It seems lately that cancel culture has overtaken everything. I look at actors and singers whose careers have ended practically overnight because of misdeeds and bad behavior anywhere from recently to decades ago. I think for me, I am not a fan of cancel culture.
Don’t get me wrong. I think that wrong behavior, especially criminal behavior, should have real consequences.
But I’m don’t think that negates everything good that a person has ever done. I definitely don’t think that we should write off people who make mistakes and poor decisions. I’ve said before many times that I am not into karma because I know what I deserve if I had it coming to me.
I’m a fan of grace for me and for others because I know there are times when I’ve been in a place where I deserved judgment and received mercy instead. I still believe that no one is beyond the saving grace of God. No one. And I don’t intend to denigrate someone who is created in the image of God.
If we judged people by their pasts — and solely by the wrongs they’ve done in the past — then we wouldn’t have a New Testament. In cancelling the Apostle Paul, we’d lose all those wonderful epistles. Paul himself even admits that he’s the least worthy of all the apostles and calls himself the chief of sinners.
Again, I believe that sin has consequences, but I also believe that there can be forgiveness and second chances. Just because you were reprobate once doesn’t mean that you always have to be that way. The same Apostle Paul said that for those who are in Christ, the old has passed away and a new way has come. Who you were no longer exists, and the new you is being transformed into the likeness of Christ.
Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn it and cancel it but to save it.