The woke mob has struck again. This time what was once a private email exchange became ammunition; aimed at disparaging Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. The fallout includes his resignation, predictable media shaming, and even having his name removed from the Buccaneers ‘Ring of Honor’. It should be mentioned that I do not condone or support the content of these emails. However, I do think that we are going way off the rails on this cancel culture crusade.
No one among us lacks something shameful or embarrassing hiding in our past. Not a day goes by where we don’t think, say, or do things we shouldn’t. That alone ought to make us perhaps just a little more humble and understanding. But alas, humility takes a back-seat to the acceptance and empowerment one gains in a culture that rewards those with the most virtue. **Leftist disclaimer: ‘Virtue’ is fluidly defined and complex and will be decided by those who are most offended)
Without getting too into secular morality, I will just say its foundations are fundamentally flawed. As a Christian, I am constantly being sanctified; growing in morality rooted in what God says is right and wrong. Hopefully, I am more morally mature today than I was yesterday. But if you looked at my life at any point in my past, you would surely find someone unbecoming of the person I am today.
Jon Gruden has made some pretty immature mistakes, that is undeniable. But whatever happened to forgiveness, encouragement, and biblical reproof? I mean, let him who is without sin among us be the first to cancel and judge others. Does it need to be addressed? Absolutely, yes. It should be done in love, and with a readiness to forgive. But cancel culture is anti-forgiveness culture.
Tony Dungy, who has also come under fire for appearing to defend Gruden, said that should the ex-Raider show true remorse and personal growth, he would forgive him. Here is the full tweet:
This should be our response as well. We are all united in the fact that one day, we will ALL have our every word and action picked apart. Nothing will be hidden.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-38)
When the Day of the Lord comes, will you tearfully regret the countless failures of your life? Even more, will you fall on your face with no excuse as to why you did not show the compassion you will so desperately want for yourself?
As Dungy reminds us, Forgiveness is extremely important; It’s something the Bible commands us to do. I think this culture needs to take a serious look within before it continues its vicious ‘virtue’ conquest that will ultimately come to attack all who further it. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Yes, we have all sinned. We are all imperfect. We all deserve judgment and will be judged one day. But for those who trust in Jesus, God will pass over former sins. Through Christ alone, we can be justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.
So let us be united in encouraging one another to be better. Let it be with truth and love that we confront others over sin. Finally, let us be humble. Because in a world where all sins must be exposed and punished, we should all be canceled.