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Hypocritical Canceling of Cancel Culture?

I have heard several sources calling the call for cancellation of Cancel Culture hypocritical.

Firstly, what is Cancel Culture?

To briefly summarize, Cancel Culture is the trend – mostly by those on the political left and/or who follow/promote Critical Race Theory (CRT) and identity politics – to find out the sins of the past of individuals (especially famous or influential people) or business leaders and publicly shame them while calling for their removal from social media platforms, jobs/positions, and opportunities for advancement or funding.

Churches have not been immune to the movement, with many Pastors and leaders calling for reform of the church as a whole, that churches should apologize for past oppression (real, imagined, or overlooked) in church history against people of color (non-white, non-European) and even sacrificing biblical doctrines and truths for sake of reconciliation. The definition of the gospel has even been redefined from its historical, biblical understanding to appease the “woke” narrative.

Secondly, what is the perceived hypocrisy?

Due to more conservative Christians (not necessarily politically conservative, more those holding to more traditional definitions and understandings of the Bible, the Gospel, and the Church) saying Cancel Culture needs to be stopped, especially in the Church, those promoting CRT and IP (and some who are more middle of the road but want to show their empathy and compassion) say this is trying to apply Cancel Culture to Cancel Culture.

Who do we think we are to do such a thing?

A Defense? Definitely a Response

It does appear hypocritical to call for canceling Cancel Culture.

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

Proverbs 18:17, ESV

If anything, we are seeing a changing in beliefs on one side with a call to hold true on the other.

We have to ask: do we believe …

  1. … we are one human race or merely interconnected humans with different racial backgrounds? This is different than asking about ethnicities – different communities with similar culture and physical attributes – because it is a difference of believing we are one race or multiple, separate races (i.e. species versus breeds).
  2. … we are culpable for the sins of the past, whether our own or our ancestors? Do repentance and apologies actually count?
  3. … God changes or the Bible needs to be reinterpreted to fit the times? Is God different from the Old Testament to the New Testament (to today)?

1. Believing we are one human race.

We can see the effect evolutionary theory has had on society. (I am still surprised Charles Darwin hasn’t been canceled due to his racism, believing whites were the most advanced humans and blacks were the lowest.) Chuckie D. taught in his writings that lower human races (non-whites) were not worth as much as the higher races (especially whites).

How is the new cancel culture different? Whites are considered the worst of humanity while “minorities” – especially the more oppressed they have been – are more worthy, especially blacks having endured so much through slavery and Jim Crow-type laws.

This is still dividing us into different tiers – different kinds – of humans. Even though the Human Genome Project declared nearly 20 years ago that there indeed is only one human race. The Bible did say this since it was written …

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth . . .
Acts 17:26a, ESV

2. Believing in the effects of repentance.

Cancel Culture demands reparations for the sins of ancestors. Because slavery and Jim Crow laws kept minorities down in the past, even if [most if not all] of those responsible are long dead and those of us living today decry the injustice of it, we must still atone for our ancestors’ sin.

Or perhaps we find old papers, articles, pictures, notes, or tweets that were offensive, the one who did/said these things must pay. Even if they have apologized time and again and publicly apologized and made amends, they must pay.

Again, evolutionary thinking is definitely affecting our thoughts, if this is how we respond. Why? Because it teaches that things today describe how things in the past worked. Or, as the Bible put it …

“For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
2 Peter 3:4b, ESV

And this status of never changing is applied to us, too. Perhaps you have heard it said, “People don’t change.” We can see their hypocrisy here, too, because they demand people change to think the way they do. Yet, for those past sins, people still need to pay. Regardless of any repentance. Yet, we should forgive and establish room for growth. As the Bible says …

“Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.”
Deuteronomy 24:16, ESV

“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Luke 17:3-4, ESV

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Ephesians 4:28, ESV

Believing God is the same.

Many giving in to Cancel Culture say things like God never condoning violence, unless He did in which case it is alright to do so. But only the oppressed can use violence. They often say there is a difference between the god of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament, that Jesus never condoned the stuff of the Old Testament, which is why we are no longer under rules about slavery and homosexuality, because “Jesus never talked about it” or much of the OT stuff is not loving like Jesus.

Of course, that is if they even believe in God or the Bible.

And besides, God never cancels people.

If we point out He ordered the slaughter of the people living in the Promised Land, that either proves we don’t know what we’re talking about (see above) or that the Bible needs to be cancelled, too.

If we point out God the Holy Spirit striking down Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5, we are told we don’t really understand God.

Yet, we know He did these things. We know that …

“For I the Lord do not change . . .”
Micah 3:6, ESV

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8, ESV

The Response: So, why is not hypocritical for Christians to try and “cancel Cancel Culture”?

