Stand Firm Against Cancel Culture

February 13, 2021 at 3:58 PM 10 comments

(Note: You have the option of listening to this as an audio episode at SermonAudio.com/studygrowknow, which is just under 18 minutes in length.)

 

You are no doubt aware of the “cancel culture” that works to cancel everything and everyone with which they do not agree. Most recently, actress Gina Carano was fired from her acting gig on Disney’s The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm, who created The Mandalorian, issued a statement essentially accusing Carano’s recent statement on social network to be “abhorrent.” What exactly was so wrong with what she had said?

‘Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors … even by children,’ Carano wrote. ‘Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?’

Wow, how dreadful! Really? No, what Carano was stating was actual truth of history. My wife, who is of German descent said that is exactly what happened under Hitler and it didn’t just happen in Germany. My wife’s parents – who were ethnic Germans living in Yugoslavia – talked of how the “jugend” (Hitler’s youth), were taught from a very young age how bad “the Jews” were for the world. An example my wife says her father (who was a child at the time), told her was what he was taught as a young person: “See that man with the big nose? He’s a Jew and he’s taking all our money.” Hitler’s regime taught German society that all Jews were bad and this propaganda was taught to children. All Jews were out for everyone else’s money and wanted to rule the world.

Segue to today and what do we have? We not only have a cancel culture that seeks to destroy any thought that is not approved by them, but there is also a subset of people who are using the same terms and epithets when describing Jews that Hitler’s youth did decades ago!

Consider President Trump, who, illegally was tried for impeachment. He is now a private citizen and the Constitution does not allow impeachment of a president once he is out of office. It is the cancel culture in Congress striking again to push him to the edges of society. He was the “created” enemy by the Left of all that is good so that must continue from the Left. Whether anyone likes Trump or not or whether he made bad mistakes is not the issue.

The cancel culture works to destroy freedom of speech and thought be defining anything they disagree with as “hate speech.” This was the norm during Hitler’s regime as well as many other tyrannical regimes like Stalin, Mao and many others. Dictators can only maintain their grip of control over society through fear. The more fear, the greater the control.

In actress Gina Carano’s case, I’m extremely impressed with how she has already begun to bounce back. She stated her beliefs and intentions following her dismissal from Disney.

‘I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob,’ Carano said in a statement on Friday. ‘I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.’

She’s 100% right! If we allow the Left to cancel us, to shut us down, to silence us, we have already lost. The Left wants a whole list of things to happen that will strengthen their foundation in society and it all has to do with silencing everyone else who does not agree with their particular stance or agenda.

If we do nothing, they will cancel us. Our response to attempts to cancel us is to simply go on with life with the knowledge that we are correct. The Left is wrong and our firm stance against their positions will say so, whether they like it or not. I’m not saying we violently address the cancel culture. I’m saying we firmly resist it by carrying on with life in general.

Christians and conservatives – as far as I know – are not interested in shutting people down unless they engage in corruption or treason. We are interested in stopping the Left’s nonsense related to our free speech and movement in society. The First Amendment does not categorize or define “hate speech” because it does not exist. It is an artificial construct created by the Left to silence the opposition to their tyranny and fascism.

But if we consider some of the very hateful and spiteful things the Left has said and done over the past 12 plus years, it’s clear they should be shut down and canceled because of their illegalities in the way they have promoted their cancel culture. If they simply spoke and not incited or indulged in violence, that would be one thing, but they’re not just speaking. They are going way beyond it. President Trump’s defense lawyers at his “impeachment” trial played a video highlighting many of the hate-filled speeches and rhetoric stated by those on the Left as proof of their hypocrisy in attacking Trump, especially considering he never incited violence, period.

I want to be clear here so that my words are not misunderstood. I would never argue that violence is the best response. While it can be used in self-defense as a reaction to violence, my position, especially for Christians, is to simply strengthen their backbones and understand that as things move forward, there will greater and greater attempts by the Left to shut Christians and conservatives out of society. I don’t believe they will be content just pushing us to the outer edges of society. I believe they want us gone, completely out of mind and invisible because when lived correctly, Christians, our lives tend to shine light into the darkness of this world and evil hates the light.

Because of this, I believe it is extremely important for Christians and conservatives to be as visible as possible and to simply decide beforehand how immovable we will be in the face of the Left’s violent extremism and cancellation culture. Again, this does not mean we react violently toward their violent rhetoric or threats of physical violence (though self-defense is certainly permissible). We simply stand firm in our convictions and carry on. What other viable choice do we have?

Ultimately, this may lead to even more persecution, but that should still not mean we cower. Even though the type of hateful rhetoric we hear from the Left is not necessarily against our Christianity per se, the truth of the matter is that this is where the Left’s hatred comes from whether they’ll admit that or not. Their hatred of God and all things biblically moral are abhorrent to them. It reminds them who they are and the evil that pervades within them. Because we align with God, Satan aligns against us. Those Christians who perfectly get along with the Left will have a great deal to answer for during their judgment.

