s going on with Jesus and coming out?
There’s a moment in a couple of the Gospels where Jesus takes his closest friends and he takes them up a mountain, and he has kind of this glittery transformation and reveals his glory to them. And it’s this wonderful time where Jesus comes out to the people that are closest to him. And he doesn’t come out to all of his followers at once, He comes out to just a couple of his most trusted friends and I really love that as an example of the coming out process both for Jesus and for us.
Yeah, I know that so often, the transfiguration which is this passage that we’re talking about, is presented as this triumphant, divine sort of anointing and I like this idea that when I actually read the Bible, it’s not about just listening to the stories that I’ve been told about the Bible, but reading the Bible, seeing a different story. And Jesus didn’t come out to all of his followers at the same time, right? He pulled out or pulled off to the side, a few of his closest and most trusted friends. He brought them somewhere else to reveal this part of himself to them. So then I think that it’s something that resonates with me, coming out wasn’t this thing that I did all at once, and it was one and done, but that I started with the people that I could trust most and felt safest with. And that in coming out to them, then gave me the confidence to come out to other people who I wasn’t that sure about and then even eventually just sort of, confront my calling, my destiny and not being scared of confrontation if that came because of who I am and what I’m called to do in the world.
And the thing that really strikes me about that passage is the reaction of Jesus’ friends. That Peter in particular has almost a negative reaction to Jesus’ revelation. He says, okay, great, let’s stay here, let’s keep you safe, let’s build a shelter. And Jesus is like, No, I’ve gotta walk this path to Jerusalem. I didn’t tell you this, so that we could stay here and so that this could just be between us but it’s time to walk off the mountain and go on this journey. And I think that coming out so often, it’s not the end result or goal. It’s the start of a journey that we’re gonna walk on with people. And we’re telling people, now you know more about me, let’s walk on this journey together. And I think that’s a really beautiful thing that it makes it less about this end result, a culmination of a journey and more about the start of a journey, and an invitation for people to walk with us on that journey.
Yeah, I can relate to that in my own story of coming out. And I’m sure so many LGBTQ Christians can, of people, sometimes like well intentioned and wanting to protect us, and saying, “oh, stay close,” “do you have to tell anyone?” “Are you sure?” And it’s, often it’s up to queer people to say, “No, this is not a secret. “This is not something that I’m ashamed of” and as you are saying, “I’ve got work to do. “So let’s get on with it.” I think that there’s something powerful that happens in queer people finding ourselves and queerness in Scripture in ways that isn’t-I mean if David and Jonathan being gay lovers resonates with you, great, explore that- But we don’t have to only have these, a few morsels of stories that queerness is throughout it. And learning to find our queerness in Scripture in unexpected places has been, like a blessing to me. And I think that then sharing those stories with straight cisgender people becomes like a blessing to them as well.
Yeah, I think that’s one of the biggest things for me is finding myself in Scripture has enabled me to fall back in love with the text and to be able to overcome some of the harm and trauma that was done to me using Scripture growing up. And so I think, that this passage is one that I hold really close ’cause this was one of the first times I saw myself in Scripture in the text. And I loved that.
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