CHRISTIANS AND THE CANCEL CULTURE(No.1)
As in the first century, evil permeates this age (Galatians 1:4). The “rulers of the darkness of this age” mount many efforts to disturb, distract, discourage, and destroy faithful Christians. With sober minds and watchful eyes, we must see these tactics and equip ourselves with spiritual weapons to pull down Satan’s strongholds (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 5:14-17; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
The cancel culture is a tactic being used to silence righteousness and truth. “Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (cancelling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.” Again, “the phenomenon of promoting the ‘cancelling’ of people, brands and even shows and movies due to what some consider to be offensive or problematic remarks or ideologies…”
The Bible records many attempts to cancel God’s truth and God’s people. Early Christians lived in a culture that tried to cancel them (Hebrews 10:32-33; Acts 8:1; 9:1-2; 26:9-11). The enforcement of emperor worship put saints under extreme economic hardships, costing many their lives when they refused to relinquish their faith for the sake of the state and societal approval (Revelation 2:10; 13:15-17).
Cancel culture tries to eliminate anyone deemed a foe for daring to resist its accepted norms (those sanctioned and promoted by secularists and influencers who refuse to retain God in their knowledge). Make no mistake; we live in a society caught in the turbulence and turmoil of the downward spiral of its moral collapse (Romans 1:18-32). While virtue signaling their “Moral Betters” they display their moral corruption (cf. Matthew 6:1-4; 23:5-12). Christians must “continue in the faith” in the face of the cancel culture (Colossians 1:21-23).
Cancel Culture: “Kill the Children!”
Previous cultures killed children to eliminate threats. Pharaoh ordered the death of the male Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:15-22). Herod ordered the male children’s slaughter in and around Bethlehem in his murderous attempt to extinguish a potential rival (Matthew 2:16-19). Even now, millions of unborn children are exterminated through abortion to relieve short-sighted, selfish, sinful desires.
The cancel culture attacks truth and decency under the guise of protecting children. Children’s physical and spiritual development is being “killed” to advance a secular agenda in public schools. Disguised as anti-bias, anti-bullying instruction, curricula indoctrinate children with an “inclusion” ethos supporting the LGBTQ community. Since God is impartial, unbiased, and bullies no one, we are against every form of bias (Acts 10:34; John 3:16; Matthew 7:12; Romans 13:8, 10). But we will not deny truth at the altar of conformity. God is pleased with exposing the darkness of the transgender agenda, and we seek His acceptance (Ephesians 5:8-11). Christians do so without bullying those who disagree. Can the same be said of the cancel culture? No. The cancel culture uses bullying tactics while signaling their virtue and cancelling those they say are bullies (Romans 2:1). That’s rich!
The cancel culture calls us biased and bigoted when we object to redefining marriage to include “same-sex” relationships and redefining families to include same-gender parents (Genesis 2:21-24).
Cancel Culture: “Silence God’s Prophets”
Queen Jezebel cancelled the prophets of the Lord with a massacre (1 Kings 18:4). Christ’s apostles and prophets were similarly cancelled (Acts 7:54-60; 12:1-2; John 21:18-19; 2 Timothy 4:6).
Truth is under attack. The cancel culture silences people who call for equal justice under the law by labelling them as racists. Some apologize for not supporting “Black Lives Matter.” We support the statement that black lives matter. We are not racists or unsympathetic to racial disparities and mistreatment when we say all lives matter (God says all lives matter, Acts 17:25-26. Then again, the cancel culture also tries to cancel God). We do not affirm the BLM Organization. By their admission, it exists to disrupt the nuclear family as a “queer-affirming network.”
Keep this issue for reference, it continues in the next issue (t.t.).