I like Christian cancel culture.
“Cancel culture” is a modern form of ostracizing someone, either online by blocking their social media or in the real world by firing them or cutting ties with them. Sometimes it’s because of unacceptable actions and sometimes it’s because they expressed an unpopular opinion. I’m not saying I’m a fan of this often immature, boycotting cancel culture. But there is a good cancel culture that has been an important part of Christianity for a long time.
While our culture, and sadly often churches, too, “cancel” people who have done terrible things, Jesus cancels the terrible things that people do – the terrible things that cancel culture cancels people for.
The sins and scandals that cancel culture chooses not to forget, Jesus chooses not to remember. As Christians, this is our culture. We have no right to cast people aside for things they’ve done or opinions they’ve expressed. We cast their sins aside in forgiveness and love them, because that’s what Jesus has done for us.
“[Jesus] forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14)
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