Firstly, we remember that Christ has cancelled our sin. (As seen with Jesus forgiving the “sinful woman” and His taking of our sins.

Secondly, we are actually commanded to stand for truth and justice.

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6, ESV

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:17-21, ESV

Therefore, we must make sure our thinking begins with the Word of God. We do not seek retribution, but peace. It is not peace at all costs, for we never deny nor waver from the truth of Word of God.

This is not to say we worship the Bible, but we acknowledge that truth begins with and is found in the character of God as He has revealed to us in Scripture.

Whatever does not conform with that truth must be confronted. We trust that God will change the hearts and minds of those who fight and argue against it. We do not try to change people’s minds nor seek revenge when they attack us. No, we trust the God who alone is able to soften their hearts and bring them to repentance.

We hold true to the truth God has revealed to us in His Word, refusing to change the words of the Unchanging One.

So, it is not hypocritical of us to try and stop the incessant cancellation of others, as long as we are on the side of truth, love, compassion, and grace. We are defending truth, not destroying everything that offends us.

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:22-24, ESV

“And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Luke 11:6, ESV

VerseD: Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Colossians 4:6, ESV

Most people speak from what they think they know. Let us remember to show grace as we speak the truth, speaking to sin-corrupted minds and souls.
May God grant us the grace and opportunities to bring others to know the truth.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 10:5

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV

All we have against God are lame excuses and our own ideas. Therefore, we conform our thoughts and base our reasoning on the Word of God.

A Quick Update (amid C-19)

Hello, world

If you are reading, firstly, thanks for reading my blog! Seriously. I appreciate it greatly.

Secondly, our church elders had a meeting this fine Monday evening to discuss how we are responding to this little crisis. It looks like we will be attempting a digital church service. The details are not completely ironed out, yet, but we are close.

But all of this has got me thinking about this platform, so I had an idea:

On top of what The Church Next Door is doing, I was also planning on creating video lessons for my youth and possibly for our childrens ministry. I will probably be sharing the youth lessons through the YouTube channel. My idea, though, was to ask my readers if there was any interest in short recorded sermons that I could upload here (via YouTube, probably) for those stuck at home at this time (and, by natural extension, for any time in the future).

So, world on the internet reading this blog, are you interested?

If so, leave a comment. Or send over an e-mail to Together@asimplemanofgod.com letting me know or with suggestions.

This is also a good time to remind you that if you have any questions, prayer requests, or other needs, you can e-mail those, too. You can also follow a simple man of God on Facebook to get the updates from here and whatever I write on Proverbial Thought.

No matter what, though, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10, ESV)

Daniel

VerseD: Matthew 10:16

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
Matthew 10:16, ESV

We are not only to be concerned about those in the world, but many within the fold of Christianity are deceitful and wicked servants of evil while putting on a good show of righteousness.

VerseD: Romans 8:6

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:6, ESV

If all you think about is worldly pleasures, problems, or passions, you may find yourself anxious, angry, or against God.

Maybe not in this life, but the only way to find the peace of eternal life is to listen to the Holy Spirit and focus and believe on Christ.

VerseD: Exodus 20:16

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Exodus 20:16, CSB

Lying about or to someone, failing to defend someone, and falsely reassuring someone (such as saying to a non-Christian everything will be okay …) is slapping the image of God within them in the face.

Lying to a person is attempting to lie to the God of Truth.

VerseD: Matthew 11:15

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Matthew 11:15, NASB

God’s truth is difficult for our sinful minds to accept, but seeking His wisdom and righteousness and allowing the Holy Spirit to awaken our minds helps us understand.

Counting On (Daylight Savings) Time

Alrighty, everyone!

If you are not in Hawaii or Arizona (where I am!) – or a few small pockets – then you are waking up to Daylight Savings Time adjusting your clocks back an hour!

Now, if you are grumbling about being an hour early for church, here is some advice:

Do all things without grumbling or disputing …
Philippians 2:14 (ESV)

If there is any silver lining to DST beginning and ending every 6 months-ish, it is that it serves as a reminder to live out another biblical teaching:

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (ESV)

Happy Sunday!

Go worship God in word, deed, and thought!

When We Call, He Is Near

Find how close God is through His wisdom as discussed at Proverbial Thought.

This is a special reminder for all of us who are facing trials, confusion, and difficulties.

I will let God’s Word speak for itself:

“I called on your name, O Lord,
    from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
    your ear to my cry for help!’
You came near when I called on you;
    you said, ‘Do not fear!’

“You have taken up my cause, O Lord;
    you have redeemed my life.”
Lamentations 3:55-58, ESV

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
. . .
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:18-21, 27