Queering Jesus

Speaking of Martin Roth, I’m glad he brought up the Dolly Parton performance at the Oscars. Parton, you recall, performed the song she recorded for the film TransAmerica. It was a striking performance, not only because Parton was wearing a onesie, but because she continues to use her popularity and success to insist (as she has in numerous interviews and from the stage of countless of her performances) on the universality of Christ’s love, even and especially for people who have traditionally been made to feel less than welcome in the church. There’s an audacious generosity to that position - the eagerness to befriend the stigmatized and “sinful” in unconditional embrace - that strikes me as very Christlike. Next thing you know we’ll be hearing that Judas actually didn’t betray Christ at all.

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