Spiritual Food for Thought: Topic 13
The Three R's of Possibility and Potential for God's People
Yes, in my opinion, we live in a cancel culture.
That is my opinion regarding the argument currently being debated across the internet.
It may be useful here to define "cancel culture" as the term is being applied to the rhetoric of the present day.
Cancel Culture is an evolving term, but may be defined at present as this: the immersion in dialogue and action against
an individual, both socially and legally, to make the individual accountable for past actions, opinions, and decisions. The term “cancel” refers to a majority consensus of public opinion that the individual is no longer fit to hold a position of authority
or continue to pursue a particular livelihood at a given time and place. The “culture” portion of the definition refers to the fact that most of the consensus majority are those who use social media. The social media component, in fact, indicates that the perceived majority opinion does not reflect the complete will of the people - as many people do not use social media
for that purpose, and many others do not use social media at all.
Many of these people walk a different path. One example is the path of the Three R's of Possibility.
The basis of the principle is biblical, "Judge ye not, lest ye be judged."
I believe that this is the reason that many people refuse to become a part of the “cancel culture.” We inherently or spiritually
know that it is wrong to judge and therefore do not participate in the social media rhetoric.
We know that our own mistakes could have lead to our own judgment. We are only living our lives by the grace of God.
We are well acquainted with God's grace and cannot participate in such activities.
As people of God we know the Three R's of Gods Grace. They are: repentance, reconciliation, and restoration.
This plan is in direct contrast to the cancel culture format: identification, judgment, and dismissal.
There are many people in the prison system today. They have been identified, judged, and dismissed from society.
Scholars and community activists advocate for the futures of these individuals. Our society has not progressed
far enough in this key area - restoration. As a whole we are failing in this area. We are resistant to restoration
because we want to forget about the judged and keep them "forgotten."
The contributions of the freed former-prisoners who have paid their debt to society are never realized.
Lack of restoration is not just limited to the prison system. Military heroes return home
to the same racism and joblessness they left behind when they joined the fight to defend this country.
As soon as they return, they are forgotten.
African Americans were promised restoration. Enough said.
That is why we must increase our efforts to complete the cycle of the Three R's.
Most of the activity and rhetoric today centers upon judgment and consequences.
Because of the cancel culture, we have sidelined so many of our possibilities and potential.
God's ways are above our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8)
That is why the Lord chose a man (before he was born) to be become a prince
in a culture other than his own people and who would later commit murder,
to lead the Israelites out of bondage, into the promised land, and write the first five books of the Bible.
We need to move past the judgment, dismissed, and forgotten method
and rise to the Three R's as God intended: Repentance, Reconciliation, and Restoration.
Ideas to Ponder:
1. If the cancel culture continues to take precedence, who will actually occupy the positions of authority?
Will it be our best? (or a combination of those who are above reproach, and those who seem to be...)
2. Will our society be left with lots of highly qualified people, ready to work but sidelined? (Additionally, will all of the people
in positions be highly qualified or will the group contain some who are less qualified but didnt make any glaring errors?)
3. What benefits can true repentance, reconciliation, and restoration policies bring about for us and for our children?
Will our children believe that errors permanently disqualify?