One of the biggest defeats that can be handed to the Left is to simply not fear them. Throughout both testaments of the Bible, we constantly read where leaders of Israel and leaders of the Church admonished people to “not fear,” but to “wait on the Lord for His strength.” Both Paul and Peter confirm to us that the Christian’s correct response to all forms of persecution are to “not fear” and to “stand firm.”

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me. (Philippians 1:27-30 NKJV)

Paul was speaking about the Judaizers who had pursued him from place to place because of his message. Yet, it did not deter him or shut him down as he continued to preach Him crucified. Obviously, our very first priority as Christians is to share the Gospel, correct? This starts with our attitude and demeanor because that is what people see.

If in the face of the Left’s extreme fascism, we quietly and politely refuse to back down, this will send them a message. Yes, they may very well grow livid because we do not fear them, but ultimately, our polite resistance (standing firm), will send them a message that may actually open the door so that we can give them a reason for the hope that we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

We need to start thinking of these attempts to “cancel” us as opportunities for our growth and outreach. This is exactly how Paul looked at these things. The Judaizers of Paul’s day were the cancel culture then.

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ… (Philippians 1:12-13 NKJV)

It doesn’t appear that those who harassed him were changed, but it gave greater opportunities for the Gospel to be shared. We need to stop fearing the Left. We also need to stop hating the Left because they are in desperate need of the Gospel of Jesus. If we don’t tell them, who will?

Our strength will come from relying on God for His power in and through us as we approach the world and it’s worldview as Jesus and Paul did while they lived. We must allow God to separate us emotionally from this world. It’s a process that only comes through forms of persecution.

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  • 1. Maranatha Today  |  February 16, 2021 at 12:42 PM

    Hi Fred, you don’t have to post this if you don’t want to…

    Hello Modres, hope you had a great weekend despite all we are seeing and hearing…thanks for your article…

    https://apnews.com/article/conspiracy-theories-iran-only-on-ap-media-misinformation-bfca6d5b236a29d61c4dd38702495ffe

    “It doesn’t appear that those who harassed him were changed, but it gave greater opportunities for the Gospel to be shared. We need to stop fearing the Left. We also need to stop hating the Left because they are in desperate need of the Gospel of Jesus. If we don’t tell them, who will?”

    This is all that gives me hope…the Gospel being preached at this moment. Tired of all the diabolical wickedness being perpetrated against our fellow mankind…I don’t fear the Left but I won’t lie I HATE them as God does for their iniquity…and based the fact that they won’t stop, I pray…Save them or kill them Lord. I’m not sleeping well just knowing all the troubles that have been put upon the world right now…but I know God is in total control…waiting patiently for Jesus’ return.

    The lies and misinformation never stop…

    https://medicalkidnap.com/2021/02/13/cdc-witholding-information-1170-dead-following-covid-injections-almost-twice-as-many-deaths-as-found-in-vaers/

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/02/16/health-officials-make-crucial-error-in-vaccine-recommendation.aspx?ui=9bdbfdd8103d4d329bcb6194fcd1e114f7a6460abea98e0cb69e4a7ffc9cc0ec&sd=20190909&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art2HL&cid=20210216&mid=DM806330&rid=1085790130

    This just grieves my heart…

    https://medicalkidnap.com/2021/02/14/28-year-old-wisconsin-healthcare-worker-has-aneurysm-brain-dead-five-days-after-second-experimental-pfizer-mrna-covid-injection/

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    • 2. modres  |  February 16, 2021 at 1:12 PM

      Thanks for these links. The tragedy here of course, is that people continue to refuse to do their own research, preferring instead to have info spoon fed to them from MSM. Regarding the Left, it is easy to hate what they do, what they say, and what they incite. Still, look at Paul, who hated Christians so much that he hunted down any Jews who became Christians and either brought them to “justice” or approved of their stoning (as in the case of Stephen).

      Honestly, I don’t know how Jesus put up with Judas knowing full well what he was going to do to betray Him. It’s interesting that the betrayal did not come from outside Jesus’ ranks, but within. This is exactly what’s been happening in the USA for decades and we have now reached the tipping point.

      What I’m seeing – from where I sit – is church after church either completely unaware of what days we live in or not knowing what to do or how to live because they have managed to see the times in which we live. Too many are being caught off guard and leaders within local churches seem too unprepared to deal with it, so they try to keep going as they’ve been doing for years. It’s not working.

      Persecution is coming but as Jesus might say, “Woe to him/her through whom it comes.” At the same time, because we live in the day of grace, opportunities must be ceased to try to reach those who are perishing. I’ll admit that at times, my love for them to tends to dim, but who knows? Maybe I’ll touch some “Paul” who will go onto do tremendous things for the Lord.

