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That’s the problem you run into when you try to promote beliefs and policies that don’t align with reality. At some point the lies accumulate to a point that they can no longer be hidden or defended.
Cancel culture is built on lies. It is a societal phenomenon that has been happening in American society over the last several years where certain beliefs are considered to be taboo, and anyone who gives voice to a tabooed belief is shamed or, in various ways, “deleted” from the public square.
In recent years, this practice has been primarily directed toward Christians, political conservatives, or anyone else who voices traditional religious beliefs or values. The most prominent evidence of this practice has been seen in the public shaming of people in the news media (most prominently in the mainstream legacy media), shaming in public by prominent politicians (primarily liberal politicians who are promoting socialist policies), and on social media (where social media companies are banning particular prominent voices who promote traditional values, or are otherwise limiting or censoring opinions they disagree with).
But that kind of cancel culture has a way of ultimately destroying itself. The problem with the modern cancel culture mentality is that it is based on a set of beliefs that have no objective foundation. There is no objective set of rules that define what is acceptable and what is not acceptable for public consumption. That is because the liberal values that push the cancel culture narrative is based on a naturalistic worldview – the belief that the natural universe, operating by natural laws, is all that exists.
With that as a starting point, there is no belief in God, thus no possibility of any kind of objective moral rules for society to go by. The only possibility, then, is for human beings to make up their own moral rules.
And that is where the trouble begins. When human beings are making up the rules, what happens when two people disagree about what the rules ought to be? Well, hopefully they can come to some kind of compromise and settle any problems that might arise from the disagreement. But what if they can’t come to an agreement? What then? Well, the only possibility under that scenario is to duke it out, and the one who wins gets to make the rules.
What we are beginning to see more and more these days is the “duking it out” scenario. Those with the naturalistic mindset can pretty much all agree that traditional values ought to be cancelled, but they can’t seem to agree on what to do with people of their own persuasion that don’t agree with them in various areas. For instance (and none of these people believe in traditional values),
- Sharon Osbourne was kicked off of The Talk TV show because another member of the cast started trying to cancel one of her friends and she defended him.
- J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has been canceled because transgender rights advocates are afraid that her defense of women’s rights will hurt their cause.
- Jimmy Fallon has come under fire because of a skit he did in the year 2000 on Saturday Night Live wearing blackface.
- Scarlett Johansson was attacked for saying that actors should not be disqualified from taking acting parts that do not represent their own race, gender, or sexual orientation.
- Comedian Dave Chapelle has come under fire numerous times with people trying to get him fired from Netflix for making jokes about people and topics that are considered politically incorrect.
Cancel culture brooks no dissent. It is “my way or the highway” – no matter who the offender might be. With that kind of intolerance, there is ultimately only one possible outcome – disunity and disorder in society. The beliefs that support the cancel culture are false beliefs – they don’t reflect reality. The truth is, those who want to be dictators and not allow for opinions other than their own are really the ones who need to be canceled.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
You may also contact Freddy at Leadership Speakers Bureau to schedule him for speaking or leadership engagements.
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