“Here’s a message you probably won’t hear at church this morning–YOU ARE RISEN, now get the hell out! That’s right, you are risen–not just Jesus, but everyone, all of us, risen indeed. That’s the Gospel, period.
So I say unto you, whatever your tomb is, you are risen, now get the hell out!
Maybe for you it’s fear. Maybe it’s insecurity. Maybe it’s procrastination.
Whatever your tomb is, you are risen. For Christ’s sake, it’s time to leave.
Push away the stone. See beyond your window. Awaken to the universe.
The fire of a thousand suns blazes within you. The bravery of an ever expanding cosmos quakes within you. The beauty of God Herself radiates from you. Just the smile on your face sends the demons trembling in hell.
No more time for weak knees or timid reservation. No more time for rehearsed excuses or bowing to your naysayers.
Whatever your tomb is, you are risen, now get the hell out!
Be your badass gay self. Be your unstoppable transgender truth.
Love the empath within you. Adore the misfit that is you. Embrace the brokenness that haunts you. No more shrinking back, no more conforming to a bigoted world.
No, you didn’t get the childhood you deserved. No, you didn’t get the apology owed to you. No, you didn’t get the life that you wish you would.
Yes, people have misunderstood you. Yes, people haven’t accepted you. Yes, people have hurt you.
Will those be the verses that embalm you?
I say unto you, whatever your tomb is, you are risen, now get your ass out!
The world can’t change without you. The world will never be the same if you’d just be you. Tombs are made for dead people, stop carrying yours around with you.
You are risen, now get the hell out!
Will the song inside of you never get sung?
Will the divinity that is you never be owned?
Will the salvation of another never come in your refusal to fully be you?
This is Jesus speaking, is this microphone on? Whatever Easter is to you, this is what Easter is to Me…
YOU ARE RISEN, now get the hell out!
Grace is brave. Be brave.”
– Chris Kratzer, author of Leatherbound Terrorism