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The Cancelling of the Cancel Culture

The Cancel culture is a modern form of ostracism linked to the Me Too Movement. As the Me Too Movement formed in 2014 to defend woman from male predators, the Cancel Culture followed one year later. The idea that people pile onto others for bad behavior, triggered by social media to pressure inappropriate acts, beliefs and or comments to publically apologize has become a cultural phenomena. This movement does not discriminate as if you screw up, tension will build until the cries become so great, something will have to give.

And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross, Colossians 2:13-14.

The apostle Paul devote an entire chapter to a different kind of cancelling. In the middle of Colossians 2, Paul warns Christians in Colosse to avoid being deceived by deceptive and hollow human traditions. Perhaps, there were first century ideologies with different names that were getting people are riled up. Following Colossians 2:8, Paul turns his attention toward the human condition, corrupted by passions and lusts. This obvious flaw sets up the need for a Savior, to cancel the Old Testament law of sin and death.

[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross], Colossians 2:15.

The atmosphere of today’s Cancel Culture resembles the scene in John 8:1-11. A woman is caught in the act of adultery as a crowd gathers in a public square. According to Jewish law, this woman was suppose to be stoned to death. Thus, as people begin to form a line, picking up stones, Jesus bends down on one knee, starting to write with his finger in the ground. Bible scholars have suggested that Jesus began to write down secret sins of those holding a stone. Whatever Jesus wrote, one by one stones were dropped and people quietly walked back to their homes. When you add the passages above to this event, this is how you cancel the Cancel Culture.

by Jay Mankus

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