      Regarding those links, I was not aware of the people who were spreading the information that the article claims to be false. But then again, the AP has lost credibility over the past several decades. I have huge questions, not necessarily about the origin of CV, but about just exactly what it is. I notice how anyone the AP disagrees with is classed as a “conspiracy theorist.”

      I find it fascinating that though I’ve read from numerous sources that the CV-19 virion has to date, not been isolated in the lab, they use the PCR tests to determine its presence AND have created a vaccine that allegedly works against it. How, if the virion has not actually been isolated? Boggles the mind.

      Regarding the death of the 28 year-old woman, I understand her husband basically said that it would’ve happened even if she had not gotten the vaccine, if it’s the situation I’m thinking of. I’m not sure how anyone can make that determination, frankly.

      I like Mercola too. He has a great deal of important information out there but is extremely censored in most areas.

      The CDC has a lot to answer for but no one with any power is asking the questions. It almost seems as though the CDC is a front for Big Pharma, but gee, I don’t want to be seen as a dreaded “conspiracy theorist.” 😀

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      • 3. Maranatha Today  |  February 16, 2021 at 3:15 PM

        “Regarding those links, I was not aware of the people who were spreading the information that the article claims to be false. But then again, the AP has lost credibility over the past several decades. I have huge questions, not necessarily about the origin of CV, but about just exactly what it is. I notice how anyone the AP disagrees with is classed as a “conspiracy theorist.”

        I hadn’t heard of these people either but yes AP is compromised because it’s run by the same ones that run the MSM…

        “The CDC has a lot to answer for but no one with any power is asking the questions. It almost seems as though the CDC is a front for Big Pharma, but gee, I don’t want to be seen as a dreaded “conspiracy theorist.” 😀

        Exactly! This is what makes me so mad at Trump…he had ample opportunity to address this whole Plandemic and vaccine issue and didn’t. Robert Kennedy Jnr was readily available but he didn’t set up the Vaccine Commission they had spoken about before his 2016 win. He instead took $1 million from Pfizer! Now look where we are….apparently only 2 or 3 in Congress hasn’t taken money from Big Pharma for campaigning etc and so they won’t bite the hand that feeds them!

        You’re right, persecution is coming…we pray to be found worthy to escape…we pray for people to wake up to the times we’re in. I praise God that people like you and S are awake. It’s not going to get better, but we will overcome.

        Thanks for all you do Modres and S. Have a blessed evening.

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      • 4. modres  |  February 16, 2021 at 3:20 PM

        Trump made mistakes. He did with the plandemic and he did with gun control too that Biden is actually building on now. Just read that the upcoming ability to fly or go on cruises may require a CV-19 vaccination passport. I’m sure it’ll happen in spite of HIPAA laws. None of it will matter since Dems/Left control Congress now.

        Thanks Maranatha!

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      • 5. Maranatha Today  |  February 16, 2021 at 3:28 PM

        Exactly Modres…it’s just awful what’s going on…and we pray and pray but because we know who our Redeemer is, we wait patiently despite it all.

        Roger and I have made up our minds we will be sitting in USA till Jesus comes. We want nothing to do with their agenda. No test, vaccine or masks. We are lucky where we live and so will wait patiently for Jesus…now what makes me so sad is that others are suffering so much during this time…the disenfranchised have no voice, the leaders are mostly corrupt and sadly too much energy was put into looking at Trump as a savior.

        You are so right about all this…we keep praying and waiting. Bless you both. I’ll catch your short take tomorrow.

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      • 6. modres  |  February 16, 2021 at 3:47 PM

        Thx Maranatha.

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      • 7. Maranatha Today  |  February 17, 2021 at 11:59 AM

        Thanks for the short…they won’t stop pushing their narrative, we won’t stop pushing the Truth. Feeling a lot better today…given all this back to God. I was going through Romans last night and this scripture resonated in my Spirit.

        Romans 9:14-18
        14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

        God will get ALL the Glory when all is said and done. He’s allowing this and I personally have given it all to Him…He’s got this Modres!

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      • 8. modres  |  February 17, 2021 at 12:12 PM

        Yep, we will not stop pushing truth, whether they like it or not. Of course they want us silenced and shut down as history repeats itself continually.

        I’ve giving it to Him as well. It’s difficult though because of what we face daily.

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  • 9. Tammra L Weinhold  |  February 15, 2021 at 3:58 PM

    I was reading through your study on Revelations. Was able to find lesson 7 but cannot find anything after that. Where is this study located?

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    • 10. modres  |  February 15, 2021 at 4:03 PM

      I’ve got a lot on Revelation. Can you provide the link to the specific article you’re referring to?

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