Cancel Culture. It’s become an obsession of the mob mentality that has captured the headlines in America’s media this “summer of love” 2020.
Historic statutes have been toppled. Formal grammar has been revised to favor rap writ. Halls of Congress are being purged of memorials to brave generals who, right or wrong, were a part of the historic fabric of our republic and fought with valor to death for a cause they believed to be just. Military bases will be renamed, their former names being shuttered because the historic American figures for whom they were honored have been found to be flawed. The national anthem, sung with pride before ball games and other important gatherings and special occasions will have to be altered to be inclusive to particular races of people rather than to the “one nation under God” peoples that we have always been proud to be identified by.
Cancel culture? You may as well set out to change the leopard’s spots. Culture is who we are, what we have been, the pleasing and the putrid, the bad and the beautiful, the just and the unjust, all gathered up into one package around which has been wrapped a red, white and blue ribbon called Old Glory to which we unashamedly pledge allegiance because it represents America, the Beautiful, upon which God has without doubt shed His grace. Culture, the marvelous mix of every nationality under the sun with distinct preferences and, yes, prejudices. The nice and the nasty. The beauty, the beast, and the best. America, refuge for the disabled, displaced and disparaging. Home to the lost, the last and the least. Haven of hope, help, heritage and home for the masses yearning to be free.
That is culture. It is our story with the greatest generation the object of our deepest gratitude for their selfless saving of the world. It is the story of our fighting for freedom for lands to the farthest corner of the world where oppression ruled and men and women could not breathe free air for the ruthless totalitarians who ruled over them mercilessly and militarily with no form of justice or fear of judgment. Never have we asked an acre of foreign soil for our freedom fighters except a six-foot deep plot to lay their war wearied fragment riddled frames to rest. America, land of the free, home of the brave.
And you want to cancel us? Delete our history, our heritage? And replace it with hate, hollow phases, violence and destruction where lawlessness rules and where those who have the most wretched tongues and reckless ways dictate the boundaries.
God help us. Blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord. There is no biblical endorsement of any particular culture apart from that nation that seeks the favor of the Almighty, Creator God. Cancel Culture is a devilish way of saying “cancel any semblance of absolutes, of truth, of history, of order, respect and decency.”
America, it’s time to take a good long look at ourselves in the mirror of history, in the mirror of truth, in the mirror of tomorrow. Is this what you want to hand down to your grandchildren?
It is well past the hour of late. Prayer is the answer. Revival with its attending repentance is the key. People of every race, of every rank must “humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways….” Nothing there about canceling culture. God will though, “hear from heaven, and will forgive (our) sin and will heal (our) land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)
“Blessed (happy) is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.” (Ps. 33:12)