Jasmin Figueroa is a doctoral student in Practical Theology, with a focus on Church and Society, at Boston University School of Theology. As a self-described feminist diaspora NuyoRican, she is interested in the ways that minoritized communities, millennials in particular, are renegotiating their spiritualities in light of this political moment. To this end, she hopes to help contribute to new methods of culturally competent and trauma-informed spiritual care.
Rather than read it prescriptively to justify my own identification as a “righteous Christian,” I now read this passage for what it is: a poem that describes the resilience of a people who found true comfort and safety in God, despite attacks from those who would cause them harm.
The introduction of radically liberative political concepts has profound implications for how communities understand punishment and vengeance. This particular political moment allows for a reconceptualization of power with regard to racism and scripture.