Is Jesus Gay?

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At times, there is silence for a reason as some things are best said by being left unsaid.

That there is no mention of Jesus’ sexual orientation in scripture is perhaps reflective of a profound, cosmic reality that one’s gender nor orientation are a prerequisite for determining that which is of the Divine. To the dismay of much of western Christianity, Jesus wasn’t purposed on being imaged into a caucasian, American, heterosexual, republican, gun-owning, blue-eyed, conservative male with flowing locks of brown hair—but rather He is the surest example of what it truly looks like to simply be fully human and fully rested in the Divine.

Was or is Jesus gay in terms of sexual orientation or behavior? I don’t believe so—but it certainly doesn’t matter. For being gay is about so much more than mere sexual orientation or gender identification. It’s about being a beautifully created soul adorned with eternal extravagance imaged in the splendor of the Creator, who no less bears the arduous task of navigating their unique, human experience through the minefields of a brutally inhumane world that would quickly ransack those who break religious molds, clawing to strip them of their divine value, identity, purpose and worth. Beyond the gravity of sexuality and orientation, this is the deeper, ultimate essence of the plight intrinsic to being gay—to be fully human and fully alive while sweating beads of blood in determination to find one’s way and hold onto one’s inherent dignity and God-delighting in a spiritually nefarious, different-condemning, and different-killing world.

In this way, Jesus was surely gay.

For in the face of being ostracized and derided by His own Nazareth family of bigots determined to misunderstand Him, Jesus is the gay man and the lesbian woman who live in the constant, gruesome torment of coming out, being known, and fully living their God-designed personhood—a kind of hell on earth of daily accusation and rejection God never weaved into the tapestry of what anyone should endure.

Or crying over Jerusalem, begging for His heart to be understood and His people to receive Him, Jesus is the parent who lies awake deep into the night, tirelessly fighting in solidarity for the defense, worth, dignity and affirmation of the LGBT child God has blessed them, but the religious deem a disgrace—Jesus, not just the parent, but also too the LGBT child born innocent by the Spirit’s authoring, pursued by the cunning Herods of our world whose sure desire is to seek out and kill them.

There, praying in the garden of Gethsemane, begging for divine reprieve, Jesus is the lesbian teenager, trembling in terror as she cuts her arms and threads the noose, convinced that giving up is the only way out, and the only sure resolve to the pain that is before her.

In the outer courts, confronted by the religious through the evil venom of their creed—backed into a corner, a pointed finger pushing at His chest questioning His true identity, Jesus is the transgender person whose truth is too truthful for the world to hear nor see.

Then, from the confines of Pilate’s Praetorium where flogged beyond recognition, to a savage, religiously-conspired cross where nailed, pierced and left to die of internal suffocation, Jesus is the Orlando night club and every LGBT person ever murdered in body, mind or spirit—crucified to death by religion, ignorance, and hate, and even good people who remain silent and unengaged.

In all these ways, Jesus is surely gay—not just gay, but One of us all for whom religion has demonized, illegitimized, and crucified in hate.

For Jesus didn’t die just for humanity, He died as humanity—all of it. Transgender, black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, conservative, progressive—the haters, the lovers, the lifted high, the beaten low, the Christians, the Muslims—every type, color, creed, and flavor.

Everywhere there is religious oppression, everywhere there is bigotry, discrimination, or injustice—where there is the branding with labels or the withholding of Grace, Jesus is there in Person and as the person being deprived of that which has been given to them freely and irrevocably from the goodness of His Name.

In this way, if you can’t handle the notion of Jesus being gay then you aren’t fully understanding the essence of Jesus being you.

To be you or to be gay is essentially one in the same—it’s what it means for all of us to simply be human, created in the likeness, image, and favor of our Maker, living in a religious world that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy all that His hands have made, with special sights on that which the religious deem inferior or against the grain.

Run your fingers through the strands of an LGBT soul, then through mine, or that of any other, and soon you will declare the only declaration that can be truthfully rendered—that none are better, only different. For the sooner we see Jesus in and as the people around us, the sooner the lenses of God’s affirming view become the windows through which we see ourselves and all humanity.

If Jesus isn’t gay then Jesus isn’t you, and if Jesus isn’t you, then the incarnation is a fake, and your resurrection a certain uncertainty.

