DJ Lady Katt
Christians and Cancel Culture: A Clash of Worldviews
In recent years, the phenomenon of cancel culture has taken the world by storm. It's a movement where individuals, usually on social media, call for the cancellation of public figures or brands for their past actions or comments deemed inappropriate. But for Christians, cancel culture doesn't quite align with their worldview.
The Bible teaches Christians to love and forgive their enemies, to not judge others, and to extend grace to those who have wronged them. In Matthew 5:44, Jesus says, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." In John 8:7, Jesus also says, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone."
Myles Munroe, a renowned Christian pastor, echoes this sentiment when he says, "The Kingdom perspective sees people not as problems to be solved, but as potential to be realized." This perspective emphasizes the importance of seeing individuals as valuable, despite their flaws.
However, cancel culture thrives on the idea of judging and condemning individuals for their past mistakes, often without giving them the opportunity to redeem themselves. This approach creates a toxic environment where individuals are defined by their worst moments.
Christian artists like Jackie Hill-Perry and Pastor Mike Jr. address this issue in their music. In her song "Hate, Love," Jackie Hill-Perry raps, "Hate won't make you free, it'll make you a prisoner." She challenges listeners to choose love and forgiveness over hate and condemnation. In Pastor Mike Jr.'s song "Big," he sings, "I ain't trying to make you believe what I believe, I'm just trying to live what I preach." He emphasizes the importance of living out one's beliefs rather than forcing them onto others.
Controversial artists like Chris Brown have faced the wrath of cancel culture. Despite his past mistakes, Brown continues to have a loyal fan base and has found success in his music career. The question remains, should Christians cancel him?
Ultimately, Christians must navigate cancel culture with grace and love. It's important to hold individuals accountable for their actions, but also to extend grace and forgiveness when appropriate. As Christians, we must strive to live out our faith in a way that reflects the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
In the words of Romans 12:21, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."