How Cancel Culture Impacts your Faith and Ability to Forgive

How Cancel Culture Impacts your Faith and Ability to Forgive

Over the past month, we have been discussing issues about forgiveness. One thing people fail to realize is society's impact on our ability to forgive. Today we're going to discuss how cancel culture impacts your faith and the ability to forgive. It is my prayer that you see the fatal flaws of society's approach to cancel culture and how it can be toxic.

What Does the Bible Say About Cancel Culture?

Let us examine one of the most beloved stories of redemption that features one of the most quoted scriptures of the bible, the story of the woman caught in adultery.

John 8:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

Scripture recap of John 8:1-11

1. A woman was caught in the act of adultery, in which the man who, too, was equally guilty of adultery was not brought before Jesus.

2. The woman was confronted by the scribe and Pharisees and stood her before a group.

3. The Pharisees immediately quotes Mosaic law, which states condemned such acts and was punishable by death.

4. The Pharisees ask Jesus of His "thoughts," with the intent of trying to pull a fast one on Jesus. At this point, the Jewish leaders were desperate to get Jesus in any way that they could, and if He ignored the Law of Moses, they would then have some grounds to blame Jesus for dishonoring Mosaic Law.

5. Jesus' response was EPIC. He replied, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." (Joun 8:7). This response outwits not only the Jewish leaders, but the crowd as well.

6. Once the crowd heard Jesus' response, they gracefully dispersed, leaving the woman and Jesus to be alone.

7. Jesus then speaks to her and says 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." (John 8:10-11)

The Point

Jesus uses love to win back a sinner, NOT condemnation.

1. God is a God of mercy and grace

2. Jesus displays how we should deal with sin, via truth and love. Not condemnation.

3. Jesus also gives a stern direction and tells the woman to leave her life of sin.

How Cancel Culture Impacts your Faith and Ability to Forgive

John chapter 8, verses one through seven at its core, represents the foundation upon which the current cancel culture reflects, from the perspective of the Pharisees and scribes. They were quick to cancel this woman (stone her to death) for committing adultery.

In those days, the penalty of adultery was death, and although (in some cases) the penalty may not be dead now, the uproar and pressures of society today results in individuals who have made a mistake to have their lives turned upside down—leaving little to no room for them to seek forgiveness or reconciliation.

So why are we so quick to cancel?

The answer projection of unforgiveness that's usually related to a similar sin or circumstance that we may have committed or have had done to us or someone we love. It's easier to condemn someone who we perceive as committing a similar sin to a higher degree, which in turn falsely releases the guilt of our actions or trauma of the past. It can be erroneously seen a justifiable means of redemption or retaliation. All of which are dangerous.

Know this; we are all far from perfect. If we were able to meet the standard of perfection holiness set forth by God, we would not need Jesus. His sacrifice would be null and void if we could achieve that standard, but you and I know that we can't, and we shouldn't expect anyone else to either.

So before we want to throw stones at someone else and crucify them for their mistakes, check your heart and your closet. Ask if you were in their position would you want to be canceled or would you want to be forgiven and allowed to grow and learn from your mistake?

In the end, cancel culture is an example of hypocrisy in the purest form that's rooted in unforgiveness and fosters condemnation. Christians should stay away from such groupthink and encourage forgiveness.

I sincerely hope that this post helps you better understand How Cancel culture impacts your faith and ability to forgive others and yourself.

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