Over the past few years, we have heard the phrase “He/She is Canceled” when someone has done something that has been deemed unacceptable or deplorable in the eyes of someone else. This has happened to so many celebrities, public figures and leaders. It happened to Chris Brown when he and Rihanna had their domestic incident that went viral and public very quickly. It happened to Chrisette Michele, Lecrae, Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, Gail King, Michael B Jordan, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Kyrie Irving, R. Kelly, Pastor John Gray, Tory Lanez and the list goes on. While I have had my opinions and have agreed that some of the actions and behaviors of some of the above listed individuals, I NEVER once canceled them because I know that I do not possess the power or ability to do so. I could however, choose to no longer support their businesses or talents but I, myself cannot cancel another human being.
Speaking of the “Cancel Culture,” who gave rights to any of us let alone anyone to be able to CANCEL one another? In the Bible, James 4:12 Amplified says “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, The One who is able to save and to destroy (The One God who has the absolute power of life and death); but who are you to (hypocritically or self-righteously) pass judgment on your neighbor?”
I have been betrayed by several people I once called friends yet, the loyalty and support of the few friends I have surpass all degrees and angles of betrayal I have experienced. I have had many men to mistreat and devalue me yet, I also have several men who have thought the world of me and treated me well and with both value and honor. I have been lied to and scammed yet, I never lose faith in those that are honest (proceeding with great caution of course 😆). I do not cancel. I choose to consider and calculate.
See I have learned the great value and lesson in not judging others without having an introspective and circumspection of myself because I am by far without blemish or transgression. I have also learned that God is the one and only entity that can count us in or out of something. I believe that there are healthy ways to disagree with someone as well as feel disappointed but without us being the value-holder and creator of that which we are trying to discount or devalue, we hold no right to cancel or say when something has an obsolete value.
What we should all ponder before attempting to cancel or judge someone for falling short, we need to add and ingest mercy and grace. It is that same mercy and grace that we too will one day need when we fall short of not only the righteousness of God but the expectations of others. Let’s consciously choose to walk in love, mercy and grace with one another. Our lives and world would be so much warmer and cohesive with it than without it. Let’s together CANCEL The Cancel Culture!
May our lessons be plenty and our journey’s be joyous and beautiful!
God Bless 😘