Because of the cross, they can never cancel you!
Are you familiar with the cancel culture? Well, according to an online dictionary, the cancel culture is ostracism in 2021. People exclude individuals from social media and cut ties with them in the business world when a scandal occurs or if they disagree with them about something. It’s pretty intense. Anyone could be “cancelled” according to this definition, and it’s almost impossible to get off the “cancel culture” list. Yes! Believe it or not, there is a list. Take it for what it’s worth, and I don’t know what that is. Nevertheless, people lose their platforms and their financial stability based on public opinion. For example, a country music singer was “cancelled” because someone recorded him using a racial slur outside of his home. Seems fair, right? A talk show host was “cancelled” because she allegedly created a toxic work environment. Something had to happen, right? A football coach was “cancelled” because he wrote racist homophobic emails that were leaked. He apologized, but we don’t know the motive behind his apology. A YouTube influencer was “cancelled” after a video surfaced that included the individual in blackface. We can’t have said. Oh! The list goes on and on…
As the costumer or follower, we feel betrayed when their dark moments come to light. After all, we liked their post, shared their content, and purchased their products, so it’s only fair for us to become the judge, juror, and executioner. We’ll never get our money back or the time we invested in them. We might as well get our pound of flesh, so to speak. Let’s put them on blast. Drag them on social media. They’ll learn! Learn what? Learn that we’re unforgiving. Learn that our love and admiration were conditional.
As I soul searched with our father, I was led to read Matthew 1:18-20. This is the moment when Jospeh accepts Jesus as his son. It states, “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph, her husband, was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Now let’s think about this for a minute. Jospeh loved Mary so much that he didn’t want to expose her to public disgrace, even though he thought she’d betrayed him and broke the law. He thought about divorcing her quietly. Yet, we won’t even consider cutting ties quietly with a public figure that we’ve never met! The minute we hear about a scandal or something even looks funny, we share it and comment about it before we even have all the details, and we have to let everyone know that we’re not supporting someone. Why? Why can’t we make that personal decision quietly? Why do I have to let everyone know that I’m not watching this show or purchasing that music for this reason or that reason? As believers in Christ Jesus, we have no business being a part of a cancel culture. If our brothers and sisters fall, we should be there to pick them up. We don’t have to buy their products, but we shouldn’t withhold kindness. Just think about it. Satan cancelled us until God sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.
So, to the people who have been cancelled and may be cancelled, let me say this: because of the cross, they can never cancel you. God sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for the very sins they’re holding against you. Now, if you’re waiting for the world to validate you, you will always be sad and disappointed because the love of this world is conditional. If you want a love that is patient and kind, it’s time to give your life to Christ. Through him, you will be saved! Through him, you will be changed! Through him, you will be restored! God opens doors that no man can shut and he closes doors that no man can open. I know it looks bad! You’ve hurt a lot of people. You may have broken some laws. You may have to go away for a while, but God will never leave you or forsake you. He took care of the cancel culture when he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross, so don’t worry about what they say. Ask God to create in you a clean heart, and ask him to renew a right spirit within you. That is a reference to Psalm 51:10 ESV. Then let your trial become a testimony to God’s amazing love! Just think about it. Then, go to the Father and pray about it.
#Soul Searching with Our Father#