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Find a way out of cancel culture

All political, social and spiritual persuasion faces almost daily reports from the forefront of “cancellation culture”. To be clear, cancel culture is not when power abusers are excluded from the power platform. Cancel cultures occur when an individual or group deviates from a set of community rules for the following purposes, and community approvals are immediately edited in large numbers.

Platforms such as Twitter and YouTube provide blacklisted and almost instant access to the latest rejected members. YouTube stars aren’t the only ones to participate. To be honest, the entire Christian Church has long participated in counterculture through excommunication, community rejection, and evasion of entire groups of people throughout its history, from anti-cultural preachers to artists who oppose grain. I’ve been doing it.

I will never forget my first encounter with someone who was canceled by a Christian.Christian singer Amy Grant divorced long before the Internet became the sensation we now understand, and much of the church community Responded with a fuss.. Through radio, printed matter and various media, the voices of Christians around the world have begun to call for a boycott of her music. This made a big impression on me when I was a kid growing up in church. You need a perfect life to include the community. Otherwise it will be cancelled.

It still resonates with me as an adult and requires conscious effort to let go of the fear of abandoning mistakes. Sure, it’s a fraudulent but effective method. In 2018, popular Christian artist Lauren Daigle Ellen’s room Because the host is openly gay. What scared many was not only Dagle’s willingness to attend the show, but also her lack of accusation of the host and the show itself, or the presence of love and acceptance. Daigle called on those who called her by publicly rejecting their prescribed code of conduct as “drawing a line in the sand” of their indignation.Young lady[ing] God’s heart.. “

I wondered because she was right. What makes a large group of faith bold to blame with such confidence?

Education Minister Darrell Smith, who also serves as Minister of Inclusion for the United Methodist Church of Alamo Heights, focuses on what he calls the “inner edge.” His overall purpose is to strengthen his faith while dismantling the walls that the church is building around him. name Of faith.His book Faith lies: 7 imperfect ideas that hijack faith and how to look beyond it Engaging in some of the philosophies that Christians use to counteract each other, we invite us to ask whether these principles come from Christ or our own interpretation. If we can confront the lies that cling to our fears, we can not only better reflect Christ, but also enter into a new understanding of our belief in reaching culture with the truth of Christ’s message.

The four lies highlighted in Darrell’s work stand out as the culprit in maintaining the church’s post-culture.

Lies: God is angry and doesn’t like me — especially when I sin.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but I’m not the only one who goes to church who grew up believing that love defined in Christian culture is conditional. This culture derives directly from the internalized lies that Darrell describes as a false attribution of “business relationships” to God’s character. As a result of believing that God needs good behavior in exchange for love, we have the same expectations for others. It’s about getting love with good behavior.

Lie: I am supposed to protect and protect God and my faith.

As Darrell says, “If I do not argue correctly, fight in the name of God, or stand up, God will not decline or disappear. If God can decline or disappear. It’s a good thing, because God never declines. Many of God. “Basically, we reject others in the name of protecting God, but God doesn’t need it. As a result, we are actually protecting ourselves.

Lies: There is one right way to believe and one right way to act.

Heretic Carmen Sandiego can’t be found here before you grab the pearls. Jesus remains intact!what will you do But the challenge is that as a Christian culture, it is necessary to create arbitrary measurements for complete faith. We are afraid of being wrong about God, so we control our thoughts and actions surrounding our faith. As a result, the fear of being wrong in oneself forces us to take fine control of the faith and behavior of others.

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Lie: I must be perfect and not make mistakes.

In the case of Amy Grant and Lauren Daigle, we see Christians holding role models in the hope of perfection and error. Instead, you need to learn how to understand two important facts. First, God chooses defective people to do some of his best work. The Bible is full of righteous people who have made some big mistakes. From Abraham to Joseph, from Peter to Thomas, no one, except Christ, can live without failure. If there was a cancellation culture, can you imagine where the Bible heroes are?

When Christian leaders stumble, it does not invalidate their work. That means they are human. We need to learn and teach each other especially how to love our brothers and sisters, even if they make mistakes. Or even when they make a decision we disagree with. The atonement of loving them through their actions often speaks much louder into the world they see than their supposed ill-advised momentary effects.

It may seem trivial to mess up the betrayal of beauty products on YouTube, but the behavior of cancel culture itself pervades every aspect of our lives. It is insidious, effective and damaging — especially when it is related to the name of Christ. Our declining number of churches proves how effective this Christian cancellation culture is. Young people are gone, old people are isolated, and new believers are afraid. How do you find a way out of the cancel culture? It starts with ourselves.

By knowing the truth about who, how, and who Christ is, he was called to love us. When we love like God, we do not let go of God, we take over our faith, let go of lies that free our fears from our own understanding, and accept the culture around us in love. You can be God’s people who are not afraid to do it – not just cancel.

[This article was adapted from a piece that ran in 2021.]

Rachel Hewitt

Rachel Hewitt is an artist, a seeker, and a firm believer in Jesus’ call to love your neighbor. Her day job consists of online engagement, providing an intimate and complex perspective on social media behavior, conversation and cultural impact. She uses this insight to work on ways to bring better reach to people through her love actions for fear and control. She is ready to work on how we find genuine relationships, beliefs and dialogues in a world designed for clicks and follow-ups.