A Note on What is Called the Cancel Culture

I do not promote or support the attitude known as “cancel culture” with respect to advocating or taking action to take away a person business, employment, or otherwise cancel that person’s ability to make a living for a severe legal act provided that person repents of the act and does not continue to engage in it.  In no case should any person be “canceled” for something he/she said or did years ago.

I advocate adherence to the spirit and letter of the US Constitution First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The spirit of that amendment is that persons have the right to engage in any decent speech, oral or written, and action according to one’s spirit, mind, heart, and soul that reveals who one is and hope to be.  Life is spiritual warfare that shows up in the natural in a variety of ways.  It is better to know the inner workings of a person than to require him/her to hide it.  So my position is let all show themselves; for then good can be celebrated and evil can be rebuked.

Be mindful that one would expect the founders to conclude that foul language and/or threat of violence do not meet the decency standard.  Certainly, such does not meet the Christian standard. Accordingly, I will not support or tolerate such indecency whether in word or action.

Cancelation may be appropriate in the case of a clear and compelling failure to meet the decency standard. Cancelation should be temporary; the person should be given the opportunity to clarify and repent and continue on by avoiding the bad behavior. If there is no repentance, then the cancelation may be permanent.

Of course, whether something is decent or indecent depends largely on context. 

The word decency is used herein with respect to the First Amendment and public behavior. Given the ingenuity of humankind, there might be other things that fail the decency standard. However, words of hate or disagreement or disdain by a person of any gender or race directed at persons, gender, race, or religion are not considered indecent within this context, provided they do not classify as foul language or threats of violence.

It is spiritual warfare; in it we are to be men and women. We are not to be like little boys and girls who fight with carnal/fleshly weapons and uncontrolled emotions but rather with self-discipline and spiritual weapons.

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