- MATTHEW 5:44 (NKJV): “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
- MATTHEW 24:35 (ESV): “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
FREE SPEECH NULLIFIED
“CANCEL CULTURE,” WHICH USED TO BE seen by many as just another overreach by the political left that could be disregarded, has become a cancerous blot on our country and its continued life as a republic.
To be blunt, “cancel culture” is a fascistic impulse leaching from the radical left into mainstream liberalism with the aim of silencing all opposition.
Opposition means “divergent viewpoint.”
It means, “If you don’t agree with me, shut up! Go away.”
More than that is the mind-reading that interprets someone’s motives. If you disagree with a leftist, which is possible, then your motives are seen as malevolent regardless of what you say or how gently you say it.
There is no dialogue here. There is no room for equivocation. If you disagree with the leftist position on anything, you are immediately judged not only to be wrong but to be divisive and to harbor malignant motives.
You need to be “cancelled” or “deplatformed.”
There is no room in that mindset for honest dialogue. They may threaten you physically for even voicing an opinion and then, if you respond with more respect than their comment warrants, they’ll claim you “bashed” them.
BIG TECH INFLUENCE
NOWHERE IS CANCEL CULTURE more prevalent than in the social media world controlled by Big Tech.
Yes, the Big Tech operatives arrogate to themselves the right to censor divergent thoughts, but now even fellow users — called “Friends” — want to exercise that right.
They will block you or silence you or unfriend you — all legitimate responses, even if immature — but their bullying tactics are leading many conservatives to censure themselves.
They’re dropping from FaceBook and Twitter like passengers from a drowning ship.
Who needs to cancel their voices if they willingly do so themselves?
How sad that the growing cancer of leftism wants to circle the wagons to protect themselves from divergent voices, to hunker down with like-minded weaklings, and to threaten dire consequences for anyone they don’t like.
(The penalties are more severe for a minority, who has wandered off the plantation by not understanding their “class interest.”)
WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND something fundamental here. This is serious business. Please, everyone, take notice.
Slightly more than 150 years ago, our country at the time fought a War Between the States (Civil War) over many issues: slavery, economic power, states’ rights, and probably various turf conflicts that only historians are aware of now.
The dividing lines in most states were decided geographically. Perhaps in Maryland, a border state, was the divide more local.
Today, while there are geographic divisions in our country, the dividing lines are ideological. People see the world differently.
If you took 12 issues of current importance and listed opinions into two columns, A and B, you very likely would find that anyone who placed himself in Column A on one item would be in Column A for the other 11, as well. The same with Column B.
That means whatever animosity was kindled with the first dispute was rekindled with the second one and ignited by the third item. That gets topped by the fourth item, and so on.
IS THIS HEALTHY?
WHO SEES THIS AS HEALTHY?
Some would say, “Don’t bother to tell me your divergent viewpoint. You won’t change my mind.”
Okay, why not?
Will you change my mind?
You could, but not if we don’t talk.
What if none of us, not any one of us — you or me or the other guy or gal — has a corner on absolute truth?
What if we all could learn something from listening to someone else?
“Nope,” cancel culture says, “don’t talk to me. I’ll shut you down.”
ALMIGHTY AND GRACIOUS FATHER, we come into Your courts with thanksgiving and your gates with praise. Lord, we can do nothing without Your influence in our lives. You promised that all who believe in You will have life abundantly, will know the truth, and that truth will set us free. O Lord, we claim that truth and believe it with our whole hearts. Now, Lord, inspire our hearts to proclaim the goodness of Your love and the truth of Your design for us. Strengthen us, O Lord, through the trials and persecutions of the angry mob. Weaken their voice, O Lord, and strengthen ours. In Jesus’ name we lift this prayer. AMEN