Cancel culture is the practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) people or businesses after they have done or said something considered objectionable, offensive, or politically incorrect. Cancel culture is generally group shaming. It’s a form of boycotting in which a person is then “canceled,” sometimes leading to massive declines in the person’s fanbase and career. The act of canceling could involve not watching an actor’s movies, no longer reading or promoting a writer’s works, no longer shopping at a particular store, avoiding a particular product.
Today’s mob-mentality of cancel culture is noxious, but it’s not new. The roots of cancel culture have been present throughout human history for at least 2,000 years. When Jesus attracted large crowds by his grace-based teaching of the scriptures and obtained celebrity status by his miracles, religious and political leaders took notice and became envious. Challenging their self-righteousness, questioning their authority, and calling out their hypocrisy, he went too far. They plotted to cancel Christ (Luke 23).
In a year when so much has been canceled and so many people are being canceled, we rejoice that death has been canceled (Luke 24:1-8). Christ canceled the power of sin and death so that we can live for Him!