There is something beyond sinister about today’s burgeoning cancel culture. Are we really attempting to create a society that mandates that everyone have a perfect track record of speech and behavior?
I am all for progress, no doubt about it. And people need to be held accountable for their actions. But it raises the question: will what I say today be grounds for canceling me (and/or my associates) five or ten years from now? Is there any way to forecast whether our words and actions will eventually become outrageous?
Our ethics are not the same from one generation to the next. For example, today I can openly state that dogs should be cage-trained for best behavior. I also believe they should be sterilized to prevent pet overpopulation. In ten years, will this still be an acceptable opinion concerning animal rights? Or what about spanking? I have spanked my children from time to time, and intend to continue as the necessity arises. Have I put myself at risk for being retroactively labeled “child abuser?” I shudder.
This is a large burden for each of us to bear! We not only have to worry about our past actions but the actions of people we associate with. Additionally, we must shoulder the actions of past generations. And on top of all that, today’s acceptable actions will be judged by unknown future societal standards. Makes you not want to leave your house anymore.
It’s one thing to reprimand/demand consequences from an offender. But canceling is much more menacing: it means there is no place for you here.
Judgmental and condemnatory behavior is one of society’s primary grievances against Christians. But there is a marked difference between judgment and discernment. Discernment determines whether an action is free from error. Judgment sizes up someone’s worth as a human being.
America’s preferred religion, secular humanism/moral relativism, doesn’t offer a clear method of discerning right from wrong. Its primary ethic seems to be: if it’s good for you, it’s good. Consent appears to be its only remaining moral. That gives the impression that we should all be home-free.
But boy oh boy–have we ever had a time like this? We are subject to so much scrutiny for every little comment and non-comment, action, and inaction! It is a veritable minefield for all of us! And we sure do have a lot of people to answer to! The intensity of rage against all the “bad people” hints that widespread canceling won’t even be enough. For those who have sinned against society, it seems only blood will gratify our society’s wrath.
Does this sound familiar?
God has high standards which none of us can meet, and he *also* demands canceling and…death. Isn’t it amazing that instead of canceling us, he decided to just cancel sin?
I am speechless sitting here. God’s loving forgiveness through the death of Jesus has never sounded more culturally relevant. More and more, there is no safe space in our society to make mistakes and to fail. We aren’t offered a chance to dust ourselves off and be made new. But all this time, despite all our failures and abuses, this is EXACTLY what Christ offers us. If we repent, there is no sin in the past and no sin we commit in the future that He will not cancel.
That is FREEDOM!
Anyone who has sinned against a holier-than-thou culture has a place at the table with Christ. God is way, way, way WAY nicer than our society. His astonishing plan of unconditional safety, acceptance, and restoration encompasses everyone: if you want it, repent and you’re in. If we really valued that, we would be devouring scripture and on our faces worshipping Him. I love all of you guys and I hope you have a new measure of honor for this GREAT GOD OF OURS who does not cancel us!!
P.S. I am currently doing a 30-day writing challenge. You can find it in the menu labeled “Daily.” I am a little shy so I haven’t decided whether to take the plunge and post them as blogs yet–because I don’t want to inundate email inboxes. Eric tells me not to care. Anyway, if you are interested in following my 30-day challenge, I have them posted up there. (This was today’s entry and I decided to go ahead and post it as a blog.)