No one chooses to be LGBT, but in Christ Jesus, God has chosen to be—not just One of them, but He even does the unthinkable and dares to be One of you.

Yes, that’s right.

Jesus is gay, Jesus is me, and Jesus is even…

You.

16 Comments

  1. No Jesus is not gay, but he is love. And love everything to anyone. Nobody is excluded from his love. And that makes all the difference in this world!

    • You totally missed the point. Reread it until you get it!

    • If Christ is all things to all men – and women – then He is Gay. But we should also remember Paul’s advice – neither slave nor free – neither Jew nor Greek – neither male nor female. And that’s good enough for me.

    • Resonating with Jack’s observation, and may add that I’m inspired by Jesus of Nazareth – my prime Exemplar. Why? He has never judged or showed a judgemental attitude. Some out there averse to us LGBTQ- folk should REALLY go FIGURE…

      Thanks for this article, Chris. As allways, most enlightening and a pleasure to read, and proud to follow this blog 🙂

  2. You have such an amazing, transcendent insight, Chris! Thank you for challenging us in our perceptions and helping us to take another look at ourselves and others through the lens of Jesus’ perceptions.

  3. Just as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:22 “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some”, Jesus became all things to all people to show them that God loves them. Through many old testament writings that have been misinterpreted and by writers who were inspired by God but threw in some personal thoughts and opinions, many people see a God of hate, judgment and destruction. Jesus came show everyone that God is love and that He loves all people. Gay, straight, muslim, jew, christian, atheist, black, white, man, woman, child…God loves us all. It is time that we as his followers start acting like Jesus and showing ALL people that God (and us) loves and accepts them.

  4. Just because Jesus held deep emotions, was passionate about his mission, was fully human in an (inset big words here) world does not make him gay. No evidence that he adored Judy Garland or Bette Midler or was hip to the latest fashions, or gossiped about the celebrities of the day.
    By painting a beautiful straw man – one does not make Jesus gay.
    Absent from Kratzer’s description of gay is the BEHAVIOR!! the sexual promiscuity, the self-destructive behavior and the desire to wear women’s clothes and insult his audience…
    Based on this article Kratzer knows nothing about being gay, the movement or the behaviors. I am sure reading other articles will only prove he knows nothing about much of anything except to take the liberal idea of Jesus and bash conservatives with it.

    • I’m not sure you understood the point of this article… or even read it. He says that, based on behavior, Jesus wasn’t gay. His point is that Jesus is everyone. He is “all things to all people.” So no. Based on some of His behavior, He wasn’t gay. But based on the persecution and demonization He faced on a daily basis, He can identify with the pain and persecution LGBT people face everyday; even Christian, God-fearing LGBT people. I pray God opens your heart and your mind to the plight of others so you might understand your fellow man. God bless.

      • ckratzer

        May 9, 2017 at 11:35 am

        Well said Alyssa! Thanks for “getting it.” 🙂

        • I guess the self-righteous ‘I’ll pray for you” is also part of getting it. Being persecuted because you fulfill the law of God and being bullied or persecuted for being gay is not the same thing. Not even close. Making Jesus relatable by drawing weak comparisons and nebulous associations is not getting it either.

      • I did read the article, so you are wrong.
        Jesus was/is the Son of God, NOT ‘all things to all people’. That fallacious thinking allows Jesus to be a blank page where anyone can put their version of reality and who they are on it and claim an affinity to Jesus. This nebulous, new-age version is Jesus is not supported by the Gospels.

        Jesus was persecuted and killed because he claimed he was the Son of God. He demonstrated it too. No one can make this claim. So the argument that LGBT are bullied or persecuted so Jesus can identify with them is fallacious and backwards.

        Your offer to pray for me is indeed touching, it is also self-righteous and implies that somehow you are more moral or are spiritually better than I. Please. One could pray for you to be more logically astute or rational. Your (and his) point is not made stronger by such an implication. It is called an ad hominem attack – and a logical fallacy, usually invoked when unable to make a cogent, logical argument.

  5. Karin Gregory

    July 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    This is awesome, and awesomely true. Jesus is with ALL LGTBQ always. I liked the part about him being with the Orlando group in that massacre. That straight, or as I call them limited people, do not understand that God made us gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender really makes straight people limited.

  6. I am a straight, white, middle class human. If I love you, and all LGBT people, but I hate Jesus, then can Jesus be gay?

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